MENTAL HEALTH & SUD
AMCHP is committed to supporting our members to address mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) among MCH populations at the state level and to advocating at the national level. Learn more about why this is a priority area for AMCHP and our members and how we are committed to addressing this through our strategic plan and legislative agenda.
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- Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health CoIIN
- PRISM (Promoting Innovation in State MCH Policymaking)
- Advancing State and Urban MCH - Goal 2: Current and Emerging Public Health Issues and Threats
- The AMCHP Mental Health Team
Supported by the greater Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC), AMCHP co-leads the AYA Behavioral Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN), composed of multidisciplinary teams from select states. These teams operate through their public health systems (led by state Title V/maternal and child health programs) and primary care systems (led by clinical partners and practices).
To respond to this growing mental health crisis, the AYAH-NRC is mobilizing the CoIIN to improve depression screening and follow-up for young people through 1.) systems-level behavioral health integration in primary care, and 2.) increasing screening rates for Major Depressive Episodes (MDEs) in clinical settings using practice-based quality improvement tools and methods. The goal is to achieve an 80 percent screening rate for MDE in patients ages 12 to 25 using an age-appropriate standardized tool, with documentation of a follow-up plan when screen results are positive. To learn more about the AYA-Behavioral Health CoIIN, please refer to the current initiatives on the Adolescent Health page.
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Access to quality health care for MCH populations is a nationwide concern. Nowhere is this more apparent than in access to substance use and mental health services. The goal of the PRISM project is to build the capacity of Title V MCH leaders to develop and implement policy initiatives that improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for reproductive-age women. PRISM is a joint effort of AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).
Multi-State Learning Collaborative
The PRISM project supports state teams through a cohort learning collaborative model. Nine states and jurisdictions have participated in PRISM cohorts, through which they receive training and technical assistance from AMCHP and ASTHO on promising approaches to improve behavioral health for reproductive-age women and engage in peer learning opportunities
Behavioral health learning opportunities for the MCH field
The PRISM team offers educational opportunities for states to advance policy and programming to address mental health and substance use disorders among MCH populations. Topics have included: addressing barriers to prevention, treatment, and recovery; perinatal harm reduction; strategies for working with policymakers and state legislatures on behavioral health initiatives, approaches to destigmatizing behavioral health; and primary care integration.
The PRISM team also partners with other national organizations working at the intersection of behavioral health and MCH, including the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC).
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Funded by HRSA/MCHB, AMCHP’s Core Cooperative Agreement includes a focus on current and emerging public health issues, including mental health and substance use disorders in MCH populations. This project includes information-sharing on best practices and approaches to improve mental and emotional health and well-being within MCH. AMCHP also provides technical assistance to state Title V programs to address challenges in responding to the mental and behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery needs within their states. Two recent technical assistance topic areas include building the capacity of Title V to develop and implement anti-stigma activities and developing strategies for integrating primary and behavioral health care for MCH populations along the continuum of care. To carry out this work, AMCHP collaborates with national, state, and local mental health organizations and agencies as well as subject matter experts to provide training to state MCH program staff on key cultural and socioeconomic considerations for mental health and substance use disorders for different MCH populations.
The Mental Health Team is composed of staff from AMCHP’s six content teams. Internally, the AMCHP mental health team envisions an organization that is well-positioned to build the capacity of Title V programs to address the behavioral health needs of their MCH populations. Externally, AMCHP envisions a future where mental health is seen as integral to overall health for MCH populations. AMCHP promotes integrated systems, reducing stigma, and increasing access to mental health and substance use services. To strive toward these internal and external goals, the Mental Health Team has three primary functions.
- Build the capacity of AMCHP staff to integrate mental health programming into their existing projects and grant proposals.
- Support the implementation of services and activities that promote the mental health of AMCHP staff and their families.
- Provide guidance and support to state Title V staff to address mental health issues in MCH populations.
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MENTAL HEALTH & SUD
Recent Resources & Tools
AMCHP and AAP Virtual Learning Café on Pediatric Mental Health: Session 1 Recording
AMCHP and AAP are hosting a virtual learning café series to increase awareness of community-based mental health supports that are available to children/youth and families. Each learning café will include a short didactic presentation, followed by peer-to-peer discussion and questions. Presenters will include staff from MCH Title V programs who have ongoing mental health programs that involve Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs and/or pediatric primary care professionals. This recording is of the first virtual learning café that took place on September 7th, 2023. The session featured the Virginia Department of Health. Access resources related to the PMHCA Virtual Café Padlet: https://padlet.com/tkeane8/pmhca_virtual_cafe Read More
Adolescent & Young Adult Behavioral Health Collaboration Guide
This document was designed to help MCH programs identify potential collaborators active in AYA health in your state or region. As you consider partnering with other organizations, it is important to consider their primary interests and the potential contributions they could make to population mental health improvement efforts. This list is a starting point for collaboration; every region is different and there may relevant partners not on this list. The Collaboration Worksheet at the end of this document can help guide brainstorming of potential partners and how their current initiatives or priorities will benefit from a collaboration with your organization. Read More
Indiana CoIIN team AYA Focus Groups: Qualitative Findings
During 2021, the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) completed a two-year project called Adolescent and Young Adult Behavior Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation (AYA-CoIIN). The CoIIN consists of a two-pronged approach, systems-level and clinical-level strategies to improve depression screening, follow-up for young people, and integrating behavioral health in primary care. To gain feedback from youth and young adults related to this initiative, Diehl Consulting Group was contracted to conduct a series of focus groups targeting mental health topics. A total of six youth focus groups were held virtually during July 2021. Three sessions with unique questions were conducted, and afternoon and evening groups were offered for each session. Participants were recruited by IDOH and included youth and young adults aged 16 to 22. Read More
Perinatal Substance Use: National and State Public Health Strategies
AMCHP & ASTHO hosted a webinar on March 27th featuring The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). ONDCP shared its priorities for improving maternal health outcomes and expanding access to evidence-based treatment for perinatal populations, as outlined in two reports: (1) Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy: Improving Outcomes for Families and (2) Model Substance Use During Pregnancy and Family Care Plans Act. The presentation also included recommendations and opportunities to strengthen local MCH behavioral health systems based on lessons learned from Vermont’s CHARM (Children and Recovering Mothers) Program. Read More