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COVID-19 pandemic continues to have impact on mental health needs

COVID-19 has led to increase in depression and substance abuse [shutterstock/eamesBot]
COVID-19 has led to increase in depression and substance abuse [shutterstock/eamesBot]

Today on the Sound of Ideas, another panel discussion organized by the United Way of Greater Cleveland, this time looking at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on how individuals access mental and behavioral health services.

A panel of experts from around the region will discuss COVID's impact on community mental health and substance use, service delivery opportunities and barriers.

They also discuss long-term program and policy strategies at the local and state levels to adequately address ongoing health needs.

Ideastream Public Media will present these ‘community conversations’ throughout the year, and while United Way’s conversations all focused on the Consent Decree in 2021, this year – we’ll hear about other issues, like racial equity, and voting rights.

The panel for this conversation on education included..

Lovell Custard, the President and CEO of Murtis Taylor Human Services System

Archie Green, Founder and CEO of Peel Dem Layers Back

Scott Osiecki, CEO of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

And Brittain Paul, COO of Ravenwood Health

Ideastream’s Manager for Health, Marlene Harris Taylor was the moderator for this month’s event.

Lovell Custard, the President and CEO, Murtis Taylor Human Services System

Archie Green, Founder and CEO, Peel Dem Layers Back

Scott Osiecki, CEO, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

Brittain Paul, COO, Ravenwood Health

Marlene Harris-Taylor, Manager of Health Content, Ideastream Public Media