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Newsom Signs Law to Grow Mental Health Coverage

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that for the first time in California defines “medical necessity," a move aimed at requiring private health insurance plans to pay for more mental health and drug addiction treatments. State and federal ...
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Newsom Makes Homelessness the State’s No. 1 Issue

California should lower the legal bar for providing forced treatment to the mentally ill and building more homeless shelters, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in his second State of the State address. Newsom proposed lowering the threshold for conservatorsh...
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Regulators to Set up 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Number Like 911

NEW YORK — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthr...