Promoting the Mental Health of Parents and Children by Strengthening Medicaid Support for Home Visiting
The sixth Think Bigger Do Good webinar featured Elisabeth Wright Burak, M.P.P., M.S.W., Vikki Wachino, M.P.P., and Ireta Gasner moderated by Think Bigger Do Good series editor Howard Goldman, M.D., Ph.D. Panelists provided an overview of home visiting as a wholistic approach for new parents and young children and the untapped potential for Medicaid to scale and grow its reach. Evidence of home visiting benefits has accumulated across a growing number of models, including improved mental health outcomes, such as improved access to mental health services and reductions in family stress and maternal depression.
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Housing is Mental Health Care: Policy Recommendations for Scaling Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness
The fifth Think Bigger Do Good webinar held on September 29, 2021 featured Sally Luken, Founder and President of Luken Solutions and Jennifer Mathis, Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The discussion was moderated by Thom Craig, Director of Mental Health Program at Peg’s Foundation. The speakers shared policy recommendations for scaling housing options at the local, state, and federal levels for individuals with mental illness.
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Policy Recommendations to Address Housing Shortages for People with Severe Mental Illness
Enhancing the Capacity of the Mental Health and Addiction Workforce: A Framework
The fourth Think Bigger Do Good webinar held on April 19, 2021 featured authors Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., and Anita Burgos, Ph.D. They discussed a new framework for the mental health and addiction workforce in the United States. The proposed framework includes three shifts that need to take place at the clinical, community, and individual levels to achieve the goal of population health. The discussion highlighted policy considerations that can reconceptualize workforce to enhance the overall capacity. The discussion was moderated by Jane Mogavero, ESQ, Executive Director of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.
Growing Peer Support: Specialized Services at a Time of Crisis
The third Think Bigger Do Good webinar held on March 30, 2021 feature authors Kelly A. Davis and Nathaniel Z. Counts, J.D. of Mental Health America. They discussed how an investment in the peer support workforce can not only address the immediate and growing mental health and substance use needs in the U.S., but it can also help shape a future system of services rooted in empowerment, hope, connection, human rights, and lived experience. The discussion was moderated by Tracy A. Sawicki, Executive Director of the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation.
COVID 19, Structural Racism, and Mental Health Inequities
The second Think Bigger Do Good webinar was held on February 25, 2021 and featured series authors Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H. and Steven Starks, M.D., F.A.P.A. They discussed the complex interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic, structural racism, and mental health inequities which have led to devastating health, economic, and social consequences. The intersection of these three conditions, present numerous policy challenges – and opportunities. The discussion was moderated by Joe Pyle, MA President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation.
Opportunities to Improve Crisis Services
The first Think Bigger Do Good webinar was held on January 12, 2021 featuring series authors Mark Munetz, M.D. and Michael Hogan, Ph.D. and Thom Craig, M.P.A., series co-funder. The panelists discussed the current spectrum of crisis services and opportunities to improve the system. The discussion was moderated by Rick Kellar, M.B.A. President of Peg’s Foundation.