Disabilities

Disabilities in the United States Introduction to Rights of Persons with Disabilities According to the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, jr. declared in Buck v. Bell (1927) that the state's police power authorized involuntary sterilization of […]

Health

Health in the United States Executive Order 13544 Executive Order in relation with the establishment of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (June 10, 2010): "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States […]

Disease

Disease in the United States Disease Historic Definition For the purpose of furnishing an excuse for what would otherwise be a crime, voluntary drunkenness is not regarded as a disease affecting the mind; but involuntary drunkenness, and diseases caused by voluntary drunkenness, fall, so far […]

Drug Addiction Recovery

Drug Addiction Recovery in the United States Note: Learn about the treatment of drug addiction in this entry Recovery is a process of change and growth through which people with substance use disorders stop using, and reestablish friendships and family ties, build positive social networks, […]

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health in the United States Presidential Memoranda Presidential Memoranda regarding the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force (March 29, 2016): My Administration has made behavioral health a priority and taken a number of steps to improve the prevention, […]

Disability Benefits

Disability Benefits in the United States Plain-English Law Disability Benefits as defined by Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law (p. 437-455):Money paid from Social Security to those under 65 who qualify because of their work and earnings record and who meet the program’s medical guidelines […]

Advance Directives

Advance Directives in the United States Health Care and Living Will Advance Directives Advance directives are legal documents prepared in order to express the health care wishes of a patient who may be unable to speak directly with health care personnel due to health issues. This document […]

Veterans Mental Health

Veterans Mental Health in the United States Executive Order Executive Order in relation with Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families (August 31, 2012): By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the […]

General Assistance

General Assistance in the United States Forms of Welfare in the United States: General Assistance Introduction to General Assistance No federal cash welfare programs exist for people who are clearly able to work-single adults and couples who have no dependent children and who are not eligible […]

Early Welfare Programs

Early Welfare Programs in the United States History of Welfare: Early Welfare Programs in the United States Introduction to Early Welfare Programs The American colonists essentially imported the framework of the British Poor Laws. By the early 19th century, states required that counties or […]