The Behavioral Health System and its Response to COVID-19: A Snapshot Perspective

University of Michigan, 2020

Although this paper was written back in April of 2020 when COVID-19 was at its peak, it provides insight into what different Behavioral Health facilities are doing in response to COVID-19. Pay close attention to the subsection “Residential Treatment Services” and how the authors state “most had no or limited prior experience or training in infection control or quarantine, and there have been challenges in accessing PPE and virus testing compared to hospitals and nursing homes.” Why have residential care facilities had such a hard time responding to COVID-19, when other healthcare facilities seem to be having an easier time adapting to a new normal? Other sections of this paper describe what other sectors are doing, such as juvenile justice, community service teams, psychiatric units, and crisis services.

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