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Readers Write: How COVID-19 is Driving Innovation in our Behavioral Health System

Readers Write: How COVID-19 is Driving Innovation in our Behavioral Health System

Our nation was facing a behavioral health (BH) crisis even before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institutes of Health, 51.5 million American adults were living with a diagnosable mental illness in 2019, with fewer than half having received treatment in the previous year. Interestingly, the Commonwealth Fund reports that as of mid-November, 2020, “states with the lowest infection rates per capita are Medicaid expansion states, where there is better access to care and providers.” Non-expansion states were suffering the highest rates per capita. This highlights one of the biggest issues in BH: lack of access.

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