Continuing Stigma

A great series of articles about the stigma which follows people who try to get assistance within the behavioral healthcare field:

http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2014/06/25/stigma-of-mental-illness/9875351/

“Stigma, a common thread in this series, forces many to live in shame rather than seek support, even as their lives unravel. Yet patients who want help often can’t find it, says Kennedy, who has acknowledged his own struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Stigma even shaped the crafting of the Medicaid law a half-century ago, because Congress didn’t want to ‘waste’ federal money on mental illness, says Ron Manderscheid, executive director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Disability Development Directors. “People were operating under the belief that mental health was a black hole for money,” Manderscheid says.

About Jeffrey Lynne

Jeffrey C. Lynne is a South Florida native, representing individuals and business entities relating to licensing, accreditation, regulatory compliance, business structure, marketing, real estate, zoning and litigation pertaining to substance abuse treatment facilities and sober living residences. Mr. Lynne has been recognized across the region as a leader in progressive public dialogue about the role that substance abuse treatment has within our communities and the fundamental need and right to provide safe and affordable housing for those who are both in treatment for addiction and alcoholism as well as those who are established in their recovery.

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