May 18, 2022 - Describes the lack of mental health providers in rural areas, with 75% of rural counties having no mental health providers. Notes that Texas has the highest number of counties without providers and that Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota have the highest percentage of counties with no providers. Highlights greater lack of access to mental healthcare for Native Americans, and discusses organizations working to provide mental health services to youth in mental healthcare deserts.
May 12, 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 June 14, 2022, from 12:30 - 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.
May 6, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeking comments on the extension of an information collection used to determine public participation in the Special Milk Program for Children. Comments are due by July 5, 2022.
May 3, 2022 - Announces just under $25 million in funding for school-based health services that offer primary care services in underserved communities. Describes the need for increased access to physical and mental healthcare for youth and families, and offers a list of funding recipients.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 28, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services; 2) Income and Eligibility Verification System Reporting and Supporting Regulations; 3) Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) for Individuals Under Age 21 and Supporting Regulations; and 4) Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II. Comments are due by May 31, 2022.
Apr 20, 2022 - Announces a new pediatric residency program in Idaho as a response to the state's limited number of pediatricians relative to the population, noting that Idaho currently ranks 50th nationwide. Describes the goals of the program, including training providers to work in rural and under-served communities, and highlights the broader need for pediatric residency training in the Pacific Northwest.
Apr 18, 2022 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions include new questions on the timing of positive coronavirus tests, use of coronavirus treatments, the experience of long-COVID symptoms, monthly rent, children's mental health, and difficulty with self-care and communicating. The Census Bureau is also proposing modifications to questions related to the reasons for not receiving a vaccine booster dose, children's vaccinations, and telework. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Apr 15, 2022 - Interview with Dante Chinni of the American Communities Project (ACP) describing ACP's research into rural deaths of despair and teen suicide in aging rural counties, with a focus on Livingston, Montana. Discusses factors impacting rural suicide rates, including access to resources, gun ownership, and interventions to address trauma and bullying. Includes a short documentary discussing ACP's findings.
Apr 14, 2022 - Announces a call for papers for a special issue,
Safeguarding Youth from Agricultural Injury and Illness:
International Perspectives, in Frontiers in Public
Health. Research, review, commentary, or brief report
abstracts are due May 25, 2022, and manuscripts are due
August 29, 2022.