Tag: COVID-19

February 15, 2024

Q&A: Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute’s Dr. Talebi discusses integrated behavioral health and the policies and programs supporting Texans’ mental health

This interview was published by State of Reform on February 15, 2024. In this Q&A, Hani Talebi, PhD, chief clinical officer and senior vice president for Health Systems Integration at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI),…

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January 4, 2024

Silent struggles: Grieving Houston-area students’ well-being at stake as COVID-19 funds fade

This article was published by Houston Landing on January 4, 2024. Each day after his shift as a machine operator, Eliberto Ortega used to walk through the front door of his east Houston home, take…

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September 5, 2023

‘COVID ProTEXion Campaign’ boosts awareness, vaccinations for Texans with severe mental illness

When the COVID-19 outbreak first hit the country in January 2020, William Boyd, executive director of PHOENIX House in Abilene, Texas, a membership-based community for people living with mental illness or trauma, felt like he…

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August 28, 2023

The Texas Vaccine Equity Sprint

SUMMARY - People with serious mental illness (SMI) are at high risk of dying from COVID-19. To help educate this population about vaccinations and opportunities to get vaccinated, the Meadows Institute engaged community organizations...

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December 19, 2022

Tele-behavioral Health Primer: Current Knowledge & Best Practices

Intended to serve as a tool for clinical decision-makers, the primer highlights optimal standards of care when using telehealth in treatment.

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October 13, 2022

We Can Fight the Epidemic Better than the Pandemic – Because We Care

On April 11, 2022, Meadows Institute President and CEO, Andy Keller, PhD, delivered this talk at NatCon22, an assembly of the most influential voices in mental health and substance use treatment.   In this talk,…

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March 30, 2022

Andy Keller, PhD, Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Finance about Parity & Care Integration

On Wednesday, March 30, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute President and CEO, Andy Keller, PhD, is presenting invited testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Finance to discuss ways of ensuring parity and integration…

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December 24, 2021

Frustrated, exhausted, scared: Omicron exacerbates pandemic mental health concerns

This article was originally published by The Texas Tribune on December 24, 2021. Earlier this week, someone called the state’s COVID-19 mental health support line to talk through their family’s decision to cancel Christmas celebrations…

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November 18, 2021

Why is the CDC missing in action on severe mental illnesses?

This article was authored by Dr. Thomas R. Insel and Meadows Institute CEO Andy Keller and was originally published by STAT News on November 18, 2021. In October, the CDC updated its list of medical…

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April 28, 2021

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

SUMMARY - During his invited testimony, President and CEO Andy Keller, PhD, discussed the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and how lessons learned in Texas can be used nationally to address mental health and...

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March 15, 2021

Texas House Committee on County Affairs – Mental Health Landscape & COVID-19

SUMMARY – Meadows Institute CEO Andy Keller, PhD, was invited to testify before the committee on the mental health impacts of COVID-19.

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February 23, 2021

2020 Devastated U.S. Mental Health — Healing must be a Priority

This opinion piece was coauthored by the Meadows Institute’s Andy Keller, PhD and National Alliance on Mental Illness CEO, Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. It was originally published by The Hill on February 23, 2021. It…

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January 22, 2021

Primary Care Is Key to Reversing COVID-Related Suicide, Overdose Trends

The post below by the Meadows Institute’s Andy Keller, PhD, was originally posted by American Communities Project on January 22, 2021. Even as we were in the process of projecting them, the numbers were sobering….

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December 8, 2020

Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services – Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

SUMMARY – On December 8, 2020, Andy Keller, PhD, President and CEO of the Meadows Institute, was invited testimony at the Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. During his presentation, Dr. Keller...

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December 7, 2020

Philanthropy Roundtable Survey: Children’s Mental Health Funding in the Time of COVID-19

The post below coauthored by the Meadows Institute’s Patrick Tennant, PhD, and The Hackett Center for Mental Health’s Gary Blau, PhD, was originally posted by Philanthropy Roundtable on December 7, 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic has taken…

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November 11, 2020

Trauma & Grief Center Joins The Hackett Center for Mental Health

The Hackett Center for Mental Health, the first regional center of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, announced it is now home to the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center, which raises the standard of care…

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November 4, 2020

White Paper Series: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Impacts

SUMMARY - The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has released a series of white papers on the anticipated mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October 13, 2020

Pandemic Fallout: Highlighting the Need for Better Mental Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the dire need for broad and affordable access to mental healthcare and resources. The isolation of the last few months, fear of illness, record unemployment and countless other stressors…

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October 9, 2020

Policing in a Pandemic: Peer Support Webinar Series

In April 2020, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute began filming the “Policing in a Pandemic” virtual peer support series in partnership with the Caruth Police Institute. Guest speakers were invited to discuss topics such as…

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October 9, 2020

COVID-19 Resources For First Responders

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has compiled a list of resources from state and national organizations addressing exposure recommendations, organizational readiness and peer support for first responders. In communities across Texas, families are facing the…

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