December 1, 2009

Ticket to Work Schedule Update

During the NAMI 2009 conference we met with representatives of the Social Security Adminstration's Ticket to Work program which provides financial incentives for small businesses to employ people with disabilities. This program has been retooled recently with the objective of making it easier and more lucrative for businesses to hire people who suffer from bipolar disorder, depression and other Mental Illnesses. This program has just released a schedule of events in 17 states during December and January. For more information or to sign up for one of these program you can access Ticket to Work. If you own a small Read more...
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October 29, 2009

Government program supports Employment for people with bipolar disorder and other disabilities

During the NAMI 2009 conference we met with representatives of the Social Security Adminstration's Ticket to Work program which provides financial incentives for small businesses to employ people with disabilities. This program has been retooled recently with the objective of making it easier and more lucrative for businesses to hire people who suffer from bipolar disorder, depression and other Mental Illnesses. Earlier today, we received a note from this program with a schedule of events in 15 states during November. For more information or to sign up for one of these program you can access Ticket to Work. If you Read more...
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September 1, 2006

Bipolar disorder takes twice depression's toll in workplace

Research Suggests that Productivity lags even after mood lifts Bipolar disorder costs twice as much in lost productivity as major depressive disorder, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has found. Each U.S. worker with bipolar disorder averaged 65.5 lost workdays in a year, compared to 27.2 for major depression. Even though major depression is more than six times as prevalent, bipolar disorder costs the U.S. workplace nearly half as much -- a disproportionately high $14.1 billion annually. Researchers traced the higher toll mostly to bipolar disorder's more severe depressive episodes Read more...
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January 24, 2006

Bipolar disorder in the workplace

Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization, and depression will soon be the leading cause of sick leave in the workplace. Awareness and accommodation from employers is crucial and yet stigma prevails. Most companies do not have a mental health policy. Employees lose their jobs over diminished functioning, while if they had flexibility to adapt to the workplace during episodes they wouldn't work incapacitated while not informing their supervisors of the issue, out of fear. Source: Psychcentral Read the full story Read more...
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September 15, 2005

Disclosing Bipolar Disorder to an Employer

Determining whether to disclose your bipolar disorder to an employer can be a difficult decision to make. As Dr.Miklowitz states, those with bipolar disorder usually pick one of four options: "-Tell everyone about the condition, including the boss and co-workers. -Tell one or more trusted co-workers who don't hold positions of authority. -Don't tell anyone, but admit to having a bipolar disorder on any work-sponsored health insurance claims, opening the possibility that the employer may find out. -Don't tell anyone at work, and don't use your employer-provided health insurance to cover treatment costs." Of course, under the Americans with Disabilities Read more...
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July 20, 2005

Friendship House, Employment, & Bipolar Disorder

Desire to work strong in many of the (psychiatrically disabled); Programs exist to help them achieve that goal A new article discusses the Friendship House. Located in New Jersey, the Friendship House, is a non-profit center which helps the psychiatrically disabled with employment. Such centers seem valuable considering the difficulties psychiatrically disabled people face while attempting to get a job. The center "offers behavioral health services, vocational training and employment support." A large number of the Friendship House's clients have disabilites such as schizoffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. Despite their different disabilities, most clients share the common goal of Read more...
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Pilots & Bipolar Disorder

U.S. Says 46 Pilots Lied To Obtain Their Licenses Recently, the news has covered the case of 46 pilots who are being charged by prosecutors for "lying to federal authorities to obtain airplane licenses." This coverage is relevant to not only bipolar disorder but also to other mood or brain disorders. The pilots are being accussed of hiding "debilitating illnesses" which, if revealed would have "kept them (the pilots) grounded." The pilots, who were indicted this week by grand juries in the eastern and northern federal districts of California, were identified during an 18-month criminal air traffic safety investigation by Read more...
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