1. Public Health Institute gets $40M in funding to improve mental healthcare access in California

    The California Department of Healthcare Services contributed $40 million in funding to the Public Health Institute's CalBridge Behavioral Health Navigation Program, which facilitates access to healthcare for those struggling with addiction.
  2. Patients denied mental health coverage win $13.6M in UnitedHealthcare settlement

    Insurer UnitedHealthcare issued $13.6 million in payments to members who were allegedly illegally denied mental healthcare coverage, the New York Attorney General's Office said May 20.
  3. Child with mental health needs abandoned by police outside care facility

    A Covington, Va., police officer left a child alone at a mental health clinic at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday, WINA reported May 17.

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  1. Colorado's new Behavioral Health Administration aims to improve access to mental healthcare

    Colorado is currently developing a new Behavioral Health Administration, striving to reform Colorado residents' access to mental health services, reported CBS 4 Denver.
  2. Amwell launches behavioral health program

    Digital care company Amwell is launching a comprehensive behavioral health program.
  3. Colorado mental health center falsified patient records for nearly a decade, whistleblowers say

    Former employees of Mind Springs, a behavioral health service provider based in Grand Junction, Colo., say the center falsified patient assessments to make its treatment programs seem more effective and to secure funding for at least nine years, The Denver Post reported May 15. 
  4. Gene editing may treat alcoholism and anxiety, experiment suggests

    A study conducted on rats used CRISPR gene editing that successfully reversed modifications of brain synapses that occur when an adolescent is exposed to alcohol, according to an article published by ScienceAdvances on May 4. 

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  1. St. Louis U ups mental health services in wake of 4 student suicides

    After four St. Louis University students died by suicide this academic year, the university is  focused on improving its student access to mental healthcare, St. Louis news channel KSDK reported May 17.
  2. Mental health software market projected to reach $18.3B by 2030

    Increasing government funding and initiatives toward mental health services will boost the worth of the mental health software market to $18.3 billion by 2030, Global Market Insights reported May 11. 
  3. Social isolation, poor health are top predictors of depression in older adults, study finds

    Artificial intelligence machine learning determined that self-rated isolation and poor health were the most significant factors contributing to depression in older adults, according to a recent study reported on by Psychology Today
  4. Most difficult places to find mental healthcare in America

    Texas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota have the highest numbers of counties with no mental health providers, making access to behavioral healthcare exceedingly difficult, ABC News reported May 18.

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  1. Methylphenidate use may increase risk of depression in adolescents, study finds

    Children and teenagers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who are treated with methylphenidate have an elevated risk of major depressive disorder, researchers found in a study published in Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience.
  2. Psychedelic drug may help alleviate depression, study finds

    Psilocybin, a drug found in magic mushrooms, fosters greater connections between different regions of the brain in depressed people, according to study by researchers at University of California San Francisco and Imperial College London. 
  3. How Nevada is rallying to tackle the behavioral health crisis

    Nevada has consistently ranked at the bottom of mental health metrics conducted on a yearly basis since 2015, and local political, business and community leaders need to take action, local nonprofit news source the Nevada Current reported May 18.
  4. Meru Health granted $2M to evaluate effectiveness of digital mental health services

    Online mental healthcare provider Meru Health was granted $2 million by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the benefits of digital mental health programs.
  5. Pokemon Go may help with depression, study finds

    A study from the London School of Economics and Political Science found location-based mobile games, such as Pokemon Go, may improve "non-clinical forms of mild depression."
  6. Supplements company acquires ketamine-assisted mental health clinic

    Supplements company Irwin Naturals acquired Salem, N.H.-based ketamine therapy clinic New England Ketamine, Benzinga reported May 16.
  7. CRNA opens ketamine therapy clinic in North Dakota

    Ascend Wellness, run by CRNA Melinda Howe, is the first ketamine therapy clinic in Minot, N.D., NBC affiliate KFYR reported May 16.
  8. The case for expanding virtual reality-based mental healthcare

    More medical providers are utilizing virtual reality to treat patients with mental health disorders, and the technology has the potential to improve patient care, according to Smithsonian Magazine.
  9. The future of behavioral healthcare: technology-assisted treatment

    The rise of digital mental health treatment methods in recent years points to further developments in technology-assisted behavioral healthcare, according to an article published by Microsoft. 

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