Yale Psychiatry Mental Health Services/Policy Discussion Group

Mission and Goals

The hope is to become better informed about how individual clinicians can become patient advocates, not only in the immediate clinical setting, but on a larger, system-wide setting. The primary goal of this group is to identify some of the potential challenges seen in the current healthcare system and to discuss solutions within the context of mental health policy and services. In doing so, we plan to use different meeting formats, including debates, current event discussions, case study presentations, and individual/panel speakers. The discussion group will provide a safe forum to think about and talk about different vantage points within the complex healthcare ecosystem. We hope to also invite participants from other health-related fields of psychology, primary care, public health, public policy, law, etc.

The goals of the Yale Psychiatry Mental Health Services/Policy Discussion Group are:

  • Provide an opportunity for peer reflection and gather information about a wide variety of topics in order to mutually learn about how policies and healthcare systems can impact psychiatric practice on a regular basis
  • Postulate about the inefficiencies and benefits within various existing clinical settings in order to synthesize ideas for more effective projects and programs
  • Develop working groups to address and expand key themes that are identified
  • Identify topic areas in social psychiatry and public health that are useful/practical for residents and other stakeholders to learn about, with the hopes of developing a generalizable curriculum around these themes


Leadership of the Yale Psychiatry Mental Health Services/Policy Discussion Group :

Discussion Topics

2014-15 Series

  • Larry Davidson: General overview of the state of community mental health with some touches of policy sprinkled in and innovative programs
  • Madelon Baranoski: Violence and mental health, with epidemiological focus on community programs and forensics strategies discussed
  • Vinod Srihari: STEP clinic and implications; discussed MINDMAP project and advertising campaign for early diagnosis of psychosis
  • Michael Rowe: Current national and state-level policies with implications for mental health
  • Steve Merz: VP of behavioral health at YNHH; discussed mental health services on the front lines
  • Richard Schottenfeld: Historical and current perspectives in substance abuse treatment/policy

2015-16 Series

  • David Rosenthal: Integration of Mental Health and Primary Care: Challenges and Successes
  • Doreen Del Bianco: legislative program manager at DMHAS; led a workshop to teach participants about how to do active advocacy on a state-level (getting a mental health initiative on a legislative agenda)
  • Laurie Harkness: director of the Errera Center; discussion on how to successfully implement programs in a large VA bureaucracy – narratives about strategic partnerships