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News by Topic: Mental health

Sep 18, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, many barriers to telehealth services were removed due to new regulatory changes, benefitting both mental healthcare providers and their patients. Describes how telehealth can increase access to mental health services in rural areas as clinicians can work across state lines, discusses how the public could benefit from the telehealth expansions remaining in place after the pandemic.
Source: Vox
Sep 16, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission to designate 988 for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Includes a discussion of rural considerations. This rule is effective October 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2020 - Highlights the Virtual Crisis Care Program, a pilot program in South Dakota that seeks to address gaps in mental health services and improve access to mental health professionals for rural residents. The pilot program provides tablets to law enforcement so they can immediately connect those in crisis with a mental health professional.
Source: KELOLAND News
Sep 4, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) to be held on September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED), including recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI or children with SED.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 27, 2020 - Provides corrections to the statement of economic significance published in the August 4, 2020 final rule for FY 2021 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). The correction is effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 26, 2020 - Discusses the mental health issues faced by farmers and their families, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Highlights examples of how America's food producers manage their stress, includes information on a television special on farm stress and mental health aired August 27, 2020.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Aug 19, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) on September 22, 2020. The agenda will include discussions on SAMHSA's Strategic Plan, SAMHSA's response to prevent suicide due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the latest findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Registration is required to participate.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 13, 2020 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) virtual public meeting on September 3, 2020. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors, and discussion on clinical trends and emergency issues.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 7, 2020 - Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental illness, with depression, anxiety, and overdoses on the rise. Highlights creative solutions mental health providers across North Carolina are implementing, such as giving patients free smartphones with data plans, coordinating socially-distant in-person visits, and hosting outdoor support groups.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Aug 6, 2020 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (CMHS NAC) virtual public meeting on August 27, 2020. Agenda items include updates from the SAMHSA CMHS director, a presentation from the SAMHSA Statistics and Data Demonstration, and discussion from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use on SAMHSA's response to COVID-19.
Source: Federal Register