Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. WHO launches World Mental Health Day campaign

    The World Health Organization announced the focus of its yearly World Mental Health Day that falls on Oct. 10.
  2. California university launches tech and mental health concentration in psychology master's program

    Amid the seemingly incongruent trends of behavioral health staffing shortages and rising investments in behavioral health technology, Palo Alto (Calif.) University is offering a new tech- and mental health-focused concentration for its psychology master's program.
  3. $1M PTSD treatment center for veterans set to open in Ohio

    A new center dedicated to treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder is scheduled to open June 11 at Save A Warrior's Hillsboro, Ohio, facility, local news source The Bakersfield Californian reported June 6.

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  1. Surgeon General warns burnout may lead to a 139,000-physician shortage by 2033

    Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, released an advisory May 25 cautioning that ongoing health worker burnout may lead to a shortage of up to 139,000 physicians by 2033, with the largest effect on primary care and rural communities. 
  2. Devereux staff accused of sexually abusing more than 50 young, intellectually disabled children

    Private behavioral health organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and its staffing company QualityHealth Staffing have been accused of exposing the children in its care to predatory and abusive staff.
  3. Star Trek tech for mental health: Translator device enables care for minority groups

    The Mental Health Association of South-Central Kansas is rolling out translation devices akin to gadgets from the 1960s' science fiction TV show "Star Trek," ABC affiliate KAKE reported June 4.
  4. Florida governor dedicates nearly $294M to behavioral health services

    Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Freedom First budget for fiscal year 2022-23, totaling $109.9 billion, with nearly $294 million dedicated to mental health services, according to a June 2 press release.

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  1. Reimbursement hikes included in $517M Oregon behavioral health workforce funds

    The Oregon Health Authority released the first portion of a $517 million mental health workforce fund, the Portland Business Journal reported May 27.
  2. Oregon psych clinic eases pressure of hospital behavioral unit closure

    Coos Bay, Ore.-based Bay Area Hospital is closing its behavioral health unit and laying off staff after posting a $5 million net loss in March, CBS affiliate KPIC reported June 3.
  3. US Conference of Mayors pioneers mental health task force

    Mayor Francis Suarez, U.S. Conference of Mayors president, announced a new official Task Force on Mental Health and Wellbeing at the 90th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on June 3. 
  4. North Carolina clinic lands $4M grant for behavioral health expansion

    Asheville, N.C.-based Mountain Area Health Education Center was awarded a $4 million grant from the state's Department of Health and Human Services, ABC affiliate WLOS reported June 1.

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  1. Behavioral health system opening outpatient eating disorder clinic in Ohio

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Odyssey Behavioral Healthcareis opening an outpatient eating disorder clinic in Columbus, Ohio.
  2. Child called 911 over abuse at Alabama children's behavioral health facility

    A 16-year-old resident at Owens Cross Roads, Ala.-based for-profit youth psychiatric treatment facility Sequel TSI suffered abuse so severe she called the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program and 911, al.com reported June 1.
  3. BCBS exec moves to behavioral health company

    Former BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee executive Clay Phillips was named senior vice president of strategy and managed care of Summit BHC, a behavioral health and addiction treatment center in Franklin, Tenn., local news source Brentwood Homepage reported June 2.
  4. The sound of depression: Voice-analyzing algorithm aims to identify depressed individuals through speech

    Tech startup Kintsugi is attempting to use technology to measure the likelihood of depression by listening to a patient's voice, TechCrunch reported May 31.
  5. Mental health company pays $2.1M to settle whistleblower false claims case

    Behavioral health case management company Healthkeeperz is paying $2.1 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by billing claims to Medicaid that were not reimbursable, the Justice Department said June 1.
  6. Year-to-date seizures of fentanyl in Colorado have surpassed entirety of 2021

    Colorado law enforcement announced they have seized more illicit fentanyl, the synthetic opioid driving overdose deaths in the U.S., in the first five months of 2022 than they did in all of 2021.
  7. Long-term antidepressant use not linked to better quality of life, study finds

    The use of antidepressants over time does not continue to improve patients' health-related quality of life, research published on April 20 in the journal PLOS One suggests.
  8. Behavioral health specialists 3rd-most utilized locum tenens physicians: survey

    Among healthcare facilities that used locum tenens providers in the last 12 months, behavioral health specialists were the third-most utilized type, according to AMN Healthcare's "2022 Survey of Locum Tenens Staffing Trends."
  9. Most commonly prescribed psychiatric medications

    Using data published in JAMA Internal Medicine, these are the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medications in the U.S., according to the most recent surveys from 2013.

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