Today, the New York City Department of Mental Health announced it has been extending the appointment dates for all people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or depression.
This is the first time since the new policy went into effect in February that the department has extended appointments to coincide with the onset of new illness.
The policy was first enacted in 2015, and it was implemented by the New Jersey Department of Health in 2016.
MassRVs, which are currently limited to people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who have been on medication for at least a year, are now eligible to get appointments as of December 6, 2019.
MassReset, the MassRv appointment service, announced this week that they have been able to accept patients on December 6 and have received appointments for all patients in their network since the policy went in place.
It’s a welcome change to the treatment landscape for many of the people who are now seeing a therapist.
“It’s a big win,” said Kristin G. Koll, a massrv executive director.
“We’ve been waiting for this for quite some time.
I’m so excited to see this happen.”
But not everyone agrees.
MassRevolt, an advocacy group that helps people with mental illness find resources, says that the policy is not going to have an impact on people with bipolar disorders.
“Bipolar disorder is an illness that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, and a person with bipolar is likely to feel as though he or she is living in a world of fear and isolation when they are actually struggling with bipolar symptoms,” a spokesperson for the group told The New York Times.
“The reality is that most people with depression, anxiety, and anxiety disorders have bipolar disorder and many are now receiving care that is designed to help them manage and manage better.”