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  1. Colorado to spend $500M on mental health in largest investment ever

    Colorado state legislators passed an almost $500 million package of mostly bipartisan mental health bills, Colorado Public Radio reported May 26.
  2. COO gets 2 years in prison for $4M North Carolina behavioral health fraud

    Sharita Richardson, former COO of Raleigh, N.C.-based behavioral health company Group Service, was sentenced to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release in a $4 million Medicaid fraud case, the Justice Department said May 25.
  3. Florida behavioral health pavilion lands $2M donation

    Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Healthcare Foundation received a $2 million donation to support geriatric services at the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion on the hospital's Sarasota campus, Sarasota magazine SRQ reported May 25.

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  1. Oregon invests $514M into mental health services

    The Oregon Health Authority plans to devote $517 million in investments to improve state mental health services, local news source The Chronicle reported May 26.
  2. Patient death leads to overprescribing charges against Pennsylvania psychiatrist

    Following an investigation sparked by a 2018 patient death, John Mitchell, MD, a psychiatrist from Lehigh Valley, Pa., was arrested May 23 and charged with 13 counts, including illegally administering, dispensing or prescribing schedule II controlled substances, local news source Lehigh Valley Live reported.
  3. West Virginia reaches $161.5M opioid settlement against Teva Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie

    Attorneys for the state of West Virginia have reached a tentative $161.5 million settlement with drugmakers Teva Pharmaceuticals and AbbVie in a trial over the opioid epidemic, ABC News reported May 25.
  4. Police sued for firing 122 shots, killing trucker in mental health crisis

    The Nogales (Ariz.) Police Department, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, eight Nogales police officers and one county sheriff's deputy were all sued over the death of truck driver Glen Cockrum, CBS affiliate KOLD reported May 25.

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  1. New Wisconsin $4.5M behavioral health clinic to serve uninsured, low-income patients

    Green Bay, Wis.-based N.E.W. Community Clinic's new facility is nearly complete, Fox11 reported May 25.
  2. Odyssey opens 6th outpatient behavioral health clinic, 2nd in Virginia

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare opened a new Pasadena Villa Outpatient facility in Glen Allen, Va.
  3. Availability of Spanish-language mental health services declining

    Though the U.S. Hispanic population is growing, providers of Spanish-speaking mental health services are diminishing, a study published in Psychiatric Services May 3 found.
  4. Michigan city manager proposes $700K police, mental health worker co-response team

    Grand Rapids, Mich., leaders unanimously approved a $700,000 co-response team with police and mental health workers for specific emergency calls, local news source MLive reported May 26.

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  1. Surgeon general issues call to action on front-line healthcare workers' mental health

    United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, issued an official advisory May 23 stressing the immediate need to combat the health worker burnout crisis in the U.S. 
  2. Mental health facilities are losing workers to Chick-fil-A, Virginia official says

    John Littel, Virginia secretary of health and human resources, told the state General Assembly's Joint Commission on Health Care that mental health facility workers are leaving their positions for those at fast food restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Virginia Mercury reported May 25.
  3. Blood test identifying depression, bipolar disorder in patients created by U of Indiana researchers

    Researchers at the University of Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis have created a blood test capable of identifying depression and bipolar disorder in patients after 15 years of research and study, local news source WTHR reported May 24.
  4. California bill would allow parents to sue over kids' social media addiction

    California's State Assembly passed a bill that allows parents to sue social media platforms for harming children who have become addicted to their platforms for up to $25,000 per violation, ABC News reported May 23.
  5. Ketamine therapy is potentially 'revolutionary' depression treatment, researcher says

    Jayesh Kamath, MD, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut in Mansfield, said that use of ketamine as a treatment for mental health is "revolutionary for [the field of psychiatry]," CT Insider reported May 22.
  6. More mental health services may help retain the 34% of American workers considering quitting, report finds

    Online mental healthcare company Talkspace released its "Employee Stress Check Report 2022," which showed that 34 percent of 1,400 American full-time workers are currently considering quitting their job, but 66 percent of those considering quitting said access to mental health services may convince them to stay. 
  7. Hinge introduces $100K Mental Health Advocates of Tomorrow initiative

    The online dating app Hinge announced its Mental Health Advocates of Tomorrow initiative, an opportunity for current students working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate program in a mental health field to earn funding toward their education, on May 18.
  8. Therapist accounting software startup scores $10M in funding

    Heard, a startup providing back-office accounting services for private therapists, secured a $10 million series A investment led by Footwork, an early-stage-focused venture capital firm, with co-investors Founders Co-Op, Act One Ventures and various angel investors.
  9. Federal civil rights investigation opened into Kentucky's mental health system

    The Justice Department is investigating whether Kentucky unnecessarily institutionalizes and segregates Louisville-area adults with serious mental illness in psychiatric hospitals and places them at risk of police encounters, the department said May 24.

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