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An imperfect perfect storm: The effects of deferred behavioral health care

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We’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel as Americans start to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With it comes the hope that we can return to a life we once knew – a life of engaging with people – at work, at play and beyond.

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True justice: Mental health intervention vs. incarceration

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Many factors are driving the awareness of mental health in the United States, ranging from the launch of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to the mental health implications of the current COVID-19 public health crisis.

However, we still have a ways to go before mental health is treated equally with physical health.

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When equality is not good enough

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As a country, we’ve made strides in addressing health inequities, but there’s more to be done.

People of color continue to bear a disproportionate burden of disease, death and disability, and mental health is no exception.

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Health and wellness: Is zip code more important than genetic code?

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The evidence exceeds the tipping point – that point where compelling ideas by necessity transform into action.

The evidence? Unmet social needs significantly impact our health, especially our emotional well-being. In fact, it is often said that zip code is more important than genetic code in determining overall health and wellness.

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Minority mental health: What can we do together?

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Recognizing July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, there is no more appropriate time to talk about mental health disparities among minorities.

People of color continue to experience inequitable mental health care, and the solution to closing the gap is long overdue.

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Cultural competency can help improve health equity

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When we think of a visit to the doctor or a mental health specialist, a common experience emerges.

In the case of the doctor, questions are asked, knees are tapped, hearts are listened to, and height and weight are measured. With a mental health clinician, questions are asked, questions are answered, and a meaningful conversation ensues.

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Health equity: When equality is not good enough

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When discussing public health, we often hear the terms “health equity”, “health equality” and “health inequality”, but what do they really mean?

What are the subtle variances in meaning, and why is it important to understand these differences?

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Beacon expands into Florida as a Project ECHO hub

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Beacon Health Options has an important new partnership in Florida: Beacon is serving as a Project ECHO hub to train practitioners on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for treating opioid use disorder (OUD).

With a live hub in New York and one successfully completed in Connecticut, Beacon is the first managed behavioral health organization to become an official partner of Project ECHO.

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Enhance behavioral health crisis systems to improve health, reduce costs

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People with mental health and substance use disorder challenges are using emergency department (ED) services more frequently than in prior years.

From 2006 to 2013, there has been a 52 percent increase in ED utilization by people with serious mental illness (SMI).

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Healthcare workers: You have the power to manage COVID-19

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The anxiety and fear resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic can be profound, and nowhere is that more evident than with frontline healthcare workers.

Working long hours in substandard conditions with patients who are often very ill and highly contagious, they fear for their personal health and that of their families.

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