Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse (MHSA) Action Plan

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Mental and emotional well being is essential to overall health.1 The best opportunities to improve the public's mental health are interventions delivered before a disorder manifests itself, to prevent its development. For the Institute of Medicine Intervention Spectrum and other information, read more

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Action Plan

Focus Area 1: Promote mental, emotional and behavioral (MEB) well-being in communities: The 2009 Institute of Medicine report concluded there is increasing evidence promotion of positive aspects of mental health is an important approach to reducing MEB disorders and related problems. It will serve as a foundation for both prevention and treatment of MEB disorders.

Focus Area 2: Prevent Substance Abuse and other Mental Emotional Behavioral Disorders: Substance abuse, depression and other MEB disorders hurt the health, public safety, welfare, education, and functioning of New York State residents. In addition to evidence substance abuse and other MEB disorders can be prevented, there is confirmation that early identification and adequate societal support can prevent and alleviate serious consequences such as death, poor functioning and chronic illness.

Focus Area 3: Strengthen Infrastructure across Systems: MEB health promotion and disorders prevention is a relatively new field, requiring a paradigm shift in approach and perspective. Meaningful data and information at the local level, training on quality improvement, evaluation and evidence-based approaches, and cross-disciplinary collaborations need to be strengthened.

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