Joint Commission Statement on Removing Barriers to Mental Health Care for Clinicians and Health Care Staff

May 14, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for the Workforce, For the Workforce, Health and Wellness

Last modified May 15, 2020

Our health care workforce is currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has placed an enormous amount of stress and strains on this workforce. The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, has released a statement calling for the removal of any barriers that keep clinicians and health care staff from accessing mental health services. Importantly, this includes eliminating policies that reinforce stigma and fear about the professional consequences of seeking mental health treatment.

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