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Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care to Address American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Mental Health Disparities
Oct 17, 2018 - Blog post from the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities on the mental health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people as well as the importance of culturally competent assessment and care. Discusses mental health disparities, historical trauma, and discrimination.
Source: National Partnership for Action Blog
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Avera Receives Helmsley Grant to Extend Behavioral Health Telemedicine
Oct 10, 2018 - Avera Health, with funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is adding behavioral health services to the list of telemedicine applications available through Avera eCARE in an effort to increase access to mental health services in rural areas. The virtual behavioral health team will first focus on providing services for people in crisis presenting at emergency departments and lend off-hours response support for inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Mobile support will also be provided to first responders dealing with individuals experiencing a crisis in order to get them care quickly.
Source: Avera eCARE
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As I Quickly Learned, California’s North Coast Is a Tough Place to Find Mental Health Help
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post detailing the struggles to find mental health services in rural Mendocino County, California, written from the perspective of a writer who moved to the area and wrote a series of articles for the local paper on the issue.
Source: Center for Health Journalism
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Panel Studies Ways to Reduce Suicide Among Oklahoma Veterans
Oct 5, 2018 - The Oklahoma Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee met to discuss veteran suicide in Oklahoma. 21% of suicides in the state are veterans. Of Oklahoma veterans who have committed suicide, 80% were diagnosed with depression and 16% were diagnosed with PTSD. One of the issues identified was access related to veterans having to drive long distances for care.
Source: Owasso Reporter
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VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response
Sep 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving to add naloxone to AED cabinets in its buildings across the country to provide quick access to the opioid overdose reversal medication. Veterans are nearly twice as likely to overdose. Although there is not a conclusive explanation for this discrepancy, it can be partially explained by combat exposure which can increase their mental health needs as well as cause injuries that would make them more likely to have been prescribed opioids.
Source: NPR
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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016
Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, which includes both national and state-level data from 2005 to 2016. Although the overall rate of veteran suicide decreased from 2015 to 2016, the rates among 18-34 year olds continues to rise. The rates of suicide are highest among this group.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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VA: Definition of Domiciliary Care Federal Register
Sep 25, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amending the agency's definition of domiciliary care. This revised definition encompasses the VA's Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) and clarifies that domiciliary care provides temporary, not permanent, residence to affected veterans. The rule is effective on October 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Death Rates Up for 5 of the 12 Leading Causes of Death
Sep 20, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics released an annual report on the health of the nation, Health, United States, 2017. Included in this report is an in-depth special feature on mortality in America, closely examining drug overdoses, suicides, and chronic liver disease because they have contributed to life expectancy drops in recent years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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SAMHSA’s Annual Mental Health, Substance Use Data Provide Roadmap for Future Action
Sep 17, 2018 - Announces the release of the 2017 data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Detailed Tables include mental health and substance abuse data by Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCCs).
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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HHS: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health Federal Register
Sep 14, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH), which will be held via conference call on October 16, 2018. Agenda items include finalizing recommendations for innovative systems of care, barriers to effective data collection, and primary prevention related serious mental illness, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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