Healthy People Consortium Meeting and Public Hearing
"Building the Next Generation of Healthy People"
November 12 and 13, 1998
Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

Mental Health and Mental Disorders

The Healthy People 2010 coordinators would like to thank the thirteen individuals who participated in the public comment segment specifically related to the mental health section. Many specific points were captured and will be distributed to the workgroup members.

Three major themes were discussed.

Overview Section

  1. The chapter goal could be re-written to include the following underlined area: "Improve the mental health of all Americas by ensuring access to culturally competent appropriate, high-quality services informed by scientific research."
  2. "Dynamics of the Problem" segment needs to include concerns raised about managed care organizations who (a.) Define "medical necessity" so narrowly that psychosocial treatments for persons with serious mental illness are restricted or denied (b.) "Carve out" the behavioral health services thereby minimizing the cost offsets gained by the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in relation to the utilization of general medical services and (c.) Have a policy of not reimbursing primary care providers to screen for mental health problems which will serve as a barrier to the identification and treatment of mental disorders.

Draft Objectives

  1. The first objective (Reduce suicides to no more than 9.6 per 100,000 people.) was discussed at length. Several individuals stated that it needed to be viewed as a national health problem deserving of the highest priority. Issues related to access to services, public awareness of the problem, and the need to increase the funds to design new research methodologies to study suicide were discussed as possible strategies. It was suggested that the target to reduce to 9.6 per 100,000 needed to be reduced further so it is considerably lower than the best select population. Participants raised the issue of setting more "realistic" goals for select populations.


Robert Bohlman, Director
Office of Gov't Relations
200 N Glebe Road, Suite 1015
Arlington, VA 22203-3735
Phone: (703) 516-7997
Fax: (703) 524-9094
(Surrogate for Dr. Laura Lee Hall (703) 524-7600

Joyce Haas
American Academy of Family Physicians
880 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: (816) 333-9700 x5540

GGil Hill, Directo
America Psychological Association
Office of Rural Health
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5857
Fax: 336-5797

Doris Luclanbill, President
National Association of School Nurses
P.O. Box 1300
Scarborough, Maine 04070
Phone: (207) 883-2117

David Mahrer, Ph.D.
Deputy DirectorSouth Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 898-8574

Sandra McElhaney, MA
Special Assistant to the President
National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971

Denis Nissim-Sabat
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 336-6104

Drena Reaves-Bey, MPA
DOH, OMCH, DC HealthyStart
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20032
Phone: (202) 645-4178
Fax: (202) 562-5084

Gail Ritchie, M.S.W.
Center for Mental Health Services
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18C-07
Rockville, MD 20857

Jane Ryan, President
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
1200 19th Street N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 857-1133
Fax: (202) 223-4579

Fred Seitz, Ph.D.
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(301) 436-3548

Dorita Sewell, Ph.D.
Healthy People Coordinator and Steering Committee Member
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Andrea Stephensen
Washington Consumer Advocacy
18207 85th Avenue Ct. E.
Pugallup, Washington 98373
Phone & Fax: (253) 847-8687

Gerald (Jerry) H. Weyrauch
Elsie P. Weyrauch
Founders, SPAN
(Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network)
5034 Odin's Way
Marietta, GA 30068
1 800-649-1366
Fax: 770-624-1419

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