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Mental Health Access in Pennsylvania: Examining Capacity for a Global Health Crisis Response
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5/28/2020
When: May 28, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: Webinar - The link to access webinar will be emailed after registration
United States
Presenter: Kirby Wycoff, PsyD, MPH; Dan Warner, PhD
Contact: Erin Brady
717-232-3817


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Cost
No CE - Free
PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $40

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:   Is Pennsylvania prepared to address the psychological and psychiatric needs in the Commonwealth during and after COVID-19? This webinar will present findings from a PPA-led examination of mental health access in Pennsylvania. Even before this global health crisis, Pennsylvania struggled to meet the needs of it most vulnerable members, with approximately 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians living with a mental illness, yet only 4 in 10 of those people actually receiving appropriate care.1 This research study identifies and maps the number of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychologists across counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The impact of the coronavirus crisis will be reviewed, and the policy and practice implications will be discussed.

1 National Alliance on Mental Illness, Keystone Pennsylvania. (2019). Retrieved from www.nami.org/policy.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the extent to which the needs of Pennsylvanians are adequately being met by the current mental health workforce.
  2. Discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the need for mental health services in Pennsylvania.
  3. List potential solutions to the current shortages around psychotropic medication providers in the Commonwealth