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Anosognosia. Do the Seriously Mentally Ill know it?

January 4, 2016 · 4 Comments 

Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”.  It frustrates their families  – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.

Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prisonSo they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.

This is a big problem.   But it isn’t the only problem.  Read more »

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Two Events – You Are Invited!

December 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Come to a Reception Honoring

Senators Sylvia Allen, Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko and Kimberly Yee.

WHEN: Tuesday Jan. 5th 5-7:30pm

WHERE:  Susie Steven’s Home 6116 N. 38th Place, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253

SUPPORT Your Conservative Republican Women Senators!

RSVP:  info@nancybarto.com or donate online or by mail (see below)

Or plan to attend the event on January 6th

SUPPORTING:  Sen. Nancy Barto, Chairwoman of the Health & Human Services Committee

WHERE:  Hanny’s – 40 N. First St, Phoenix, AZ  from 1:30-3:30

Thank you!  Your support is much appreciated!

Nancy Barto for Senate
P.O. Box 71297 Phoenix, AZ 85050
Online at www.NancyBarto.com

Burges 2016
P.O. Box 5361 Sun City West, AZ 85375

Griffin for Senate 2016
P.O. Box 628 Hereford, AZ 85615

Re-Elect Debbie Lesko 2016
P.O. Box 5292 Peoria, AZ 85385
Or Online: www.DebbieLesko.com

Kimberly Yee for Arizona 2016
P.O. BOX 83561 Phoenix, AZ 85071
Or online: www.KimberlyYee.com

2nd event!

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“When psych beds go down, incarceration goes up”

January 4, 2016 · 7 Comments 

Chief Biasotti of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) got it right. Since the 1950’s the number of psychiatric beds in the U.S. have been reduced by 95% (replaced by “community treatment”).   Now at least 14-16% of Arizona’s incarcerated prisoners suffer with mental illness.

Families are at their wit’s end as they try to secure proper treatment and placement for loved ones suffering with serious mental illness who, instead, cycle in and out of ERs, end up homeless, in our prisons or are outsourced to the police – and the morgue.  Also see DJ Jaffe’s It’s not about money – it’s about misplaced priorities.’

This is just one of the many gaps in Arizona’s mental health system! Here are some of the solutions bridging them: Read more »

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Anosognosia. Do the Seriously Mentally Ill know it?

January 4, 2016 · 4 Comments 

Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”.  It frustrates their families  – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.

Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prisonSo they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.

This is a big problem.   But it isn’t the only problem.  Read more »

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Get to know Kelli Ward

December 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Today Senator Kelli Ward announced her first round of endorsements for her 2016 run for the U.S. Senate.  I am proud to be among them.  Here’s why:

Over the last two years I have had the honor of working closely with Dr. Kelli Ward on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  In addition to chairing her own Committee – Senate Education – Kelli Ward was an exemplary Vice Chair of the Sen. HHS Committee, using her extensive expertise as an Osteopathic Physician in that capacity – promoting and supporting free market health care reforms, protections for the unborn and opposing the effects of Obamacare in Arizona.

We made progress in Arizona because of Dr. Kelli Ward.  Patients have more freedoms and choice today in Arizona because of her support and leadership. Arizona’s Medicaid system will have more accountability measures to protect taxpayers and to fight opioid addiction and doctor-shopping.  These are just a few ways Kelli Ward has made a difference in Arizona.

This is what we need in Washington D.C. –  Strong, fearless leadership.  Leadership that goes to the mat for health care freedom and that protects the vulnerable at every stage of life.

Let’s shake up Washington!  Join me in supporting Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate.

Legislative Action

“When psych beds go down, incarceration goes up”

“When psych beds go down, incarceration goes up”

Chief Biasotti of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) got it right. Since the 1950’s the number of psychiatric beds in the U.S. have been reduced by 95%... [Read more]


News and Media

Tracking Obamacare News

Tracking Obamacare News

Rationing ‘Marginally Beneficially Care’ –  the scary side of ‘best practices’. Obamacare ruined my healthcare-now I’m just another statistic... [Read more]