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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Is A PRIME Component Of Quality Health Care

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Behavioral health – also known as mental health – is a critical part of any patient care plan. Integrating behavioral health practices into primary care helps patients to not just survive, but thrive, in every aspect of their lives. Here in Massachusetts, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) promotes this integration by awarding PRIME certification to health care facilities that are committed to integrating behavioral health and primary care services. Fenway Health is proud to be the first community health center to be certified under PCMH PRIME in Massachusetts. Fenway Health’s Alicia Anderson, Director of Quality Improvement, and Jane Powers, Director 
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Groundbreaking New Book Addresses Trauma And Healing For LGBT People

By | Behavioral Health, Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Trauma can often have a deep impact on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. As an oppressed minority population, LGBT people disproportionately experience traumatic events such as childhood abuse, hate violence, sexual assault, and homelessness. It’s critical for healthcare providers to understand the root causes of trauma in the LGBT community, and how that trauma may manifest in self-destructive behaviors. LGBT patients especially need culturally competent care in order to avoid retraumatization. A newly released book aims to educate healthcare professionals about the effects of trauma on the health of LGBT patients and explain how to use clinical encounters to 
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To Address Rising Hate Crimes, “You Deserve” Campaign Elevates Awareness of Critical Services

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Across the nation, reports of bias-motivated threats and assaults are rising, and Massachusetts is no exception. A hotline set up by the Attorney General’s office for residents to call-in bias-motivated threats, harassment, or violence received nearly 2,000 calls in just the first two months of 2016. In response, Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program (VRP) has launched a public awareness campaign called “You Deserve.” The campaign is aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims of bias-motivated harassment and assault, as well as sexual and domestic violence, and is designed to raise awareness of VRP’s free recovery services. Earlier 
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Policy Changes May Expand Behavioral Health Care Access For People Living With HIV/AIDS

By | Behavioral Health, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Comprehensive behavioral health care is a key component of overall wellness. For people living with HIV (PLWH), access to these services is especially critical. The stress caused by pervasive stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS has been shown to contribute to a number of behavioral health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, and substance abuse. The duel challenges of HIV and psychiatric diagnoses means that this population has unique behavioral health needs that must be integrated into culturally-competent care plans. A new brief from The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care at The Fenway Institute outlines recent changes in federal 
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Fenway Health Becomes First Practice To Achieve PCMH PRIME Certification For Integrating Behavioral Health In Primary Care

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On Wednesday, October 5, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) visited Fenway: South End to officially award its Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) PRIME certification to this office. Envisioned by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, HPC’s PCMH PRIME emphasizes the importance of behavioral health integration in primary care. Fenway: South End is the first practice to attain PCMH PRIME certification for its commitment to integrating behavioral health and primary care services. Behavioral health conditions – including mental illnesses and substance use disorders – are commonly characterized by both under and delayed diagnosis and treatment. As such, there is growing 
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