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Health Centers Are Addressing America's Mental Health Crisis

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, —Telehealth, Policy and Advocacy.

Keywords: Access to Care, Research, Mental Health, Safety Net Providers.

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Board of Directors; C-Suites (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CMOs, COOs, etc.); Clinicians; Enabling Staff; Outread Staff; PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Association of Community Health Centers (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This factsheet summarizes health centers’ behavioral health services. It highlights data from UDS that shows growth in patients and staff over the last decade, as well as the variety of behavioral health professionals and services offered at health centers. We discuss the growth in telehealth use to continue behavioral health services during the pandemic. Finally, policy suggestions to support behavioral health services at health centers are presented.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.