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Draft Research Plan for Illicit and Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use in Children and Adolescents: Interventions
May 14, 2018 - U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is seeking public comment on a draft research plan to guide a review of evidence for interventions related to illicit and nonmedical prescription drug use in children and adolescents. All public comments should be done by June 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm Eastern.
Source: U.S. Preventative Services Task Force
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Improving Life Outcomes for Children with History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma
May 9, 2018 - Details the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI), which promotes treatment and support for children, youth, and young adults who experience serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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FNS: Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines Federal Register
May 8, 2018 - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced its annual adjustments to the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced price meals and milk for the period running July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Guidelines are used by schools and other institutions to determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $23.4 Million for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program
May 7, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $23.4 million over the next five years to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 9 grantees through the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Asthma Rates Highest Among Poor, Minority Communities in Eastern N.C.
Apr 27, 2018 - Details a new study which found that the rate of asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits in North Carolina is highest in the rural eastern area of the state. The majority of asthma-related ED visits took place in rural counties, regardless of which region they were in. The greatest increases were in children between 5 and 9 years of age. Also touches on potential triggers like second-hand smoke, poor housing conditions, and the state's agricultural industry.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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How Rural Families Came to Rely on Head Start for Basic Child Care and so Much More
Apr 10, 2018 - Highlights the impact of Head Start in rural and tribal areas. Head Start allows parents to work, creating a positive economic impact in these communities. It also promotes healthy child development and may offer health screenings that children would not otherwise have access to.
Source: The Hechinger Report
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $210 Million for Project Aware State Education Agency Grants
Apr 9, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $210 million over the next five years through its Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency. These grants are intended to focus on partnerships and collaboration between state and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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IHS Announces New Program to Support Youth After Successful Substance Abuse Treatment
Apr 5, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) highlighting the launch of their new program to address the gap in services that occurs when youth are discharged upon successful completion of a Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) and return to their home community where necessary support systems may not exist. This program, the YRTC Aftercare Pilot Project, will develop promising practices to reduce alcohol and substance use relapse.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Apr 2, 2018 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will hold a public meeting on April 16-18, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Agenda items include Assessing and Mitigating the Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health Insurance Markets in Rural Areas, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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