The Growing Behavioral and Mental Health Crisis
Rates of depression and anxiety are at all-time highs, but more than half adults with a mental illness receive no treatment at all. Add to this a worsening opioid epidemic killing tens of thousands of Americans each year and it’s clear our communities and patients need help. As PAs diagnose and treat behavioral and mental health issues across all practice settings, supporting them is essential to curbing this crisis.
A Movement Toward Progress on Behavioral and Mental Health
AAPA and the PA Foundation continually commit substantial resources to preventing and treating substance use disorders and mental illness in communities across the nation. Behavioral and mental health is one of four National Health Priorities targeted as part of a national movement for healthier bodies and minds. Together with industry, health system, and community partners, we are giving PAs the knowledge and the tools needed to make a difference.
CME – Continuing Medical Education
Stigma generated and reinforced by healthcare practitioners results in humiliation, reduced access to care, and ultimately fuels the cycle of addiction for people with opioid and other substance use disorders. Go beyond the basics of what constitutes stigma and instead explore how stigma specifically affects the healthcare provider community , the medical system as a whole, and individual patients.
This 24-hour, on-demand course satisfies the training requirement as outlined in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to allow practitioners to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to their patients with opioid use disorder.
This series explores the criteria for diagnosis of bipolar disorder — one of the most misdiagnosed mental health disorders, provides insight into the evaluation and management of postpartum depression, examines evidenced-based screening protocols for alcohol use disorder, reviews current methods used to screen for trauma as well as the guiding principles of trauma-informed care delivery, and tools for screening, diagnosing, and treating depression and anxiety.
This course explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.
Using real-world examples this course covers peer-reviewed research about medication treatment for opioid use disorder, screening for substance use, providing naloxone in the pharmacy setting, and managing patients’ pain.
Programs & Events
Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally informed Healthcare (REACH) is a unique one-year training program for racial and ethnic minoritized trainees interested in becoming an addiction specialist. The REACH program involves an intensive training experience, monthly webinars, and career mentorship throughout the academic year. Applications from PAs are still being accepted. All specialties welcome.
Help bridge the gap between SUD research and practice and bring evidence-based SUD treatments into the clinical setting. Up to $10,000 in funding for mentor-supervised projects.
This curriculum focuses on providing a foundation for PA students and other pre-prescribers to navigate pain management in a world that relies increasingly on telemedicine.
During May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) joins the national movement to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
In communities across America, substance use disorder (SUD) is a public health crisis with an enormous cost.
Tools & Resources
This is a national initiative that serves clinicians and providers across all mental health practice settings. Their services offer evidence-based answers that support your clinical decisions for individuals who have bipolar disorder, recurrent major depression, and schizophrenia.
Learn how Samuel Halajian, MPAS, PA-C, is helping unhoused populations in his community.
Together, We Are Building a Movement
Reach out about sponsorship, research, speaking, or programming opportunities.
Let’s have a conversation about how PAs are addressing the behavioral and mental health crisis.