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October 10, 2023

8 Step Mental Health Checkup

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families, Public awareness

We often focus more on treating illnesses, both physical and mental, than on staying healthy. But the absence of mental illness does not necessarily mean good mental health.

October 04, 2023

Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Care for Spanish-Speakers

  • Diverse populations, Patients and Families, Public awareness

An estimated 14% of the U.S. population speaks Spanish at home, and 16 million Spanish speakers have limited English proficiency(1). In addition to the potential barrier of lack of language services, recent research has identified other factors contributing to inequities in access and outcomes for Spanish-speaking patients, including perceived discrimination, and mistrust and privacy concerns.(2)

September 29, 2023

Better Together: Changing Public Health Outcomes in Virginia with the Co-Responder Model

  • Public awareness, Serious mental illness, Suicide and self-harm

The co-responder model is a recent innovation in behavioral health services that employs a mental health professional and a law enforcement official as dual first responders when an individual experiences a mental health crisis. The Marcus-David Peters Act (“Marcus Alert” or “MA”), signed into law in Virginia in late 2020, commemorates Marcus-David Peters, a young Black biology teacher in Richmond, VA, who was killed by police while undergoing a mental health crisis.

September 28, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month: Talking about Music, Music Therapy and Sharing Experiences in an Inpatient Setting

  • By Ruby C. Castilla-Puentes, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.B.A.
  • Diverse populations, Patients and Families, Treatment

During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Spain, Mexico and Central and South America. I would like to start this article by noting that I am not an expert in music therapy, so my perspective is quite narrow. However, I will share some background, history, my own experience and resources to hopefully spark some ideas for you to incorporate music from this rich and diverse cultural collective. I would like to share my experience with staff members and families in the acute patient unit of the Mental Health Unit at Santa Clara Hospital

September 21, 2023

Mental Health Parity: New Proposed Rule

  • Public awareness, What APA is Doing For You

On July 25, 2023, the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services released a proposed rule intended to strengthen enforcement of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and improve patients’ ability to access care for mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD). At the same time, the agencies also released a Technical Release, seeking feedback on data requirements related to network composition and a possible enforcement safe harbor; a second Report to Congress, as required by law; and a Fact Sheet summarizing enforcement efforts during 2022.

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