mental health en Mercy Hospital Expands Capacity for Mental Health Patients <p>Mercy Medical Center is expanding its capacity to treat people for short term mental health emergencies on its Des Moines campus. The nearly $12 million project moves the behavioral health treatment center from a separate facility, to take up two floors of the hospital’s west building.</p><p>Dr. Sasha Khostravi&nbsp;directs the unit for children and teens. Often—he says—there aren’t enough psychiatric beds to meet demand. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he average stay in the inpatient facility is three days.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:48:27 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 39260 at Mercy Hospital Expands Capacity for Mental Health Patients Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List <p>Children with serious mental health issues are waiting as long as two years to receive services in their communities.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Tammy from Iowa City whose son has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.&nbsp; She says services like respite care are essential for families exhausted from caring for a suicidal or angry child.&nbsp; But such services aren't covered by insurance.&nbsp; A children's mental health waiver is designed to cover the gap between what insurance covers and what services ar Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:53:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38748 at Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List College Depression <div>Accommodations are available for college students struggling with depression, but university counseling centers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:28:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37074 at College Depression The Art of Prescribing Antidepressants <p>Today's River to River examines the diagnosis of depression, treatment options, and the possibility of prescribing anti-depressants to people with mild symptoms of depression or even merely sadness. Guests also evaluate how depression in farmers is treated and viewed differently than others.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:53:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 34871 at The Art of Prescribing Antidepressants Mental Illness Awareness <p>In the wake of recent violence, including the recent Washington Navy Yard shooting, some look to gun control as a solution and some point to an increased focus on mental health care. Today host Ben Kieffer and guests examine the link (or lack thereof) between violence and mental illness, and they talk about the stigma surrounding the mentally ill.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:39:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 30219 at Mental Illness Awareness Budget cuts, uncertainty force residential care facility to close <p></p><p>One week before the <a href="">Abbe Center</a>&rsquo;s scheduled closing, Brandie Anderson came to pack up a van with her mother&rsquo;s belongings, destined for the nearby Penn Center.</p><p>&ldquo;It was just nice to know she was here, I think this was the safest place for her. My mom just wasn&rsquo;t a number or a resident, she was a person here,&rdquo; Anderson said. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:59:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 29725 at Budget cuts, uncertainty force residential care facility to close Problem Solving: Will Shortz and Invent Iowa <p>Name a famous person who appears regularly on NPR. His first name can be a noun or a verb, and his last name sounds like an article of clothing. Puzzlemaster&nbsp;Will Shortz joins Host Charity Nebbe to talk about how the New York Times crossword puzzle is put together and a little about his love of table tennis. &nbsp;And hear about real-world problem solving with Invent Iowa, and one particular invention made by middle school girls in Council Bluffs.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:18:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 28916 at Problem Solving: Will Shortz and Invent Iowa County Jails Struggle to Treat Mental Health Issues <p>Just about everyone – from the National Rifle Association to the American Civil Liberties Union — agrees that the mental health system in this country is broken. In Iowa, many local sheriffs say that means their county jails have become way stations for people with mental illness. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports on what can happen when county jails are tasked with caring for the mentally ill.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:54:16 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 20006 at Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign <p>July 1 is a big date for mental health care in Iowa—that’s the day funding switches over to a <em>redesigned</em> model. The legislature approved a plan to equalize mental health care funding for low income residents across the state.&nbsp; Some counties are crying foul, saying programs will be gutted. But other’s say the change they say finally gives all counties a level playing field.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:21:36 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 3904 at Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign Legislative Preview 5/7/12 <p>IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for a look at what&#39;s happening in the Iowa Legislature, as lawmakers begin their third week of overtime.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:41:18 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 1110 at Legislative Preview 5/7/12