mental health care

UIndy Launches Addiction Counseling Programs

Apr 5, 2018

The University of Indianapolis’ new addiction counseling programs are in response to a need in Indiana.

Currently, Indiana has too few behavioral health specialists to address mental health needs. And only 10 percent of this group focus specifically on addiction.

College of Applied Behavioral Sciences Dean Anita Thomas says most current behavioral health programs don’t offer enough training specializing in addiction.

A law authored by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is now implemented throughout the Armed Forces.

The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act was named after an Indiana National Guard member died from suicide in 2009 while on leave from Afghanistan. Donnelly says the bill, his first as a senator, was based on common sense.

“It recognizes that mental fitness, like physical fitness, is a crucial component of military readiness,” Donnelly says.

A new partnership aims to provide members of the Indiana National Guard with mental health and substance abuse care. Indiana National Guard behavioral health officer Maj. Scott Edwards says the program called “Mission Recovery,” tailored to service member’s needs.

“So when service members come they are meeting with a provider who understands more about the realities of being a military member,” Edwards says. “That’s hugely important for us and it’s key to the success in any kind of initiative where people come to get help for mental health or substance abuse problems.”

Legislation Aims To Increase Addiction Providers

Jun 29, 2017

More than half of Indiana counties don’t have mental health care options available. A new bipartisan proposal in Congress to increase the number of providers specializing in addiction treatment.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says many Hoosiers, just like many in America, are battling addiction to opioids and other dangerous substances. And he says there’s s a need for more professionals on the front lines.