It is ironic that deinstitutionalization from state psychiatric hospitals and decarceration from city and county jails—major objectives long sought by the behavioral health community—have turned into significant problems in the COVID-19 era.
It's a difficult task with so many unknowns still surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but we must look forward to start planning for the state of the behavioral healthcare field, both in the immediate future and years from now.
BLOG: In the middle of a crisis, it is difficult to plan ahead, but that is what we must do now, not only for those impacted by this current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to build inner resilience to care for those who may be impacted by a coming wave in the fall.
BLOG: Now is the time for us as mental health care providers to begin to prepare ways to reach out to our colleagues on the frontlines to make our services more easily available, starting with the assumption that they are traumatized until proven otherwise.
In this blog post, part of the "Coping During COVID-19" series, Psych Congress Steering Committee member Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC, says it will take time, introspection, and community to find meaning from the pandemic.
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