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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of Funds for up to $16.8 Million for the Healthy Transitions Program
Mar 13, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders grant program. This program, which will fund four grantees with up to $1 million per year for up to five years, aims to improve access to treatment and support services for 16-25 year olds with serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illnesses.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Treating Depression in Colorado’s Farm Country
Mar 7, 2018 - Details the challenges faced by rural farmers and ranchers in Colorado, both in terms of mental health challenges from occupational stressors and in terms of limited access to care and the stigma related to seeking care. Also highlights efforts to address these issues, including crisis lines.
Source: The Colorado Trust
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The Stigma of Mental Illness in Small Towns
Feb 28, 2018 - Highlights the impact of stigma in reducing mental health access in rural areas. Rural patients are more likely to avoid seeking mental health services, not only because they don't think they should need them, but because the lack of anonymity in small towns often means that they would not be able to keep it a secret. Also touches on the specific needs of older adults, who are more likely to feel this stigma and who are less likely to have access to a provider who has specialized in the specific needs of the elderly.
Source: Next Avenue
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Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide for People of Color Rise Dramatically, Although Still Below the Rates of White Americans
Feb 22, 2018 - Details the results of an analysis by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Well Being Trust (WBT) which found that although deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide among people of color are still below the rates of their white counterparts, there were disproportionately large increases in these deaths from 2015 to 2016 among racial and ethnic minority groups.
Source: Trust for America's Health
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California’s Mental Health Physician Shortage Is Bad, And Getting Worse, Study Finds
Feb 16, 2018 - Highlights the high demand for mental health providers in California, including information from a recent report that found that rural areas of the state have especially high need for mental health professionals and that this problem is likely to worsen over time.
Source: capital public radio
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VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Vets with PTSD
Feb 15, 2018 - Details a pilot telehealth program created by the VHA Office of Rural Health and the VHA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative that will allow veterans to access psychotherapy and related services at their local clinics via telehealth. This program, Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), also seeks to reduce the stigma faced by veterans by providing mental health services in a primary care setting.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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A Mental Health Funder Shifts Focus from Illness to Wellness in a Look Upstream
Feb 14, 2018 - The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health announced it would be offering grants for community-based projects in rural Texas addressing the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor mental health over time.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
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CFO Grant Program Addresses Health Issues In Rural Ozarks
Feb 13, 2018 - Details the efforts of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative (ROHI), a partnership between the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Missouri Foundation For Health. ROHI is a 3 year grant program that offers funding for rural communities to address physical and mental health issues.
Source: KSMU Ozarks Public Radio
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Suicide Rate Highest in Decades But Worst in Rural America
Feb 7, 2018 - Highlights the increasing gap between rural and urban suicide rates, touching on some of the potential contributing factors as well as what states with high suicide rates have been doing to address it. The aggregate suicide rate for non-metropolitan counties jumped 14% over a five year period.
Source: Governing
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Feb 5, 2018 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a combined meeting of the four National Advisory Councils and the two Advisory Committees. The meeting will include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from center and office directors, a presentation on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee's (ISMICC) report to Congress, a presentation on SAMHSA's role in recent behavioral health responses to disasters, and a council discussion. Scheduled for February 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. Eastern, the meeting is open to the public and may be attended via telephone, web conference, or in person.
Source: Federal Register
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