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Arizona Health Start Program to begin training community health workers with newly approved curriculum

| Sep 9, 2022 | Arizona

A new community health worker (CHW) training curriculum has been approved to be part of the Arizona Health Start Program, a program that uses CHWs to provide education, support, and advocacy services to pregnant and postpartum women in historically underserved communities throughout the state. Families enrolled in the program receive...[ Read More ]

Bill specifying criteria for health plans’ evaluation of utilization management denial appeals moves to Newsom's desk

| Sep 8, 2022 | California

A bill to ensure that a patient or physician’s appeal of a step therapy or prior authorization denial is reviewed by a specified clinical peer was enrolled and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk on Aug. 31st.      Assembly Bill 1880, sponsored by Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D - Fresno),...[ Read More ]

MDHHS says Michigan opioid overdoses involving cocaine are on the rise

| Sep 8, 2022 | Michigan

A new data brief published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) shows a rising trend of opioid overdoses involving cocaine laced with fentanyl.     The rate of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responses to opioid overdose with cocaine involvement was nearly one-third greater in 2021 compared...[ Read More ]

San Diego behavioral health workforce faces significant shortages and lower wages than other regions

| Sep 8, 2022 | California

According to a behavioral health workforce report recently published by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the region’s current demand for behavioral health services significantly outpaces its workforce.     The report states that San Diego’s regional behavioral health system currently employs about 17,000 professionals in 11 high priority occupations, including...[ Read More ]

Newsom’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health is ‘strategic’ way to address high rates of youth mental illness

| Sep 2, 2022 | California

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recently-released Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health encompasses various efforts to help combat rising rates of mental illness and suicide, and low rates of mental health care service utilization among children in the state.     The new plan incorporates the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative—implemented...[ Read More ]

More accessible medication-assisted treatment can help combat fentanyl crisis, AzPHA Executive Director Will Humble says

| Sep 2, 2022 | Arizona

According to Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) Executive Director Will Humble, tackling the fentanyl overdose epidemic in the state comes down to Narcan distribution, preventative measures like fentanyl test strips, and making medication-assisted treatment more accessible.      AzPHA notes that while overdose deaths from opioids like heroin and morphine...[ Read More ]