August 9, 2021

"Reimagining Mental Health Care" - Dr. Vikram Patel Joins the Care Transitions Today Podcast for a Special Bonus Episode

Is care coordination the missing piece to combatting the mental health crisis? A top mental health expert joins the podcast dedicated to successful care coordination to review how intertwined these subjects are, or should, be.

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The United States has devoted more resources, attention and industry professionals to positively impact mental health in America, including suicide and substance abuse mortality rates. Despite this increased attention, mental health metrics in the US have increased in the last 20 years, especially with youth and minorities. What’s broken and why is it broken? While the pandemic has had a noticeable impact, research shows that mental health in the US was declining before COVID-19 due to various factors, including dialogue about its implications.

Dr. Vikram Patel, MBBS, Ph.D. and Harvard professor, joins the Care Transitions Today podcast to discuss reimagining mental health care. Joined by host and longtime healthcare leader Deb McElroy, hear Dr. Patel explain the mental health care implications of the pandemic, review innovative approaches to enhance access to quality care and examine how these approaches can be scaled to reduce mental health disparities. To listen to this episode, visit or search “Care Transitions Today” on any podcast platform.

Dr. Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. Over the past two decades, he has focused on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries. He is also a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on WHO expert and Government of India committees. Dr. Patel is the co-founder of Sangath, a local NGO dedicated to mental health and wellbeing. He has led efforts to set up the Movement for Global Mental Health, a network that supports mental health care as a fundamental human right.

About Care Transitions Today

Care Transitions Today is a biweekly podcast created by the American Case Management Association (ACMA), currently in its second season. The podcast is hosted by Deb McElroy and is dedicated to discussing topics related to all things case management and transitions of care with experts from across the country. Deb brings her extensive experience in the public health sector to embrace frank conversations and share experiences, wisdom and expertise to help health care professionals respond and adapt to today’s health care environment.

About the American Case Management Association  

The American Case Management Association (ACMA) is a professional membership organization for nurses, social workers, physician leaders and other health care professionals in case management and transitions of care practice. Founded in 1999, ACMA is comprised of more than 8,000 members nationwide, making it the largest non-profit professional membership association for case management and transition of care (TOC) professionals. ACMA provides resources, solutions and support to over 40,000 educational subscribers. For more information, visit

Write up written by Jon Vickers
American Case Management Association

July 28, 2021