‘We’ve Got To Do More’: Providers Seek To Close Gap In Mental Health Care For Neurodiverse People

People with autism are four times as likely to experience depression in their life than typically-developing peers. Despite the increased risk, people with autism or other neurodiversities often face significant obstacles when seeking mental health care. Barriers like clinicians’ lack of specialty training, staffing shortages and pitfalls with payers often prevent neurodiverse people from accessing […]

Medicaid Value-Based Payment Reform Linked to Reduced Mental Health ER Visits

State Medicaid programs are increasingly overhauling payment structures in favor of value-based payment systems. A new report suggests that value-based payment reform may decrease mental health emergency room visits. Value-based payment strategies reward providers and health plans with incentive payments for the quality, rather than quantity, of care provided to patients. A new study published […]

Lawmakers Propose New Bill Aimed at Funding Health Care Workforce, New Mental Health Centers

A new bill designed to combat the health care workforce shortage would, if passed, funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to provide scholarships and debt forgiveness for 20,000 health care workers, including mental health professionals. The additional funding would increase the amount currently allocated to the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) from $310 million to […]

70M Americans Have SUD, Mental Health Conditions; 72% Say They’re Recovering

Over 70% of adults who report having ever had substance use or mental health conditions consider themselves in recovery or recovering. Still, factors like education, income and sexuality may impact who is recovering. This finding was among those compiled in a report released Wednesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Using […]

‘It Is Time to Acknowledge’ the Role of Nurse Practitioners Amid Mental Health Care Shortage

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) are entering the field at a rate far exceeding psychiatrists, a trend that reveals significant opportunities for policy reform. The number of PMHNPs in the field skyrocketed in the past five years, while the number of psychiatric residency matches grew at only a linear rate, according to a new […]

[Updated] Equip Will Now Treat Adults with Eating Disorders Following $20 Million General Catalyst Investment 

Virtual provider Equip announced that it is expanding its scope of care to treat adults with eating disorders. The San Diego-based provider got its start treating people with eating disorders under the age of 24. There is also a substantial need for eating disorder care in the adult population, however. Additional funding from General Catalyst, […]

Higher Buprenorphine Doses May Help SUD Providers Treat the ‘Different Beast’ That Is Fentanyl 

Deaths from fentanyl-involved drug overdoses soared by 279% from 2016 to 2021, according to the CDC. Buprenorphine has been found to reduce mortality rates of opioid use disorder by 50%, but patients addicted to fentanyl could be missing out on more effective dosages because of outdated FDA guidelines. Current FDA guidelines for buprenorphine were based […]

Having Multiple Care Modalities Pays Off for Autism Treatment Providers

The rate of autism diagnoses has skyrocketed in the last decade, shooting from 1 in 68 to 1 in 36, according to the CDC. Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy has become one of the most notable behavioral approaches to autism treatment, but there’s no one-size-fits-all modality.  Clinicians providing ABA therapy meet children with autism where […]

State-Level Policies Ramped Up Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

State-level policies may have boosted the number of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities offering telehealth services. That’s according to new research by the RAND Corporation and Georgia State University. Researchers found that telehealth usage in SUD treatment facilities skyrocketed in recent years, jumping from 18% in 2019 to 79% in 2022. This comes after […]

Gen Z Health Provider Caraway Acquires Digital Group Therapy Platform Sesh

New York-based Caraway announced that it has acquired Sesh, a digital group therapy platform, allowing the Gen Z women’s health-focused company to integrate group support and therapy into its offerings. The deal closed earlier this month and will provide another modality of mental health care to Caraway’s portfolio, Caraway CEO and co-founder Lori Evans Bernstein […]