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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. 

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. Oregon official 'stunned' by behavioral health hospital closing

    Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Ore., is closing its behavioral health services in response to financial strain and staffing difficulties, leading a state representative to express surprise and cite $1 billion in funding Oregon lawmakers set aside for behavioral health.
  4. Mental illness in the US: by age, gender, race

    Using data provided by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this is a breakdown of the incidence of mental illness in adults across various demographics in the U.S. as of 2020.
  5. Illinois bolsters children's mental health with 2 new laws

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law two pieces of children's mental health legislation, WJOL reported May 26.
  6. Horizon Health planning $1.8M expansion to behavioral health campus in New York

    Lewisville, Texas-based behavioral health provider Horizon Health is planning a $1.8 million expansion to its Sanborn, N.Y., campus, Buffalo Business First reported May 26.
  7. ACLU sues Kansas, claiming excessive mental health wait times

    Kansas' American Civil Liberties Union and the National Police Accountability Project are suing Kansas for alleged "unconstitutional, unlawful and health-deteriorating wait times" at the understaffed Larned State Hospital, the Kansas Reflector reported May 26. 
  8. The saddest countries in the world: Countries with the highest rates of depression

    Using data compiled by World Population Review, these are the countries with the highest rates of depression among their population, along with the approximate number of people with the condition. 
  9. Bilingual behavioral health urgent care opens in Springfield, Massachusetts

    Springfield, Mass.-based bilingual behavioral health organization Gándara Center opened a behavioral health urgent care, MassLive reported May 24.

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