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Quality Improvement

Perspectives
While the national conversation on mental health and addiction treatment remains focused on expanding access, an equal focus on ensuring those services are delivered with high quality is needed.
Addiction treatment providers who want to improve their quality of care can make strides by focusing in on four specific areas, Siobhan Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC, told attendees at a recent webinar presented by the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network.
With 80% of college students reporting that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health and students of color twice being as likely to not seek treatment, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, of Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital, explains how provider organizations can break down barriers.
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry announced that it has received a two-year, $32 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to address opioid and stimulant use disorders through the continuation and expansion of its national education and training network.
While coordinating care for patients with mental health disorders is critical, it is often challenging—or even overlooked—in the complex U.S. healthcare system. Evidence-based care transition models can significantly improve outcomes, especially in emergency department settings.
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