Behavioral Health

Policy Changes May Expand Behavioral Health Care Access For People Living With HIV/AIDS

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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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Fenway Health Announces New Problem Gambling Services

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Fenway Health is proud to announce the launch of its new Problem Gambling Services to assist individuals seeking help with their gambling behaviors, as well as family members and loved ones of those struggling with these behaviors. The new services, which are federally funded as part of a larger initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), expand Fenway’s Addiction Recovery and Wellness Program to provide increased support to those experiencing emotional, family, legal or financial problems as a result of gambling. Currently across the state of Mass., an estimated 67,500 to 109,100 adults can be classified as problem 
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New Provider Spotlight: Gerardo Moreno-Serrano, Bilingual Psychotherapist

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Gerardo Moreno-Serrano, Bilingual Psychotherapist Joined Fenway in March, 2016 Education: Bachelor in Sciences in Educational Psychology from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City and a Master in Sciences in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. Gerardo was a Research Fellow at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University from 2003 to 2004. What inspired you to become a Psychotherapist? I have always been inspired by my grandmother’s work, dedication, and commitment to help people (she went to school and became a nurse/midwife in the early 30’s). I admire her strength and courage to go to school in an 
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National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its annual report this week titled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2015. For this report, which is the most comprehensive of its kind to date, NCAVP collected data on 1,253 incidents of hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people from 13 local NCAVP member organizations in 11 states, including the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health. States contributing to the report included Texas, Colorado, Vermont, Minnesota, Missouri, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, New York, Ohio, and Arizona. For nearly twenty years, NCAVP has released reports on the pervasive and 
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