October Brings Significant Attention to Mental Health and Illness

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To keep you better informed about some of the biggest news and developments concerning behavioral and mental health, below are 10 of the most significant reports published in September. Highlights include stories on the mental health crisis, Medicare coverage, care gaps, and barriers to substance use treatment. 

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  1. The Mental Health Crisis, How We Got Here, and Where We Go Next
    nView's Thomas Young, MD, explains why the U.S. mental health crisis requires innovation in treatment and recovery, and the development of mechanisms to provide and pay for them. 
  1. Medicare Needs to Cover the Full Spectrum of Care for Substance Use Disorders
    An opinion column in STAT argues for Medicare to cover the full range of substance use disorder treatment services and providers. 
  1. Mental Health in America: 'The Kids Are Not Alright'
    There has been a significant increase in the use of acute care services for depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, especially among U.S. children and adolescents over the last six years. 
  1. New Behavioral Health Database Reveals Gaps in Care
    A team of researchers has created a data mapping tool intended to provide the "first comprehensive national database on the behavioral health workforce." 
  2. Mental Health Hospital Admissions Have Increased Among Youths
    Nearly a third of non-newborn pediatric hospital admissions from 2016 to 2020 were linked to mental health needs. 



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  3. HHS 'Roadmap' Aims to Tackle Nation's Mental Health Crisis
    HHS released its "Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration," which is intended to better incorporate mental health and substance use care into the healthcare system. 
  1. Patients Identify Barriers in Transition to Outpatient Substance Use Treatment and Highlight Need for Continuity of Care
    Research shows patients transitioning from short-term inpatient medically managed withdrawal programs (i.e., detox centers) to outpatient treatment identified a lack of continuity of care as a significant barrier to substance use treatment. Patients also expressed the need for care that incorporates options and respect for individualized preferences and needs. 
  1. Mental Health More Important Than Ever in COVID Era, Says Children's Hospital LA Survey
    A survey revealed that almost half of all adult Californians and more than a quarter of teens in L.A. County reported experiencing anxiety or depression last year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  1. U.S. Teens' Drinking, Smoking Declines While Vaping & Pot Use Keep Rising
    Fewer U.S. teenagers are drinking and smoking these days, but marijuana and vaping use have increased, particularly among those with more unsupervised free time, according to a study. 
  1. HHS Approves Nation's First Medicaid Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Program, To Be Launched in Oregon
    Oregon will be the first state to roll out a mobile crisis intervention program in Medicaid. The program's focus will be on behavioral health care. 
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