May is Mental Health Awareness Month and much will be written on the status of mental health care in our country over the next 30 days. As the leading peer-led national organization for people living with mood disorders, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is pleased to contribute to that conversation through our relationship with Psych Central. Beginning today we will author a monthly post to address mental health public policy issues. Our goal is to create awareness and foster dialogue around access to quality mental health care for people living with mood disorders.
We embarked on this goal a year ago when we partnered with Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) and published the first Care For Your Mind post. Since then we have covered a variety of topics in that blog including the role of mental health parity and the Affordable Care Act in accessing quality mental health care, to the role of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in restricting access to antidepressants and antipsychotics for recipients of Medicare Part D.