Jul 5, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on information collection requests for two of HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau programs: 1) the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program and 2) the Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders (MDRBD) Program. The information collected will be used to evaluate the PMHCA and MDRBD programs and guide future policy decisions regarding increasing health professionals' capacity to address patients' behavioral health and access to behavioral health services. Comments are due by September 6, 2022.
Jul 5, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 10, 2022, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates on SAMHSA priorities, follow up on topics from the previous meeting, updates on SAMHSA priorities, and other council discussions. Registration is required to attend the meeting and those interested in making oral presentations must contact Carlos Castillo with the request by July 24, 2022.
Jul 5, 2022 - Discusses challenges for rural mental healthcare in Wyoming related to stigma and access to services, and highlights regional and community partnerships. Describes community training programs to build awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, and other efforts to provide crisis intervention and connect people needing services to providers.
Jul 1, 2022 - Discusses telehealth responses to the increasing mental health crisis among children, adolescents, and young adults, including strategies to address workforce and access issues by connecting rural mental health clinics and schools with child psychiatrists. Highlights state-level initiatives in Texas, and notes additional issues related to broadband access, internet connectivity, and telehealth policy flexibilities.
Jun 29, 2022 - Highlights a new virtual mental and behavioral health pilot program launched by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the burden on rural and frontier law enforcement by expanding access to services through telehealth. Notes that about 20% of rural and frontier residents struggled with mental illness in 2020 and that 94.4% of the state's population lives in a mental health professional shortage area.
Jun 29, 2022 - Describes the need for in-school mental healthcare services in rural areas, highlighting the work of an in-school health and wellness specialist in a rural school district in South Carolina. Notes increases in student mental health concerns before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges filling in-school therapist positions.
Jun 22, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (CMHS NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 18, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include updates from the SAMHSA CMHS director, updates from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, and council discussions.
Jun 21, 2022 - Executive Order from the Office of the President to combat discrimination and eliminate disparities that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) individuals and their families. This order directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use the Department of HHS's authorities to protect LGBTQI+ individuals' access to medically necessary care and promote the adoption of promising policies and practices to support health equity. Among other things, this order also directs the Secretary of HHS to seek to expand the availability of family counseling and support programs in federally-funded programs and establish an initiative to address the health disparities facing LGBTQI+ youth and adults, prevent LGBTQI+ suicide, and address the barriers and that LGBTQI+ individuals and families face in accessing comprehensive healthcare.
Jun 21, 2022 - Reports on the findings of a study of poverty, unemployment, and health issues among youth in Nevada, noting rural and minority disparities in mental health and healthcare access. Describes the efforts of service organizations in the state to support youth needs.
Jun 14, 2022 - Describes challenges for rural emergency departments that are seeing increased utilization for youth mental health emergencies and issues related to higher rates and lengths of hospitalization in urban hospitals due to a lack of behavioral health capacity in rural hospitals. Examines rising rates of self-harm emergency visits in Kentucky, noting similar trends and mental health challenges among youth in West Virginia and Ohio.