A Strategy for Mental Health
I bring up mental health and substance abuse, because, as it seems to be the case lately, I have found a report that I think should and will have a significant impact on the direction of mental health and substance abuse care. The report is entitled, “From Study to Action: A Strategic Plan for Transformation of Mental Health Care”. The report is the second in a series of publications that brings together previous national studies on mental healthcare, including the IOM’s Crossing the Quality Chasm, and creates a “crosswalk” between them. In other words, this report finds the common ground between significant policy papers and forges strategies for action. I think that publications like this are significant because they give us a framework through which to focus our transformation efforts. When some of the stakeholders in healthcare, and in this case, mental healthcare, can agree on documents like this as a starting point for discussion, they can get to the work of real, constructive change.