HCM Strategists Releases New Policy Brief Addressing the Shortage of Mental Health Services on College CampusesBy Mac Walker -
HCM Strategists Releases New Policy Brief Addressing the Shortage of Mental Health Services on College Campuses
This is the First Installment in HCM’s New Health Policy Brief Series
Washington, D.C. – HCM Strategists, one of the nation’s leading healthcare advocacy, policy and engagement firms, today released a new in-depth policy brief addressing the shortage of mental health services on college campuses. This brief seeks to identify the major factors impacting the supply and demand framework around mental health services on campuses. As college students are returning to school for the spring semester, HCM is working to highlight the high demand for mental health services among postsecondary students in the United States and address the prevalence of mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders.
This brief is authored by HCM health innovation team associate Amanda McMahon and intern Jessica Bonilla. It is the first brief to be released as part of the HCM health innovation team’s new initiative to address health policy issues. Continuing throughout the rest of the year, HCM will publish a series of policy briefs with a particular focus on health-related issues.
“While efforts are being made by many colleges and universities to address the high demand for mental health services on college campuses, there are still students suffering from mental health conditions who are waiting weeks to visit a counselor or who are going without services altogether,” write Amanda McMahon and Jessica Bonilla. “There is no singular solution to the multifaceted challenges students face in accessing mental health services.”
“HCM is dedicated to improving the lives of patients and students and our new policy brief series will highlight important issues that our dedicated staff is constantly focused on,” said Michael Manganiello, founding partner at HCM. “I am thrilled to showcase our firm’s expertise in addressing health policy that impacts so many lives, and I look forward to our continued work on this series.”
Amanda McMahon is an associate with HCM’s health innovation team. In this role, Amanda assists the team with regular reports and meetings for HCM health clients. Additionally, she attends Capitol Hill meetings and briefings on a number of health-related issues.
Jessica Bonilla is an intern for the health innovation team. Most recently, she worked as a Government Relations Intern at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Jessica received her Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.