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News by Topic: Substance use and misuse

Aug 7, 2022 - Features the Rural New England Health Study, a program that delivers hepatitis C care to rural areas in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to people who inject drugs through a van equipped to offer medical care, blood testing, and syringe services. Describes the development of the program, its aims to demonstrate mobile drug treatment effectiveness, and the health impacts of hepatitis C.
Source: Burlington Free Press
Jul 29, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 4) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 5) updates to certain Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment policies; 6) updates to conditions of payment for DMEPOS suppliers; 7) coding and payment for wound care management product; and 8) requirements for electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan. Includes rural references throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 6, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 26, 2022 - Announces $8.5 million in funding to address rural maternal health and mortality disparities and maternal health disparities for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women by increasing access to postpartum care. Outlines 3 new funding opportunities aiming to support maternal health interventions and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment during pregnancy and postpartum periods.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 21, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Aftercare Programs. The purpose of this program is to help American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth pursue and sustain safety, sobriety, and employability after release from a YRTC. Applications are due by September 19, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 11, 2022 - The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC). Specific areas of expertise being sought include injury, violence, and drug overdose prevention. Nominations are due by September 1, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 6, 2022 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 8, 2022, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include the discussion of substance abuse prevention priorities and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 5, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 10, 2022, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates on SAMHSA priorities, follow up on topics from the previous meeting, updates on SAMHSA priorities, and other council discussions. Registration is required to attend the meeting and those interested in making oral presentations must contact Carlos Castillo with the request by July 24, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 30, 2022, from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include an update on CSAT activities and a discussion on the behavioral health workforce. Registration for the meeting is required.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2022 - Announces $10 million in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Notes the sharp increase in fentanyl and other opioid overdoses in rural and urban areas, and offers an overview of federal responses to the issue.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services