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Do you believe that emergency departments can better address mental health issues?

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Is a psychiatric advance directive in place for you or your loved one with a mood disorder?

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What do you think should happen to the Affordable Care Act?

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What do you think is the biggest obstacle for providing immigrants with mental health care?

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Do you think that wellness programs in a person’s workplace can make a positive impact on mental health?

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Does your workplace have a supportive environment for mental health and wellness?

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If you were having money-related stress, would it help you if your provider could refer you to financial resources in your community?

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Have you ever received workplace accommodations for a mental health condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act or taken leave for a mental health condition using the Family Medical Leave Act?

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Are you confident that you will have access to affordable healthcare next year?

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Do you think that the federal government should facilitate the development of new treatments for depression?

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How long do you think it will take for research into the brain to result in effective depression treatments?

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Do you think that scientists should study the brain to find more effective treatments for depression?

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Should the federal government support more research into understanding depression?

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Does your provider understand your treatment goals?

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Do you support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)?

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Does your primary care provider conduct regular depression screenings?

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Would you want to have your treatment experience be considered (anonymously) in the drug-approval process?

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Are you surprised that Congress passed a mental health reform bill this session?

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What do you think are the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)?

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Should the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adjust its Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes to account for patients who need psychiatric medication?

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Do you think that older people get adequate attention to mental health issues?

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What is your perception of mental health care for military families?

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How important are peer-to-peer programs for addressing Veterans’ mental health needs?

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Have you and your provider used a decision aid in making treatment decisions?

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Will more patient involvement in policy-making improve the healthcare system?

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Do you think the next President of the United States will make meaningful changes to mental health care?

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Would you want your provider to use shared decision making, so that you use your provider’s expertise and decision aids to make treatment decisions according to your priorities?

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If telemedicine were covered by your insurance, would you use it?

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Do you think having commercial health insurance gets you better access to health care than an Affordable Care Act marketplace plan?

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Has it been difficult for you to get an appointment with an in-network psychiatrist?

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Do you think that your state is doing enough to enforce mental health parity with insurers?

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How well is mental health parity (the equality between health insurance benefits for mental health conditions and those for other medical conditions) being implemented in your state?

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Do family members help in shared decision making for people living with mood disorders?

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Has your child’s mental health provider involved you and your child in making treatment decisions?

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Would you like to have the support of a peer specialist in making mental health care decisions?

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Who decides your mental health treatment? (Select the choice that best fits)

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Is Your Faith Community Supportive About Mental Health Issues?

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Do you believe that a person’s words or behavior can make them criminally responsible for another’s suicide?

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How important do you think peer support is to improving the mental healthcare system?

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Have you or someone you know experienced insurance-related delays in payment or denials of coverage for mental health care in the past year?

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Do you think that fewer but bigger health insurance companies will be good for patient care?

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Do you believe that more Veterans will have timely access to mental health care if Congress increases funding to the VA?

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Should the VA be the primary provider of mental health services for returning Veterans?

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Are peer specialists a good way of making mental health care more available for Veterans?

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Which of these does your local government (county, city, or town) use to support mental health services? (Choose all that apply.)

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Has your state participated in Medicaid expansion?

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How do you think the budgets changed for public health agencies as a whole from 2010 through 2014?

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Are federal mental health programs adequately funded?

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What barriers to care have you faced? (Choose all that apply)

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Does your mental health care provider work with you to achieve your wellness goals?

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Do you think we can make substantial progress on improving maternal mental health care by the year 2020?

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Do you believe that legislation can help our society to better address postpartum depression?

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Where did you (or someone you care about) find resources to help with perinatal mental health issues? (Select all that apply)

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Where you live, is there a statewide program that supports OBs and pediatricians in addressing perinatal depression?

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If you or someone you know has experienced perinatal mental health issues, which kind of provider was most effective in treatment?

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Who should screen new mothers and mothers-to-be for depression? (Select all that apply)

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Have you or someone you know been affected by depression during pregnancy or postpartum?

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If a colleague were showing signs of depression, would you say something to them about it?

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Have you worked for an organization that promotes employee mental health?

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If you thought reasonable accommodations would help you at work, would you ask for them?

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If someone in your workplace were speaking publicly about their experience with depression, would you attend?

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Do you feel comfortable talking about personal mental health issues in your workplace?

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In 2016, do you expect that the mental health care system will be improved?

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If a vote were taken on the mental health reform bills in Congress (H.R. 2646 and S. 1945) now, would you want them to be approved or not?

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Do you believe that mental health practitioners should inquire about the role of faith for the people living with mood disorders that they see?

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Does your health insurance (or Medicare or Medicaid) use tiers for prescription medicine co-pays (e.g., lowest cost for generic, middle cost for preferred name brand, high cost for non-preferred name brand)?

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In 2015, did your health insurance plan coverage meet your expectations?

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Do you feel equipped to support veterans in your faith community?

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Would you participate in a peer-led program to support your mental health recovery?

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Which do you think provides more effective care for people living with mood disorders: collaborative care (with the primary care provider, psychiatrist, and case manager together in one practice) or siloed care (with mental health care separate from primary care and no case manager)?

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Are colleges and universities doing enough to address the mental health of students?

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Have schools provided needed accommodations for mental health for yourself or a loved one?

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Were/are you able to find mental health support at college?

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Does your college or university (where you attend, or a relative attends, or a nearby school) provide enough mental health supports for students?

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Should local schools provide mental health awareness and suicide prevention training for students?

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Should elementary school children be taught skills for emotional health?

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Has your treatment provider worked with you to achieve your goals? (Examples are returning to work or school, being able to participate in particular activities, etc.)

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Do you believe that your local public mental health service provides patient-centric care?

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Have you experienced “patient-centered care,” where you collaborate with your clinician and your family in a way that addresses your whole health?

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Does your faith community provide support on mental health issues?

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Should children of elementary school age be introduced to suicide prevention programs?

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Do you think family members should have more rights than they currently do in psychiatric emergency situations?

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Would you consider receiving crisis care at an alternative facility rather than the hospital emergency department?

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How would you rate your most recent experience at a hospital emergency department for a mental health emergency, whether for yourself or a loved one?

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What’s your current advocacy priority, federal or state?

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Do you think your provider respects how your spirituality or faith affects your treatment?

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Do you have family or friends who can’t take a sick day off from work without risking their income or job?

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If you had a mental health condition that significantly impaired your functioning, would you consider taking time off from work?

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In your experience, is work a part of discussion with mental health providers?

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Does your treatment plan, or the treatment plan of your loved one, account for what happens during your workday?

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Have you or a family member been denied coverage for mental health care?

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Would you support legislation that places limits on the amount of money consumers would pay for medications?

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The VA makes peer support services available to Veterans in treatment. Should non-Veterans have access to peer support as a part of mental health care?

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If Peer Specialist services were available to help you or your loved one with mental health care, would you use them?

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Would you use coordinated care if your providers offered it?

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Have you experienced coordinated care, where physical and mental health conditions are managed in concert?

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Would you rather be diagnosed and treated for depression by your primary care provider or a mental health professional?

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Does your (or your loved one’s) mental health provider explain why they recommend a particular treatment?

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Should mental health providers assess for intimate partner violence?

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Speak Out About Potential Reductions to Medicare Part D Benefits

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