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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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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 18, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; making health services research relevant to the C-Suite; and AHRQ's opioids efforts.
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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Partnering to Bring Hope to Rural Communities in Crisis
Jul 9, 2018 - Discussion of takeaways from the recent rural opioid misuse roundtables by Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development (RD) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who traveled to a number of states to facilitate these conversations. Includes impacts of the opioid epidemic as well as resources to help rural communities address the crisis.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On Balancing Access to Appropriate Treatment for Patients with Chronic and End-of-life Pain with Need to Take Steps to Stem Misuse and Abuse of Opioids
Jul 9, 2018 - Statement from Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discusses the difficulty of balancing the needs of patients with chronic pain or coping with pain at the end of life with efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Includes steps the FDA is taking to strike that balance.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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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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NIH: Request for Information on the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach To Address the Opioid Crisis Federal Register
Jun 29, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking input on a multi-state national research effort to develop and test approaches for the systemic implementation and sustainability of integrated, evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of OUD and related infectious diseases, increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT), increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services. Comments must be received by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meetings Federal Register
Jun 28, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce the following meeting schedules: 1) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) on July 22-23, 2018, 2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) on July 23 and July 25, 2018, and 3) Joint Tribal Advisory Committee (JTAC) on July 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Opioid Epidemic May Be Worse Than It Appears, Pitt Study Finds Fatalities Vastly Underreported
Jun 27, 2018 - A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health found that opioid-related overdose deaths are being underreported and that potentially 70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths were not included in national estimates between 1999 and 2015. This can be worse in rural areas where county coroners may not be as well funded.
Source: WESA 90.5
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