Behavioral Health

Information on how hospitals, health systems and other caregivers can improve treatment and management of illnesses affecting the mind as well as the body.
A new paper released last week has raised the alarm on the pervasive problem of physician burnout.
Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, and DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services are sponsoring free buprenorphine “x-waiver” trainings across the state.
Using funding from recent settlements through its healthcare division, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office last week distributed $3 million in grants to organizations addressing social determinants of health.
MHA has released guidelines to assist hospitals develop appropriate programs to administer and/or prescribe Medication for Addiction Treatment in their EDs or satellite emergency facilities.
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito were sworn into their second terms last Thursday.
DPH has announced that the Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR) system is moving online.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
An important Healthcare Safety Summit MHA held last week featured experts from throughout the state discussing not only strategies to prevent healthcare violence and conflict, but initiatives to promote wellness and resilience.
Recently, a national webinar hosted by the AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) featured MHA and Harrington Healthcare System’s Elise Wilson, R.N., who was violently attacked while caring for a patient.
Perhaps the largest and most complex healthcare merger in state history is all but final after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office ok'd the merger with conditions.
The Betsy Lehman Center is seeking five pilot hospitals to participate in creating a peer support program to help clinicians and other staff deal with medical errors and other unexpected patient outcomes.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Workgroup has issued a new guidance document to assist hospitals with implementing care and management practices for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementi
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1.
DPH recently released a notice outlining new requirements for providers prescribing benzodiazepines.
Details are quickly coming together for the important MHA 2018 Healthcare Safety Summit at MHA’s Conference Center in Burlington on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Southcoast Health brought together nursing, business, health, and political leaders to show the community’s widespread opposition to Question 1.
Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates on October 24 released a statement regarding Question 1.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that he will vote NO on Question 1.
Behavioral beds will close if Question 1 passes and there are not enough RNs available to fulfill the staffing mandates.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: