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Policy/Advocacy
The establishment of an emergency line specifically for mental health crises and the introduction of legislation that would put emergency responses to such situations in the hands of behavioral health professionals instead of law enforcement are among the efforts to reshape our crisis response.
Coronavirus
Preventing and addressing adverse childhood experiences, creating recovery-friendly workplaces, and being adaptable to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 were among the topics discussed at a recent National Council on Behavioral Health event.
Policy
The California Department of Health Care Services has announced that $20 million in funding will be awarded to two-thirds of hospitals in the state to provide opioid and substance use disorder treatment services.
Coronavirus
Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
Issues around in-person reopenings, insurance dynamics and staff turnover are among the factors playing a role in the current state of behavioral health.
Funding
Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
State, county and local government financial shortfalls are reaching dangerous levels as these entities continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Policy
With providers feeling a financial impact from COVID-19, a push for a $100 billion federal investment in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services tops National Council’s action plan.
Coronavirus
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.
Coronavirus
Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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.
Policy/Advocacy
Advocacy group Shatterproof says a pair of bills introduced in the House that would remove the separate waiver required for prescribing buprenorphine and set baseline requirements around preventing addiction and working with patients with OUD should be revisited in light of COVID-19.
Trends
Methamphetamine use and polysubstance use are creating new challenges in the nation’s substance use disorder crisis, Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, assistant secretary of HHS, said on Wednesday.
Policy
Three members of Congress expressed cautious optimism about the nation’s drug overdose death rates dropping, but added that neither those numbers nor the COVID-19 crisis are a reason to throttle back the nation’s response now.
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