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With several types of nonphysician health professionals competing for turf in the mental health arena, some clinicians may have mixed feelings about the addition of physician assistants to psychiatric practices.

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Whether the Department of Justice continues to extend the reach of the Americans With Disabilities Act may depend on whether states choose to fight or settle class-based ADA claims.

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The term “team players” initially referred to athletes and later became part of the workplace jargon. Now it looks as if the term is being extended to psychiatrists as well.

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Illinois physicians successfully argue that a psychologist prescribing bill should include more stringent training requirements and restrictions on patient populations psychologists could treat.

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It was agreed that both sides have much to learn from each other to provide the best evidence-based care to individuals with mental illness who may also be members of faith communities and inclined to take their difficulties to a religious leader before seeking psychiatric care.

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Florida hopes an innovative new program will lead to improved outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and lower costs for their treatment.

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Delegates note that current best practice does not require sex-reassignment surgery for transgender patients and that gender identification can be achieved via psychological and hormonal treatment alone.

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A public-health research agency and a private foundation set out to catalyze fundamental change in youth mental health care in Canada in five years. After an 18-month process, a proposal to achieve that end is selected.

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