Mental Health : A State Of Well Being Essay

1166 Words Feb 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (2014). Research studies have shown that “One in four Americans experience mental illness at some point in their lives. Mental illness is the greatest cause of disability in the nation, and twice as many Americans live with schizophrenia than with HIV/AIDS” (Aron, Honberg, Duckworth, et al, 2009, p. ix). On the WHO’s Sustainable Development Agenda is mental health, which brings me to the Excellence in Mental Health Act that was introduced on February 7, 2013 by Debbie Stabenow, Senior Senator from Michigan Democrat. The bill is intended to expand access to community mental health centers and improve the quality of mental health care for all Americans (Civic Impulse, 2016).
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Behavioral Health Service (BHS) is responsible for providing care to Arizonans with mental illness who qualify based on income and/or illness. Since the mid-1980s, Maricopa County has been under court order to develop and improve its mental health system. Filed in 1981, the Arnold vs. Sarn lawsuit alleged inadequate mental health care. In a 1986 ruling, which was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court in 1989, the state was ordered to develop a mental health care system (Newton,…

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