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  1. All good suggestions toward the end. But most importantly, the mental health community and the public in general need to accept your assertion that we must work to make the government serve our needs. Declaring government “evil” polarizes the discussion. Instead, let’s work together to make our voices heard so that mental health care no longer take a (tiny) back seat to physical health care discussions.

  2. Misty,

    You perfectly articulated my concerns about getting out of third-party reimbursement. A big chunk of my practice is fee for service, but I do accept Medicare & TRICARE because those programs serve populations I want to serve. Opting out of all insurance would restrict my ability to help others.

    Mental health professionals have a tough enough time doing self-advocacy in business. The idea of advocating in the bigger system is foreign. *AND* we need to learn that. Where can we start? I know our State Committee has a legislative advocacy day.

    Well said!

    Ann

  3. Here, here for an excellent article by Dr. Hook. She is right on with suggesting that we as therapists must all work together to change the problems in mental health reimbursement. I don’t like what is going on anymore than the next mental health professional, but it won’t change if we all run away. We can’t wait for others to fix it or walk away from those who need us.

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