Connections to Care (C2C)

People walking across a crosswalk at the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY, photo by deberarr/Getty Images.

In both rural and urban areas, mental health professionals — particularly those who can deliver evidence-based treatments — are in short supply.

To fill gaps in the mental health care workforce and lower barriers to accessing mental health care, regional governments and coalitions have been exploring new strategies to address mental health care delivery. One such effort, begun in 2016, is the Connections to Care (C2C) Collaborative in New York City, which has built an innovative model of delivering mental health screening and evidence-based interventions through staff at community-based organizations (CBOs) that already serve at-risk populations.

RAND researchers worked with New York City government partners to evaluate the implementation, impact, and cost of the C2C program.

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The American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Institute of Mental Health offer a two-part webinar series focusing on the mental health needs of unemployed individuals. RAND researcher Lynsay Ayer is one of the webinar instructors.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Unemployed Individuals Webinar (external link)