Mental Health Policy in the Era of COVID-19.
The response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has important ramifications for mental health systems and the patients they serve. This article describes significant changes in mental health policy prompted by the COVID-19 crisis across five major areas: legislation, regulation, financing, accountability, and workforce development. Special considerations for mental health policy are discussed, including social determinants of health, innovative technologies, and research and evaluation. These extraordinary advances provide an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the effects of mental health policies that may be adopted in the post-COVID-19 era in the United States.
Goldman, ML; Druss, BG; Horvitz-Lennon, M; Norquist, GS; Kroeger Ptakowski, K; Brinkley, A; Greiner, M; Hayes, H; Hepburn, B; Jorgensen, S; Swartz, MS; Dixon, LB
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