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Correctional mental health expert calls for better access to care in correctional facilities and the community

The first comprehensive textbook on correctional psychiatry will be released next month in an effort to improve the quality of care given to inmates with mental illnesses. Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, a co-editor of the textbook, sheds light on the need for mental health services in both correctional facilities and the community. Appelbaum is clinical professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School and director of correctional mental health policy and research at its Center for Health Policy and Research, a unit within Commonwealth Medicine.

UMass Medical School will educate employers about recruiting people with disabilities at Feb. 26 conference

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program will educate employers about building diversity by recruiting people with disabilities and dispelling myths about their productivity at a conference and career fair hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management Feb. 26 in Cambridge.

Telegram & Gazette: UMass Medical School, MassHealth working to keep children with high-risk asthma healthier

UMass Medical School and MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, are working on an initiative to keep children with high-risk asthma healthier by trying to ensure the use of proper medications and the elimination of triggers, while reducing costly hospital visits, according to a story in the Telegram & Gazette March 4.

UMass Medical School’s LEND program receives $3.08 million, five-year grant from U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has refunded the UMass Medical School’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program with a $3.08 million, five-year grant.

Director of UMass Medical School Work Without Limits inducted into Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

Megan Northup needs workplace supports to accommodate disabilities related to her autism, and she had no aspirations for career advancement. That didn’t stop her mentor, UMass Medical School disability employment leader Kathleen A. Petkauskos, from promoting her. Petkauskos’ faith inspired a grateful Northup to nominate her for the National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

UMass Medical School experts to present on teaching medical and nursing students about race, power and population health at Association of Clinicians for the Underserved conference

UMass Medical School experts will present on educating medical and advanced practice nursing students about race, power and privilege in clinical settings and how partnerships can help when teaching population health at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s annual conference July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C.

Julie White in The Huffington Post: Policy change paved the road to passing the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act

UMass Medical School criminal justice expert Julie White writes that it took a paradigm shift over 102 years to pass the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA), historic legislation that recognizes addiction is a disease and aims to provide services for prevention and recovery from substance abuse, in a blog on The Huffington Post.

Male, single, young, and low-income individuals more likely to be persistently uninsured, says report by researchers from UMass Medical School and Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Although Massachusetts leads the nation with the lowest rates of uninsurance, residents who are male, single, young, and low-income are more likely than others to be persistently without health insurance for two consecutive years.  This was one of the findings of a report co-authored by researchers from UMass Medical School and the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority and funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.  The findings suggest that a variety of approaches are needed to reduce the number of residents who remain without health insurance.

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