Research Category: Behavioral Health Care

Budget Basics: Mental Health

February 1, 2017

Mental health services are funded through Missouri’s Department of Mental Health (DMH), which plays a critical role in providing access to mental health care for 170,000 adults and children in Missouri who struggle with serious mental illness, substance abuse, or developmental disabilities. The majority of treatment is provided through a...

Budget Basics: Child Welfare

Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been...

Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Wyandotte County, Kansas, Adults

May 1, 2016

Researchers have demonstrated a link between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction and health status later in life. This may be explained in part by a toxic physiological stress response, such as elevated stress hormone levels, to multiple stressors, which may have damaging effects on a...

Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Behavioral Health

March 28, 2016

Across the country, state and local officials are increasingly focused on improving health outcomes for people living with mental illness or substance use disorders. This brief analyzes national data on behavioral health and reviews published research focused on how Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act advances the goal of...

The Environmental Approach to Preventing Substance Abuse

November 7, 2015

This report describes the results, findings and lessons learned from RWJF-supported efforts that used environmental approaches to preventing substance abuse, especially by youth.

The Behavioral Approach to Preventing Substance Abuse

Between 1989 and 2006 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) invested more than $400 million in efforts to prevent substance abuse (including underage drinking). That work explored two basic approaches—behavioral, which focuses on individuals’ behavior—and environmental, which focuses on communities and attempts to change the environment that supports substance abuse....

HCFGKC 10 Year Report

September 15, 2015

As HCF completes its first decade of grantmaking, we have looked back across the health care landscape to better understand the accomplishments and obstacles surrounding care to the uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City region. Our objective is to learn from, and reflect upon, past experience, in order to...

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Best Practices Literature Review

June 1, 2015

Domestic violence is pervasive and cuts across race, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic regions. Mental health and domestic violence services often cross because those who have experienced interpersonal violence, especially over prolonged periods of time, are at risk to develop mental distress. Women being abused by a partner...

Community Conversation on Health Summary Report

October 11, 2014

On October 11, 2014, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) and the United Way of Greater Kansas City partnered to sponsor the “Community Conversation on Health”. Asked to attend were people in the community most challenged by the current economic and health care system – the uninsured and underserved. The focus...

Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys in the U.S.

October 1, 2014

"We have this American myth of the lone cowboy on the prairie—the notion that men aren’t supposed to need anyone else. Of course, this is ridiculous." A report on the mental health and well-being of men and boys in the U.S. and opportunities to advance outcomes related to prevention, early...

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