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Making Flexibilities Permanent

A growing topic of conversation among state and local policymakers is whether states should plan to make permanent the many flexibilities, particularly related to telehealth adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this, states and localities could establish a task force/working group to study the long-term effects of the changes before making them permanent.

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Addressing the Needs of Transition-Age Youth

State and local policymakers should consider adopting policies focused on the mental health needs of transition age youth. For example, policymakers could establish an emergency program for pupil mental health or fund additional school mental health support personnel. They should also consider supporting training programs for teachers and administrators

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Addressing the Needs of Frontline Workers

State and local policymakers may want to consider policies that target the mental health needs of frontline workers, particularly health care workers. Some suggestions include: establishing a mental health support system; waiving certain costs (co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses) for mental health services provided to frontline health care workers; initiating a public awareness campaign; providing a service... more »

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Educating Managers, Supervisors & Employees & Securing Feedback trending idea

In order to retain workers returning to the workplace, it will be critical for state agencies and private sector employers to address employee mental health concerns created or exacerbated by the pandemic. State and local policymakers may want to consider establishing an infrastructure to develop or share existing resources and provide training regarding: strategies for addressing stress, managing panic attacks and identifying... more »

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Ensuring Accessibility in the Provision of Telemental Health

State and local policymakers may want to consider adopting a telemedicine policy ensuring that video and audio platforms used to provide telehealth services are accessible to and usable by all (including built-in accessibility features and interoperability with assistive technology), consistent with generally accepted technical standards (e.g., Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 A and AA). For example, individuals... more »

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Ensuring Equity in the Provision of Telemental Health

For racial and ethnic minorities, state and local policymakers may want to consider adopting a comprehensive strategy for advancing equity in the provision and delivery of mental health services during and after the pandemic. The strategy may include assessing whether state agency and private sector policies and actions create or exacerbate systemic barriers to full and equal participation and adopt action steps to eliminate... more »

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Expanding Access to Telemental Health

State and local policymakers may want to consider expanding private coverage and Medicaid to cover telemental health services to help increase access. It would also help to expand the types of mental health providers who can be reimbursed for conducting assessments and providing telemental health services, as well as provide licensure flexibility for out-of-state residents.

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