The Biden administration should immediately adopt the Behavioral Health Learning Collaborative (BHLC) model to nationally stem the tide of pediatric mental health issues in the U.S., including depression and suicides. In a February letter sent to top Administration officials and congressional members, the BHLC of Pennsylvania and mdlogix called for a national public/private alliance to efficiently organize, disseminate best practices, and share research.
"Together, we can immediately launch a national model for improving the quality and coordination of mental health services. That will result in saving many lives," reads the letter. "Behavioral health prevention and treatment can be improved in every state with a BHLC by creating shared resources, procedures and vision about health care coordination. The program serves as a learning community to help overcome challenges in this time of COVID (e.g. moving to Telehealth)."
Since the letter was filed, discussions have taken place with representatives in the Department of U.S. Health and Human Services and U.S. Senate, with other federal agency meetings in development.