Select Key Metrics on Behavioral Health
Behavioral health screening and delivery of services in primary care and other settings; referrals to specialty mental health care; percentage of patients prescribed psychotropic medications.Behavioral Health Service Utilization
Number of outpatient mental health visits; medication adherence; attendance at psychiatry and psychotherapy appointments.
In Philadelphia, behavioral health utilization rates among non-Hispanic Black/African American adults are lower than Hispanic and non-Hispanic White adults.
Ongoing Efforts in the Philadelphia Community
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia began the Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids Integrated Care Program in 2018 to connect pediatric patients with behavioral health specialists in the primary care office. This integrated behavioral health program makes accessing behavioral health services more convenient for patients and families, reduces the stigma of seeking behavioral health care, and is associated with improved mental health outcomes for a broad range of behavioral health issues including depression, ADHD, and anxiety.
Black Men Heal was founded in Philadelphia by Tasnim Sulaiman to provide access to mental health treatment, psychoeducation, and community resources to men of color. This mission is supported by three goals: stigma reduction, provider-client matching, and cost reduction.
A Happier You is a program from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Center for Brief Therapy. This is a 7-session program designed to teach individuals how to increase feelings of happiness. The program is offered virtually or in person and covers topics including positive events, accomplishments, personal strengths, gratitude, humor, kindness, and love. Participants in the program receive a program workbook, cognitive flexibility tool, and access to the Happier You mobile app which contains additional exercises. The Happier You program supports individuals from historically excluded communities with grants to cover the cost of program registration.
Efforts listed here may be independent of Accelerate Health Equity. Check back to learn about a broader list of health equity efforts.