May 31, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM) on June 14-15, 2022. Agenda items are being finalized but may include federal program updates; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Sudden Unexpected Infant Death; violence, incarceration, and substance abuse; cultural strength/resilience; American Indian/Alaskan Native maternal and infant health disparities; workforce and workforce development; and race concordant care.
May 31, 2022 - Describes the challenges facing rural foster parents in Kansas, including establishing care with a doctor, accessing child care, and other barriers to providing foster care. Describes partnerships among foster care agencies, rural community groups, and churches.
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.