The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation Sept. 20 recognized 25 state medical boards for changing invasive and stigmatizing mental health questions in their licensing applications, a 47% increase from last year, and 12 health systems (including 75 hospitals and 59 urgent care centers) for making these changes to credentialing applications.

In a recent AHA blog post, AHA’s chief nursing officer and chief physician executive encourage hospitals and health systems to ensure that the questions asked on licensing, credentialing and other applications don’t perpetuate stigma or deter team members from seeking behavioral health services when needed.

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