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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates; Correction Federal Register
Aug 10, 2018 - Correction to a July 19, 2018 Federal Register notice from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service related to maximum reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs.
Source: Federal Register
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The Number of Women with Opioid Use Disorder at Labor and Delivery Quadrupled from 1999-2014
Aug 9, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) which found that, in the 28 states with available data, the rates of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery have more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. Includes information on individual state rate increases as well as resources related to OUD during pregnancy.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Challenge of Finding Homes for Rural America’s Foster Children
Aug 3, 2018 - With a growing number of kids being placed into foster care due to the nationwide opioid epidemic, states like Arkansas are turning to religious and nonprofit organizations to help recruit and train more foster families.
Source: The Atlantic
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In a State Troubled by Suicide, Teens Learn Mental Health Skills
Jul 24, 2018 - Highlights high rates of teen suicide in Montana and the introduction of the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) program in 14 public high schools, ranging from very small to very large, including three in the pilot group that were majority Native American. According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 20.8% of Montana high school students had seriously considered suicide and 9.5% had attempted suicide in the 12 months prior to the survey. 18.3% of Native American students had attempted suicide in that time. Also touches on the high demand for mental healthcare professionals in the state and efforts to expand the program to the entire state.
Source: High Country News
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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the reimbursement rates for institutions participating in the Special Milk Program for Children. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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It’s 4 A.M. The Baby’s Coming. But the Hospital Is 100 Miles Away.
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to obstetric care in much of the rural areas of the county, focusing on a community in Missouri where the local hospital recently closed and many surrounding hospitals have closed their obstetrics units, making the distance to care significant. Also touches on the impact to a rural community when it loses a hospital and when it loses this specific kind of care. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include an assessment of SAMHSA's current strategies and a discussion on American Indian/Native American women with behavioral health needs. Additionally, the ACWS will speak with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use regarding access to behavioral health services for women and children.
Source: Federal Register
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HUD Awards $43 Million to Help End Youth Homelessness
Jul 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $43 million through it's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to help end youth homelessness, including 5 rural areas. These include Northwest Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington state.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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SAMHSA: Center for Mental Health Services; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces a meeting of the Center For Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (NAC) to be held on August 1, 2018. Items for discussion include the Center's policy issues, updates on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, presentations on suicide prevent, school mental health and child trauma, and a conversation with the Assistance Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Children Often Go Without Critical Mental Health Treatment
Jun 24, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to mental healthcare for children in Mississippi, where more than 62% of youth who suffer a major depressive episode don't get professional help. Although funding is a major barrier, the fact that 44% of the state's children live in rural areas can make it hard to connect children with services. Also touches on some efforts and programs that are improving children's access to mental health care.
Source: The Hechinger Report
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