Mental Health Treatment


Effective mental health treatment must be based on a foundation of solid, robust evidence. RAND research on mental health treatment includes extensive work on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) interventions for military personnel as well as young children; cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in clients with alcohol and substance abuse problems; and prevention and early intervention strategies for community mental health.

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    Research Brief

    How to Transform Mental Health Care in the United States

    Jan 11, 2021

    With scientific advances, Medicaid expansion, and political consensus on the importance of improving mental health, the time is ripe for transforming the U.S. mental health system. This will mean structural reforms that address patients' challenges in finding, accessing, and receiving high-quality and timely care.

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    All Veterans with Invisible Wounds Should Receive High-Quality Care That Meets These Standards

    Oct 30, 2020

    Millions of post-9/11 U.S. military veterans experience life-changing invisible wounds, including posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic issues resulting from traumatic brain injuries. While effective treatments are available, many veterans lack access to high-quality care. And what high-quality care means, exactly, has been elusive.

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