Publications

Publications

Mental Health

Michigan’s physicians and health care providers are burnt out: What can we do to help them navigate pandemic pressures?

Michigan’s latest COVID-19 surge is among the worst in the country, and if there’s one thing we know about COVID’s effect on our nation’s health care system, provider burnout will soon follow.  Physician burnout is a concern for everyone. It’s tied to lower-quality care, reduced clinical productivity, and increased physician turnover. In the general population, we also know that stress …

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Children benefit from the integration of behavioral health consultants at pediatric clinics, but can practices bear the cost?

While a growing body of evidence demonstrates the health benefits of embedding behavioral health care consultants into medical practices, many providers–including pediatric practitioners–are rightfully cautious about embarking on integration initiatives. Integration is a complex process–one that requires a significant commitment of time and resources–and not all integration initiatives are economically sustainable. Here, we provide a simple tool for determining whether …

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The advantages of becoming a federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)–for organizations, communities

The federal application process to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in Michigan opened on December 29, 2020 and closed on March 1, 2021. Becoming a CCBHC offers many advantages to organizations and the communities they serve.  The bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act of 2009, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), increased federal and financial …

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Learn how states are combatting social isolation and loneliness in adults with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Forty percent of adults with a debilitating disability or chronic condition report feelings of loneliness or being socially isolated. The significant risk factors for social isolation include living alone, mobility disabilities, major life transitions, and emerging health problems – all which become more prevalent in older age. The health risks associated with social isolation and loneliness are troubling, and include …

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Michigan health care and mental health care providers need more training, support to serve the state’s aging veterans

Only 6.7 percent of Michigan health care and mental health providers are fully prepared to serve Michigan’s aging veteran population according to a new report by the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. This finding is based on CHRT’s statewide assessment of the readiness and capacity of Michigan health care providers to serve older …

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Designing integrated behavioral health services for Medicaid enrollees, background and case studies

A growing number of states are implementing new strategies to better integrate health services and provide holistic care–particularly for Medicaid beneficiaries–with the ultimate goals of improving care coordination and patient outcomes and, in some cases, lowering health care expenses as well. For decades, physical and behavioral health care–including both mental health and substance use disorder treatment–have operated in silos. Too …

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Michiganders continue to report difficulty accessing mental health care, forgoing needed care.

The 2020 Cover Michigan Survey, an online survey fielded in early 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting Michigan), asked Michiganders about their ability to access mental health care. Across Michigan, 47 percent of survey respondents reporting needing mental health care before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to be exacerbating mental healthcare needs. Among these Michiganders, …

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Protecting individuals with SMI from COVID-19: Best practices for community mental health agencies and clinics

For individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI)—a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that interferes with or limits major life activities—the COVID-19 pandemic may present a particular threat. Community mental health agencies and clinics need to be prepared to protect their clients with SMIs from COVID-19 by understanding and following best practices for this unique situation. To slow the spread …

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COVID-19 rapid response brief: Meeting the behavioral health needs of Michigan’s prison population

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, staff members at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) have been conducting rapid response research for Michigan policy leaders who are working proactively to protect vulnerable communities across the state. In this analysis for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we explore best practices for meeting the behavioral health needs of Michigan’s …

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Lack of behavioral health workers in rural america

Recruiting and retaining behavioral health workers in rural America: Our report and action guide

In the U.S., there are not enough behavioral health workers to meet the demand for mental health and substance use services, particularly in rural areas. Over the past year, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has worked closely with the University of Michigan’s Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC) to explore the approaches states have taken to address …

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