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To keep you better informed about some of the biggest news and developments concerning behavioral and mental health, below are 10 of the most significant reports published in May and a few bonus pieces. Highlights include stories on a new social media advisory, screening tool effectiveness, the importance of early screening, multiple survey results and chatbots.

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1. Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new surgeon general's advisory on social media and youth mental health.

2. Screening Tools Effective in Identifying Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents

A study showed the use of screening tools was effective in identifying substance use disorders (SUDs) in adolescents and can be recommended.

3. Early Screening Can Play a Critical Role in Pediatric Mental Health

Proem's Dr. Thomas R. Young spoke with Contemporary Pediatrics about the importance of early mental health screening for children and adolescents. 

4. Johnson, Matsui Reintroduce Bill to Eliminate Barriers to Telemental Health Services

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) reintroduced the Telemental Health Care Access Act, legislation that would remove barriers to virtual mental and behavioral health care for Medicare beneficiaries.

5. Why a Cardiac Crisis Also Can Be a Mental Health Issue

An article from the American Health Association discussed co-occurring cardiac and mental health issues.

6. Behavioral Health Crisis Response: Findings from a Survey of State Medicaid Programs

KFF published the results of its behavioral health survey of state Medicaid programs which found that while these programs are taking steps to help implement and fund crisis services, accessibility and other gaps remain.

7. Workers' Mental Health Takes a Dive, Survey Finds

The results of a survey revealed American workers' mental health is declining.

8. Analysis: Chatbots for Mental Health Care Are Booming, but There's Little Proof That They Help

A KFF Health News analysis of mental health chatbots found few of the many apps have independent outcomes research showing they help, while most have not been scrutinized by the FDA.

9. 31% of Health Plan Purchasers Dissatisfied with Behavioral Health Network Effectiveness

Survey data revealed dissatisfaction among many health plan purchasers over behavioral health network access quality.

10. The Joint Commission Releases New Public Education Campaign During Mental Health Awareness Month in May

The Joint Commission launched a new public education campaign: Speak Up For Your Mental Health.

Bonus items ...

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Proem Behavioral Health's John Letter Appears on Atlanta Business RadioX 
Proem CEO John Letter appeared as a guest on Atlanta Business RadioX to discuss a wide range of behavioral health topics.

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Proem  Named 'Mental Health Startup You Need to Know'

Hypepotamus included Proem on its list of "mental health startups you need to know."


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