Review of the Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence, with Specific Regard to Mental Health Issues

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction The White House recently released a proposal of executive actions intended to reduce gun violence in the United States. These executive actions come as a response to a decade of an overwhelming amount of gun-related deaths, injuries, and crimes. The Administration has announced that the executive actions are designed to: […]

The Challenge of Suicide in Older Adults

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction Older adults experience a high rate of suicide. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web-based Inquiry Statistics and Query Reporting System, in 2014, 7,693 adults aged 65 and older died from suicide; the age-adjusted rate of suicide per 100,000 was 16.73 for this age group. […]

Mental Health Expenditures in Florida: Concerning Trends Throughout the Past Decade

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction Florida’s mental health system has remained significantly and chronically underfunded. Mental health expenditures across the United States have been relatively minimal in comparison to the prevalence of mental illness (according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], approximately 18.5% of adults in the U.S. currently experience any […]

Long-Term Care: Aging and Disabled Adults Literature Review

By Larry Polivka (2011), prepared for the Department of Elder Affairs. Long-term Care (LTC) has slowly emerged as a public policy issue over the last several years, but has yet to achieve the level of visibility of issues such as the growing number of medically uninsured, or the fiscal sustainability of Medicare. The aging of […]

The Global Florida and Long-Term Care Across Post-Industrial Countries

By Larry Polivka Long-term care is slowly emerging as an important public policy issue in the U.S., and more rapidly in other developed countries where populations age 65 and over are projected to double over the next 30 to 40 years (Johnson et al. 2007).  The need for long-term care is greatest among those 80 and […]