Mental Health

Mental Health

The Academy identifies mental health as an urgent public health concern. Policies aimed at the delivery of high-quality mental/behavioral health and the reduction of at-risk substance use should be implemented as an essential component of public health.

The policy brief Removing reimbursement barriers increase the use of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment to prevent risky alcohol use was published in the November 2015 issue of Nursing Outlook. A July 2014 letter was sent to representative Tim Murphy commenting on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Majority Staff Investigation of Federal Programs Addressing Severe Mental Illness; the Academy urged support of resource allocation for systematic coordination of behavioral healthcare and primary care. In May 2014, the Psychiatric/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Expert Panel published Promoting the mental health of families to foster resilience and health for vulnerable families.

A letter outlining policy recommendations to integrate mental health care into primary care was sent in March 2014 to the White House in response to the Vice President's interest in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Earlier, Mental health is an urgent public health concern was released in the May 2013 issue of Nursing Outlook.

Under the leadership of the Psychiatric/Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Violence Expert Panels, eight steps to reduce gun violence were outlined in an Academy letter to Senator Feinstein in February 2013. These included urging lawmakers to empower health care professionals to identify and counsel individuals with high-risk danger behaviors and restricting gun purchases to individuals with dangerous histories using a national database.

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