The impact of requiring social distancing as a response to a spreading pandemic is especially complex in an environment in which socialization is a critical part of the therapeutic paradigm. Responses to this dilemma are widely varied.
The Mental Health Liaison Group has asked CMS that the flexibilities around telehealth it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic be extended one year after the emergency period is declared over to evaluate the potential for certain changes to become permanent.
It is ironic that deinstitutionalization from state psychiatric hospitals and decarceration from city and county jails—major objectives long sought by the behavioral health community—have turned into significant problems in the COVID-19 era.
The global pandemic can be remembered as the time we decided to reach more people. Here are three areas of behavioral healthcare we can prioritize for positively changing behavioral healthcare as we know it.
Researchers from Beaumont Health System in Michigan are studying whether naltrexone can be used to help manage symptoms of individuals with a COVID-19 infection, according to a report from Detroit’s NPR affiliate.
It's a difficult task with so many unknowns still surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but we must look forward to start planning for the state of the behavioral healthcare field, both in the immediate future and years from now.