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Insurance Coverage for Psychological Services: Resources on the Mental Health Parity Law

A law passed in 2008, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (also known as the mental health parity law or federal parity law), requires coverage of services for mental health, behavioral health and substance-use disorders to be comparable to physical health coverage. Yet many people still aren't aware that the law exists or how it affects them. In fact, a 2014 APA survey found that more than 90 percent of Americans were unfamiliar with the mental health parity law.

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How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling Emotionally

It's not always obvious when a child is struggling emotionally. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking early and effective mental health services are critical for educational achievement, as well as long-term health and happiness. That's why APA partnered with the National Parent Teacher Association to host an important conversation: How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling Emotionally. Listen to APA members speaking with parents and educators on how to recognize when a youth is struggling, and what to do about it when you know a child or teen needs help.

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