Expanding Our Reach
According on an American Psychological Association survey with psychologists in 2022, the demand for mental health treatment continues to rise, with increases of:
Additionally, two-thirds of psychologists reported seeing an increase in the severity of symptoms among patients.
In response, VHAN will increase our focus on behavioral health. We are expanding our consult line from pediatric to adult behavioral health, offering real-time clinical guidance including behavioral health care plan development, assistance with level-of-care determinations, help with safety planning, navigating referrals and care coordination with patients and families. Licensed Clinical Social Workers and psychiatrists will collaborate on medication and diagnostic consultation as needed.
An Emphasis on Education
At the same time, we will continue to provide valuable educational opportunities. Our miniVHAN podcast series in Fall 2023 will be dedicated to behavioral health. We’ll continue to host quarterly pediatric behavioral health webinars and plan to add adult behavioral health learning opportunities in the future.
And after the successful launch of Project ECHO in fall 2022 (see story), VHAN will host a second session on pediatric depression in Fall 2023.
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