Federal Grant to Address Behavioral Health During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state ’s behavioral health response to theCOVID-19 pandemic, including services for people of all ages with mental health and substance use challenges and health care workers. “While our primary focus during the COVID-19 pandemic has been on the physical well-being of our residents, we cannot...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Poison Center and Health Agency Issue Warning about Certain Hand Sanitizers
As the use of hand sanitizers has increased during theCOVID 19 pandemic, so has the number of calls to poison centers related to possible toxic alcohol exposures. More hand sanitizer is being produced, either at home or in other countries, and it can contain a variety of chemicals and alcohols that can be dangerous, if not deadly. There has been a dramatic increase in hand sanitizer products, labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Health Agency Finds Behavioral Health Challenges are Compounded by COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted the health and safety of Wisconsinites in many ways, and the stress stemming from the pandemic and the uncertainty it has caused can prove extremely difficult for individuals, especially residents of Wisconsin who struggle with substance use disorder or another underlying behavioral health condition. “We know that challenges like fear of COVID-19, financial pressures, and isolation are the kinds of stressors that exacerbate behavioral health and substance use disorders and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 22, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Accepting Applications to Pilot New Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorders
The Department of Health Services is inviting interested organizations to apply to pilot anew hub and spoke model intended to help Wisconsin Medicaid members with not only substance use disorders but also other physical and behavioral health issues that challenge their efforts in recovery. In this model, an organization takes the lead as a “hub” on the care of the Wisconsinites in their program, ensuring that substance use disorder treatment and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 6, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Urges Residents to Stay Home Ahead of July 4th Weekend
The Department of Health Services urges Wisconsin residents to stay home and follow best public health practices during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in cases with half of all positive cases coming within the past five weeks. Nearly 20% of total COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have tested positive within the past two weeks. This spike in cases is driven in part by an increase in infections among younger people, and contact tracing by some local health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 1, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news