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According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (2021), one out of 8 emergency department visits are related to mental illness or substance abuse disorder. This has an impact of the availability of these services for other members of the population. Not every provider has expertise in managing certain types of mental illness or disorders, but all providers should have access to resources or colleagues that can assist in directing the patient to the facility or provider that can achieve the most desirable outcome for each patient. Not providing our patients with resources to manage their mental health can have a ripple effect on their overall well-being and health as well as their productivity within the population. This also impacts the individual’s family and support system as it puts more stain on these personal resources who are often not adequately equipped or educated to providing care to their loved ones with mental illness. This very important safety initiative and the translational research can help move the evidence into policy and practice for many of the population.
Mental health is an increasing crisis in the United States. In 2019, there was an estimated 51.5 million adults in the United States living with mental health representing 20.9% of the US population (NIMH-mental illness, 2021). Without proper access to mental health care there could lead to more serious mental from lack of medications, therapy, etc. Mike Thompson California’s Democratic Representative sponsors the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 20121. This act in particular will amend title XVIII of the Social Security act and provide patients with Medicare Part B to be covered for marriage and family therapy services and mental health counselor services (Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2021 [H.R. 432], n.d.).