September 12, 2020
This year, more than three dozen professional medical and advocacy groups — including the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Medical Association, and American Psychiatric Association — have joined the bandwagon. The effort has led several state boards — including Ohio and North Carolina — to revise questions.
Now, because of the pandemic, legislators recently introduced two bipartisan bills to improve access to provider mental health. One, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, named after a New York physician who died by suicide during the pandemic, aims to expand mental health training programs and launch a national campaign to encourage clinicians to get support and treatment.
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