United States Citizen Fund

Rod Lingsch for Congress 2024

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USCF Mental Healthcare (MHC)

     The human brain is a true wonder.   It is the most complex object that we recognize in the known universe.   Every one of us is born with about 100 billion neurons and 2,500 synaptic connections per neuron.   From birth to three years of age, the brain doubles in size by developing 1 million new synaptic connections per second.   This results in each neuron connecting to about 15,000 other neurons, producing 100 trillion total synaptic connections.   As children grow to adulthood, the synaptic connections that are reinforced through life’s experiences remain while underutilized connections fade away.   Unfortunately, the repetition of less-than-desirable experiences in life can cause the brain to develop in a way that promotes anxiety, depression, phobias, and other forms of mental illness.
      Taking care of our mental health is just as important as any other aspect of healthcare; however, it is neglected by many because of unfounded stigma and fear.   USCF works to reverse this mindset and help people understand the importance of taking care of their mental health.   Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being which affects how we feel, think and act.   Our mental health determines how we handle stress, make choices, and relate to other people.   Promoting good mental health is the most important aspect of healthy human development.   It is particularly important for our children as it affects the proper development of their brain which will impact them throughout their life.   This is one of the main reasons for integrating Primary Healthcare into our Primary and Secondary Education system.
      It is a very important part of Primary Healthcare for schools to recognize and assess any potential mental healthcare and special needs of children.   Typically, children with behavioral issues will require some form of Mental Healthcare support, while children with special needs may require both Chronic Healthcare and Mental Healthcare.   Teachers and administrators are usually the first to recognize behavioral and mental health changes in the children they serve.   Having the compassion to ensure every one of our children has the opportunity to develop the best brain possible not only benefits the child but society as a whole.   All MHC expenses for children are covered by the USCF Primary and Secondary Education Fund.
      Adults typically seek assessment and have their Mental Healthcare evaluation covered under Primary Healthcare. Individuals could also be recommended for MHC evaluation from any of their other USCF healthcare programs.   After an individual’s mental healthcare needs are identified, they will be required to begin contributing to their MHC coverage.   As with all USCF healthcare programs, funds are accrued in the citizen’s Healthcare Saving Account and utilized when needed to cover the expenses of their healthcare needs.
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