Mental Health


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Issues related to mental health were identified as priorities in 17 (63%) of 27 CHNAs and implementation plans analyzed in this report. With 32,508 hospital admissions for either mood disorders or schizophrenic disorders, mental health related conditions were among the leading causes of hospitalizations in Chicago aside from births in 2011. Three specific issues raised by hospitals included suicide, depression, and hospitalizations related to drug and alcohol use, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. Hospitals noted the need for prevention efforts, particularly among young people, and a greater capacity for community-based treatment.


The Community Guide 
A website of the Community Preventive Services Task Force findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based. The Guide, by topic, indicates which program and policy interventions have been proven effective, and whether an intervention is right for a community.

Collaborative Care for the Management of Depressive Disorders 
Describes a multi-component, healthcare system-level intervention that uses case managers to link primary care providers, patients, and mental health specialists.

Improving Mental Health and Addressing Mental Illness: Mental Health Benefits Legislation 
Recommendation for Mental Health Benefits legislation to improve financial protection and increase appropriate utilization of mental health services. Includes evidence that mental health benefits legislation is associated with increased access to care, increased diagnosis of mental health conditions, reduced prevalence of poor mental health and reduced suicide rates.

Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults: Home-Based Depression Care Management 
Cites strong evidence for improved short-term depression outcomes with depression care management at home for adults 60+. Home-based management involves active screening, trained depression care managers, case management, patient education, and a supervising psychiatrist.

Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults: Clinic-Based Depression Care Management
Cites sufficient evidence for improved short-term, low-level depression (dysthymia) outcomes among adults 60 and over when managed in in primary care clinics. Effective clinic-based depression care management involves active screening for depression, trained depression care managers, patient education, antidepressant treatment and/or psychotherapy, and a supervising psychiatrist.

What Works for Health: Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin’s Health
Project analysts assess strategies that could improve health through changes to health behaviors, social and economic factors, clinical care, and the physical environment. Each strategy is assigned an evidence rating, expected outcomes, and links to helpful resources. Implementation in Wisconsin and elsewhere is discussed. An assessment of potential reach and likely impact on disparities for each strategy is also included.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
The Model Practices Database is an online, searchable collection of innovative best practices across public health areas.

Bridging Community Intervention and Mental Health Services Research
Describes a process for an evidence-based, community-partnership approach to meeting the Mental Health needs of local populations.

Coalitions and Community Health: Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care
Provides and overview of how coalitions can promote integrated care in their communities by building on the work they are already doing in most cases. Some excellent examples of communities and coalitions that have done so successfully.