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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) on August 2, 2018. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; updates from the Department of Health and Human Services' Operating Divisions; updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion.
Source: Federal Register
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‘Recovery Is Possible — and We’re Examples of It’
Jul 10, 2018 - Discusses behavioral health peer support specialists in Montana, where the professional was formalized last year. Peer supporters are people who have dealt with addiction or mental illness in the past and who, with professional training, help others work through their present struggles with these issues. Touches on a project called Never Alone that was developed in a rural town in the state to provide a drop-in center with recovery groups in the evenings during the week and social activities on the weekends.
Source: High Country News
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Montana Is Losing Essential Mental Health Services
Jul 9, 2018 - Highlights the barriers to accessing mental and behavioral healthcare in Montana. Also touches on the history of mental healthcare in the state and on efforts to overcome those barriers. Montana spent $241 per capita on state mental health programs in 2015 and was ranked 29th in the nation. By contrast, neighboring North Dakota only spent $94 per capita and was ranked 15th.
Source: High Country News
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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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Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas Federal Register
Jul 2, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the HPSA Find website and are current as of May 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority Federal Register
Jul 2, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces changes and reorganization to reflect new functional statements for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Also creates the new National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory.
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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Rural Areas Have The Highest Suicide Rates And Fewest Mental Health Workers
Jun 18, 2018 - Details the great need for mental health professionals in rural areas of the county, with a particular focus on Nebraska. 65% of non-metropolitan counties do not have a psychiatrist, and almost half of those don't have a psychologist either. Touches on efforts to recruit providers to rural areas.
Source: The Huffington Post
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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report
Jun 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released it's most recent analysis of veteran suicide data. The report, the VA National Suicide Data Report 2005-2015, found that suicide rates are increasing for veterans, but that this rate is increasing faster among veterans who have not recently accessed healthcare through the Veterans Health Administration.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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