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  1. Education Department pushes for colleges to use emergency funds on mental health services

    A statement by the Education Department emphasized that colleges can use Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds on improvements to mental health services, InsideHigher Ed reported May 20.
  2. San Diego considers $2.76B spending plan that would expand behavioral health services

    San Diego County supervisors are considering a $2.76 billion spending plan for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported May 21.
  3. Ohio organization develops free service to connect healthcare workers to mental health services

    The Ohio State Medical Association developed a free and anonymous tool to help medical workers screen for behavioral health symptoms and guide them to available resources, Ohio news source The Columbus Dispatch reported May 19.

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  1. Cerebral CEO ousted

    Kyle Robertson, founder of mental telehealth firm Cerebral, was fired from his CEO role amid federal scrutiny of the company's prescribing practices, Insurance Journal reported May 20.
  2. California to inspect Kaiser Permanente's mental health services after concerns reported

    The California Department of Managed Health Care is evaluating Kaiser Permanente's mental health services, the health system said May 18.
  3. One-week social media break improves well-being, depression, anxiety, study finds

    Taking a one-week break from social media leads to significant improvements in well-being, depression and anxiety, a study published May 3 in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.
  4. Average psychiatrist salary ranked by state

    This list, compiled by ZipRecruiter, ranks the average psychiatrist salary in 2022 in all 50 states from highest to lowest.

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  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.
  4. 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.

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  1. Amwell launches behavioral health program

    Digital care company Amwell is launching a comprehensive behavioral health program.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 

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