Mental Health Care for Underserved Populations
Mental Health Care for Underserved Populations Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Underserved populations face multiple barriers to accessing mental health care, often lacking regular, high quality treatment and support. Intensive care coordination for underserved individuals in need of mental health services can address barriers to care and reduce disparities.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that enhanced access to necessary services and provided care coordination to improve mental health outcomes among underserved populations.
The featured QualityTools contain resources and tools that aim to increase cultural competence in providing mental health care services to specific communities.
- Community-Wide Collaboration Provides School-Based Mental Health Services to Students and Families in Impoverished, High-Crime, Urban Neighborhoods
- Public Health Nurses Provide Case Management to Low-Income Women With Chronic Conditions, Leading to Improved Mental Health and Functional Status
- Care Coordination, Peer Support, and Discretionary Fund Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Costs for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Also in This Issue:
- Administrative Overhaul Improves Access to Substance Abuse Services for Iowa Patients
- Hair Stylists Who Serve as Lay Health Educators Encourage Clients To Adopt Behaviors That Reduce Health Risks
- Comprehensive School-Based Program Enhances Access to Oral Health Education, Prevention, and Treatment Services for Low-Income Children
- Hospital Systematically Screens and Initiates Treatment for Depression and Anxiety in Cardiac Patients, Improving Cardiac Symptoms and Mental Health
- Comprehensive Wellness Program Improves Employees' Health-Related Behaviors and Risk Factors, Stems Rise in Employer Health Care Costs