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The Temporary Treatment Normal – Helping Clinical Professionals Navigate The Pandemic

By Monica E. Oss

The pandemic emergency wrought by the COVID-19 virus has had many immediate effects—on the public, the economy, and the health and human service field. At least 42 states have ‘stay at home’ orders in place. (For the latest updates, check out this interactive map from the New York Times, See Which States And Cities Have Told Residents To Stay At Home) and at least 46 states have closed "non-essential businesses" (with Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota currently having no stay-at-home orders or business closures as of April 2). Children are no longer attending school and daycare programs are closed. Over 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, raising the unemployment rate to an estimated 13%, and that number is likely to grow. For the health and human service field, the implications are many. A large number of the unemployed population will soon be without health insurance. The...

Executive Summary In 2018, there were approximately 15.5 million people in the United States with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) – about 4.75% of the total U.S. population. The proportion of the U.S. I/DD consumer population in the age group of 19 to 64 years increased slightly – from 8.6 million in 2014 to 8.7 million in 2018, while...
A greater share of youth ages 10 to 18 who died by suicide had a mental health diagnosis and used Medicaid mental health services during the six months before death. Approximately 41.3% of youth who died by suicide had at least one mental health diagnosis in the six months prior to death. However, youth who made more mental health...

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