Mental Health

Health care reform efforts in the United States seek to ensure appropriate access to mental health care, to deliver it efficiently and effectively, and to allocate scarce resources wisely. RAND Health Care studies the effect of these reforms, different programs for preventing and treating mental illnesses, and the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices.

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    How to Reduce Suicide Among U.S. Veterans and Service Members

    The rate at which veterans and service members die by suicide is a national security problem that requires a comprehensive approach. Improved leadership and investments in solutions such as increasing access to high-quality care, better identifying at-risk individuals, and reducing access to lethal means can make a difference.

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    Childhood Trauma Is More Common Than You Think. This School-Based Intervention Can Help

    A program developed at RAND helps children exposed to trauma confront and subdue their stress and anxiety. The program grew out of the 1990s street violence of South Los Angeles and has since helped kids from Newtown to Fukushima. Researchers are tailoring this intervention for children in Puerto Rico whose lives were upended by hurricanes.

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    Examining the Impact of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program

    Evidence suggests that the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program reduced the cost of care and use of emergency room and inpatient services, as well as improved follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness.

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    Managing the Seriously Mentally Ill in Corrections

    A disproportionate number of individuals with serious mental illness become involved in the criminal justice system. At a RAND-convened workshop, experts identified the high-priority for managing those individuals in corrections, and how to achieve better outcomes.

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