State of Mind Episode 1

Posted on by Annette Vasulka

CBS began a five-part digital series on Wednesday for mental health awareness month. The first installment focuses on the Schwartz family and their two sons who battle different disorders including OCD, bipolar, anxiety and substance abuse.

Many families know the realities of insurance appeals. Current legislation is in development to help with insurance coverage: "'The fight for those who suffer from mental illness and addiction really is a fight to integrate them into the larger health care community, which they've really been prohibited from because of the nature of this separate and unequal treatment of mental illness and addiction,' said former Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, who is now an advocate for mental health. 'We have to get the insurance companies to comply with the federal Mental Health and Addiction Parity Act," he said.'"

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