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News by Topic: Mental health

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.
Source: The Hechinger Report
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: The Nevada Independent