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New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.

The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.

Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The American Psychological Association has issued a survey on people’s awareness of a 2008 law that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for mental and behavioral health coverage.

Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced the Behavioral Health Grant program Tuesday. In a statement, Coakley says part of the effort is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse.

The AG’s office awarded Pittsfield-based Berkshire Health Systems $500,000 to connect care providers and patients in rural areas.

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While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, New York Congressman and retired army colonel Chris Gibson said one of the most important services provided to veterans suffering from mental illness is a peer-to-peer program.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Officer Frank McClement and Peer to Peer Coordinator Amy Hughes on services available to service men and women.

    Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight?

   Simon Winchester has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular The Professor and the Madman, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.

In his new memoir, The Man with the Electrified Brain, he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.

The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health services. Biden will announce the funds Tuesday when he meets with relatives of Newtown victims at the White House.

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  Beth Manion is a mental health advocate, writer and public speaker whose work focuses on increasing awareness of issues surrounding mental illness.  She is a member of Board of Directors of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts.   

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving $9 million in federal grant money to better address the mental health needs of youths.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday the state will use part of the funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to promote training, consultation and early identification of mental health problems in children and young adults.

The bulk of the funding will be spent on decreasing youth violence and promoting healthy child development.