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Sep 7, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Annual Notice of Change and Evidence of Coverage for Applicable Integrated Plans in States that Require Integrated Materials; 2) Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN); and 3) Medical Necessity and Contract Amendments Under Mental Health Parity. Comments are due November 7, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 1, 2022 - Features a new initiative through the Indiana University School of Social Work and the Center for Rural Engagement to provide free, confidential telehealth services for stress, depression, anxiety to several rural Indiana counties, as well as resources for food, clothing, housing, and healthcare. Describes the program's partnerships with local libraries and the need for mental health services in rural areas of the state.
Source: News at IU Bloomington
Aug 31, 2022 - Announces $79.1 million in overdose prevention grant funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Offers an overview of the grant programs that awarded the funding, including the Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training Grants, the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs, and Medication-Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 31, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comments on how its programs, technical assistance and training, and other resources can best address the behavioral health impacts of climate change and associated health equity considerations. SAMHSA specifically seeks input on suggested priorities, resources, partners and collaborating agencies and organizations. Comments are due by October 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes the efforts of a needle exchange program in Elko, Nevada, which uses a model developed in urban cities to offer harm reduction services in the rural community. Notes the impact of needle exchanges in curbing HIV outbreaks and the strong relationship between harm reduction services and recipients' likelihood of seeking treatment.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes initiatives focusing on mental health helplines for farmers and rural communities, including the AgriStress Helpline for Farmers and Ranchers through AgriSafe and 988, the new federal crisis number. Highlights the challenges that farmers and ranchers face and the experiences of one Wyoming farmer. May require a subscription to view the full article.
Source: High Country News
Aug 24, 2022 - Perspective piece describing the daily work of a harm reduction provider in a rural Alabama community. Discusses the challenges of providing services with limited resources and in compliance with state law, and the testing, needle disposal, and general services offered through harm reduction.
Source: Today
Aug 24, 2022 - Highlights the efforts of a veteran from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to improve access for his fellow Native American veterans through the VA. Describes his challenges obtaining care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his work providing outreach and transportation for veterans in his community.
Source: MPR News
Aug 24, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on September 6, 2022, from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children, and directions around behavioral health services and access for women and children. Registration is required to attend.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 23, 2022 - Presents the findings of a study of access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction in Georgia, noting that 4 out of the 5 counties with the highest overdose rates require greater than a 15-minute drive to access a methadone clinic. Highlights overdose statistics in the state and describes challenges to make daily treatments sustainable for rural and low-income patients.
Source: UGA Today