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Editor: Marsha Langer Ellison, UMass Psychiatry - Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

Psychiatry Information in Brief is a journal devoted to the dissemination of behavioral health information. This journal focuses on translating research findings into concise, user-friendly information that is accessible to all. It incorporates an array of dissemination products including:

  • Psychiatry Issue Briefs: Concise research findings with real-world recommendations and action items for providers and consumers of mental health services
  • Research in the Works: Brief one page descriptions of on-going research at the UMass Department of Psychiatry
  • Research You Can Use: Research findings from literature reviews, white papers, and other research aimed at busy providers
  • Transitions ACR: Publications aimed at improving supports for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions

Recent Content

Access to Care

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

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Integration of Primary Health Care & Wellness Services Into a Community Mental Health Center
Marie Hobart

Subject Area: Access to Care, Mental Health and Primary Care, Service Systems, Wellness

Children

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Blueprint for Building Inter-Agency Collaboration through Strategic Planning: Supporting the Employment of Youth & Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Marsha Langer Ellison, Rose Swensen, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Children, Policy, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Using Risk Assessment and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles in Juvenile Justice [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent

Subject Area: Children, Juvenile Justice, Legal Issues, Risk Assessment

Community Based Participatory Research

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10 Steps to Starting a Young Adult Advisory Council: Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 1
Raphael Mizrahi and Amanda Costa

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Transition Age Youth

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Young Adult Councils: Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 2
Raphael Mizrahi and Amanda Costa

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Transition Age Youth

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

Depression

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression [English and Spanish versions]
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

Education and Training

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New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get a Job: What WIOA Can Do for You
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

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Peer Academic Support for Success (PASS): Peer Coaching for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHCs)
Laura Golden, Shianna Cruz, Amanda Costa, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Education and Training, Transition Age Youth

Employment

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New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get a Job: What WIOA Can Do for You
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Testing Whether Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults Can Reduce Their Justice System Involvement
Bernadette Shaw, Michael Peters, Deirdre G. Logan, Ashli Sheidow, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Employment, Legal Issues, Transition Age Youth

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There's More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For [English and Spanish versions]
Michael Bryer, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Zlatina Kostova, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Employment, Transition Age Youth

Ethics

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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

Subject Area: Ethics, Policy, Service Systems

Family

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses [English and Spanish versions]
Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Kelly English, Margaret Guyer-Deason, and Sandra Wixted

Subject Area: Family, Parenting, Rehabilitation/Recovery

Health Disparities

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

HIV/AIDS

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Spirituality in HIV+ Patient Care
Joni L. Utley and Amy B. Wachholtz

Subject Area: HIV/AIDS, Spirituality

Juvenile Justice

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Preventing Prison Rape: Designing and Validating a PREA Screening Tool for Pre-trial Juvenile Detention Centers
Gina M. Vincent, Jack Fitzgerald, and Patricia Nunez

Subject Area: Juvenile Justice, Transition Age Youth, Violence

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Using Risk Assessment and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles in Juvenile Justice [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent

Subject Area: Children, Juvenile Justice, Legal Issues, Risk Assessment

Legal Issues

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Testing Whether Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults Can Reduce Their Justice System Involvement
Bernadette Shaw, Michael Peters, Deirdre G. Logan, Ashli Sheidow, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Employment, Legal Issues, Transition Age Youth

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The Impact of Health-Related Quality of Life on Retention in Drug Treatment Courts
Ekaterina Pivovarova

Subject Area: Legal Issues, Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Saving Money for a Better Life: What Can the ABLE Act Do for Me?
Raphael Mizrahi, Tania Duperoy, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Legal Issues, Transition Age Youth

Mental Health and Primary Care

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eMental Health Bridges Project: A Web Site Development Project to Provide Needed Mental and Physical Health Information to People with Serious Mental Illness [English and Spanish versions]
Elaine R. Martin, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Len L. Levin, Zlatina Kostova, and Scott Ahrens

Subject Area: Education and Training, Health Disparities, Mental Health and Primary Care

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Getting Acquainted with Stigma: A Brief Introduction [English and Spanish versions]
Stephanie Rodrigues

Subject Area: Health Disparities, Mental Health and Primary Care

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Integration of Primary Health Care & Wellness Services Into a Community Mental Health Center
Marie Hobart

Subject Area: Access to Care, Mental Health and Primary Care, Service Systems, Wellness

Mindfulness

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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence [English and Spanish versions]
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

Subject Area: Mindfulness, Violence

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies for Behavioral Health Disorders [English and Spanish versions]
Jeremiah Slutsky, Jay Byron, and Carl E. Fulwiler

Subject Area: Mindfulness

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Mindfulness and Health [English and Spanish versions]
Carl E. Fulwiler and Fernando de Torrijos

Subject Area: Mindfulness

Multicultural

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

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Phase 1 – Community Forums Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent Through Community Engagement and State-Of-The-Art Simulation
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Todd Higgins, Elizabeth Stout, and Kelsey Cappetta

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Multicultural

Parenting

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses [English and Spanish versions]
Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Kelly English, Margaret Guyer-Deason, and Sandra Wixted

Subject Area: Family, Parenting, Rehabilitation/Recovery

Peers

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Enhancing the Social Networks of People with Mental Illnesses: A Qualitative Study on the Role of Peer-Operated Recovery Learning Communities [English and Spanish versions]
Jonathan Delman, Kathleen Biebel, and Shums Alikhan

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Peers, Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Confidentiality Uncovered: Why Peer Supporters Need Protection
Antonia Seligowski and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

Subject Area: Peers, Legal Issues, Rehabilitation/Recovery

Policy

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Blueprint for Building Inter-Agency Collaboration through Strategic Planning: Supporting the Employment of Youth & Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Marsha Langer Ellison, Rose Swensen, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Children, Policy, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

Subject Area: Ethics, Policy, Service Systems

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Navigating the Complexity of Using Research in Policy and Practice Decisions [English and Spanish versions]
Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, Laurel Leslie, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Joanne Nicholson

Subject Area: Policy, Service Systems

Rehabilitation/Recovery

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The Impact of Health-Related Quality of Life on Retention in Drug Treatment Courts
Ekaterina Pivovarova

Subject Area: Legal Issues, Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Enhancing the Social Networks of People with Mental Illnesses: A Qualitative Study on the Role of Peer-Operated Recovery Learning Communities [English and Spanish versions]
Jonathan Delman, Kathleen Biebel, and Shums Alikhan

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Peers, Rehabilitation/Recovery

Risk Assessment

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Using Risk Assessment and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles in Juvenile Justice [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent

Subject Area: Children, Juvenile Justice, Legal Issues, Risk Assessment

Service Systems

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New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get a Job: What WIOA Can Do for You
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Blueprint for Building Inter-Agency Collaboration through Strategic Planning: Supporting the Employment of Youth & Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Marsha Langer Ellison, Rose Swensen, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Children, Policy, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

Spirituality

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Spirituality in HIV+ Patient Care
Joni L. Utley and Amy B. Wachholtz

Subject Area: HIV/AIDS, Spirituality

Suicide Intervention and Prevention

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Detecting and Intervening on Suicidality in Emergency Departments: The ED-SAFE Study
Edwin Boudreaux, Carlos A. Camargo Jr, and Ivan Miller

Subject Area: Suicide Intervention and Prevention

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The Impact of Suicide Calls on Police
Barry N. Feldman, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Bernice Gershenson, Jonathan C. Clayfield, and Richard P. Cody

Subject Area: Suicide Intervention and Prevention

Technology

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Estimating Frequencies from Multiple Source Data
Elizabeth A. Aaker, Charles W. Lidz, and Lorna J. Simon

Subject Area: Technology

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Maximizing the Results of Internet Surveys
Jill Rosenbaum and Charles W. Lidz

Subject Area: Technology

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Application of Mapping to Psychiatric Services
Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski

Subject Area: Technology

Tobacco Addiction

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Incorporating Tobacco Cessation Activities in ICCD Clubhouses [English and Spanish versions]
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Valerie F. Williams

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Tobacco Addiction

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Addressing Tobacco through Organizational Change (ATTOC)
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Sarah A. Baker

Subject Area: Tobacco Addiction

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Addressing Tobacco Use in Adult Mental Health Service Programs
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Gregory Seward, Valerie Williams, Kevin Bradley, Jennifer Colburn, and David Rocheleau

Subject Area: Tobacco Addiction

Transition Age Youth

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New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get a Job: What WIOA Can Do for You
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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10 Steps to Starting a Young Adult Advisory Council: Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 1
Raphael Mizrahi and Amanda Costa

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Transition Age Youth

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Young Adult Councils: Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 2
Raphael Mizrahi and Amanda Costa

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Transition Age Youth

Trauma

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC) [English and Spanish versions]
Jessica L. Griffin, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Toni M. Irsfeld, Heather Forkey, Thomas Grisso, and Laurel Post

Subject Area: Children, Family, Trauma

Traumatic Brain Injury

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Brain Injury Resources [English and Spanish versions]
Colleen E. McKay and Meghan E. Heffernan

Subject Area: Traumatic Brain Injury, Veterans

Veterans

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A Jail Diversion Program for Veterans with Co-occurring Disorders: MISSION - DIRECT VET [English and Spanish versions]
Paul Christopher, William H. Fisher, Mary Ellen Foti, Carl E. Fulwiler, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Stephanie W. Hartwell, David A. Smelson, and Debra Pinals

Subject Area: Veterans

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Brain Injury Resources [English and Spanish versions]
Colleen E. McKay and Meghan E. Heffernan

Subject Area: Traumatic Brain Injury, Veterans

Violence

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Preventing Prison Rape: Designing and Validating a PREA Screening Tool for Pre-trial Juvenile Detention Centers
Gina M. Vincent, Jack Fitzgerald, and Patricia Nunez

Subject Area: Juvenile Justice, Transition Age Youth, Violence

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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence [English and Spanish versions]
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

Subject Area: Mindfulness, Violence

Wellness

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Preparing the Open Dialogue Approach for Implementation in the United States [English and Spanish versions]
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Mary Olson

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Service Systems, Wellness

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Integration of Primary Health Care & Wellness Services Into a Community Mental Health Center
Marie Hobart

Subject Area: Access to Care, Mental Health and Primary Care, Service Systems, Wellness