Mental Health

Insurance changes put state's autism industry on edge

June 14, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana's autism therapists say their prospects are cloudy after the state’s largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, cut payments 40 percent and took a harder line on paying for therapy for school-age children.

Lilly study: 1 in 5 Alzheimer's patients misdiagnosed

May 20, 2013
J.K. Wall
The study results, which will be released Monday afternoon, are part of Indianapolis-based Lilly’s campaign to get Medicare to pay for use of its brain imaging agent Amyvid.

Despite funding dip, IU bets on brains

August 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city that brought the world Prozac and other neuroscience drugs is doubling down on brain research with a new $52 million research center near Methodist Hospital.

Cancer tools help Roche with Alzheimer's drug

May 13, 2012
Bloomberg News
Treatments for central nervous system diseases have a huge potential payoff, analysts say. A hint of whether the gamble may pay off is due in the second half of this year, as Eli Lilly and Co. and Pfizer Inc. announce results for Alzheimer’s drugs that attack the same protein as Roche’s experimental drug.

Wishard to use $8.3M grant to stem substance abuse

September 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
At three community health centers, all patients will be asked about their alcohol and drug usage confidentially, as part of an early-intervention approach designed to cut down addictions and reduce hospitalization.

IU shrink explores mental health blood tests

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Alexander B. Niculescu, a psychiatrist at the IU School of Medicine, has won a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to hunt for the presence of certain proteins in the blood that would indicate that a patient suffers from a mood disorder, which afflicts one in five Americans.

Widowed car dealer Christine Burd becomes mental health advocate

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Burd, who is president of Burd Ford, a mother of four, and a fixture on television commercials for the dealership, has become an advocate for mental health following her husband's suicide.

State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.

Wishard squeezes in more patientsRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Occupancy at Wishard Hospital was 98 percent before the recession and is still that high, and more people have been coming as inpatients and as mental health patients, forcing the hospital to come up with creative ways to handle the load.

State to privatize mental-health hospitalRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
State officials are advancing plans to privatize a state-run hospital for the mentally ill and now are looking for a not-for-profit to build and manage a new facility in Indianapolis.
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  1. As I understand it, the idea is to offer police to live in high risk areas in exchange for a housing benefit/subsidy of some kind. This fact means there is a choice for the officer(s) to take the offer and receive the benefit. In terms of mandating living in a community, it is entirely reasonable for employers to mandate public safety officials live in their community. Again, the public safety official has a choice, to live in the area or to take another job.

  2. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

  3. We gotta stop this Senior crime. Perhaps long jail terms for these old boozers is in order. There are times these days (more rather than less) when this state makes me sick.

  4. One option is to redistribute the payroll tax already collected by the State. A greater share could be allocated to the county of the workplace location as opposed to the county of residency. Not a new tax, just re-allocate what is currently collected.

  5. Have to agree with Mal Burgess. The biggest problem is massive family breakdown in these neighborhoods. While there are a lot of similiarities, there is a MASSIVE difference between 46218 and 46219. 46219 is diluted by some stable areas, and that's probably where the officers live. Incentivizing is fine, but don't criticize officers for choosing not to live in these neighbor hoods. They have to have a break from what is arguably one of the highest stress job in the land. And you'll have to give me hard evidence that putting officers there is going to make a significant difference. Solid family units, responsible fathers, siblings with the same fathers, engaged parents, commitment to education, respect for the rule of law and the importance of work/a job. If the families and the schools (and society) will support these, THEN we can make a difference.