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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2022 – Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR). The manual, which the APA has published and updated since 1952, defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnosis, treatment and research.

Developed with the help of more than 200 subject matter experts, DSM-5-TR includes the fully revised text and references of the DSM-5, as well as updated diagnostic criteria and ICD-10-CM insurance codes. It features a new disorder, Prolonged Grief Disorder, as well as codes for suicidal...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 18, 2022

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 16, 2022

120 Days Before July 16 Launch, Leading Mental Health Organizations Offer State and Municipal Leaders a Comprehensive Roadmap for Emergency Response Preparedness

Washington, D.C. – March 16, 2022 – The CEO Alliance for Mental Health, a collaborative of 15 of the nation’s leading mental health professional organizations, advocacy groups and funders, today announced the rollout of a coordinated effort to drive awareness and support among state and municipal officials as they prepare for the nationwide transition from the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to the new 988 Hotline for mental health emergencies and suicide prevention.

Over the next 120 days, before the hotline launches on July 16, the CEO Alliance for Mental Health will push for the adoption of its roadmap for mental health crisis response, which it envisions as a local/regional continuum-of-care ecosystem that can deliver...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2022 – Last night the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2471, Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2022, a $1.5 trillion package to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year and provide aid to Ukraine. The president is expected to sign it today. The Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations measure included in the omnibus bill provides critical funding for mental health programs. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) expresses its support for the progress made in funding many key programs, as well as provisions that would continue certain flexibilities facilitating access to telehealth for an additional five months after the current public health emergency expires.

Specifically, the extended flexibilities include waiving geographic site of service...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 11, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2022 – As states lifted masking requirements and infection numbers dropped late this winter, the majority of Americans reported their mood was stable since January (64%) and that the pandemic either hadn’t changed their daily habits (49%) or had changed them for the better (26%). However, nearly three in 10 (28%) rated their mental health as merely fair or poor, and almost a fifth reported that they were smoking (17%) or drinking (18%) more.

People making less than $50,000 (35%) were more than three times as likely as those making $100,000 or more (11%) to rate their mental health as fair or poor, and 7% more likely than all adults (28%).

This is according to the latest edition of American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Healthy Minds...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 7, 2022



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