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    Suicide Rates On The Rise In U.S., Especially In Rural Areas — CDC
    Mar 18, 2017 - Details the findings of a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on suicide in the U.S. from 1999 to 2015. This report found that people in rural communities, especially white and Native Americans, have the highest rates of suicide.
    Source: Vocativ
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    SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $142.9 Million for the Targeted Capacity Expansion-HIV Program: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS
    Mar 14, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that it will be accepting applications for a program to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minorities with substance use disorders who are at risk for HIV or are HIV positive and receiving HIV services/treatment. This program, the Targeted Capacity Expansion-HIV Program: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS, will fund up to 57 grantees with up to $142.9 million over five years.
    Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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    Mental Health Issues for Farmers and Their Families Often Remain Hidden
    Mar 10, 2017 - Details the obstacles faced by many farmers in receiving mental healthcare despite the fact that their need is significant. Farmers have a higher suicide rate than veterans and any of the standard occupational classification groups studied by the CDC. Yet many rural areas have few, if any, behavioral health providers, and many do not specialize in working with farm and ranch families.
    Source: Lancaster Farming
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    VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With Other-Than-Honorable Discharges and in Crisis
    Mar 8, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced he will be creating a plan to expand mental health services to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges. This change is in response to the fact that the rate of death by suicide among veterans who do not use VA care is increasing at a greater rate than veterans who do use VA care.
    Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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    IHS Announces Pilot Program for Child Trauma-Informed Integrated Care
    Mar 7, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced a year-long pilot project to integrate trauma-informed care at IHS and tribal facilities. Ten IHS and tribally-run sites have been selected in Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Michigan, and Nevada. IHS is collaborating with the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Care's Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC) which works to improve the quality and accessibility of child trauma services in Native communities.
    Source: Indian Health Service
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    IHS Announces Three Additional Native Youth Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Awards
    Mar 7, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced three additional projects in their Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative in the Navajo and Phoenix IHS Areas. This initiative works to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavioral and substance abuse in Native American youth up to age 24.
    Source: Indian Health Service
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    Tele-Behavioral Health Care Reaches Rural Residents
    Mar 6, 2017 - Highlights the efforts of the Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition to bring behavioral health to rural areas in Minnesota using telemedicine. This coalition, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health Services and Minnesota IT, serves 7 counties, 3 tribes, community-based mental health providers, crisis response providers, medical providers, jails and schools in rural Minnesota.
    Source: National Association of Counties
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    SAMHSA Is Seeking Applications for up to $47.5 Million in Grants to Help People Experiencing Homelessness
    Mar 3, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) for FY 2017. This program, which will fund up to 24 grantees for up to five years, will provide up to $47.5 million to support the development and/or expansion of community infrastructures that provide behavioral health, substance abuse, housing, and other services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
    Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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    Guarding our Military’s Behavioral Health
    Feb 8, 2017 - Blog post from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on their partnership on the National Guard's Guard Your Health readiness campaign which provides behavioral health resources to current service members and veterans. Because of increased stress often faced by service members as well as increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury, service members experience high rates of substance abuse and suicide.
    Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Blog
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    In Motherhood, a Chance to Break the Cycle of Addiction
    Jan 30, 2017 - Focuses on a rural town in New Mexico with consistently high rates of opioid addiction to discuss both the opioid epidemic and the impact of childhood trauma on the way the brain functions, contributing to a cycle of addiction. Also highlights the serious lack of resources faced by this rural town, despite its great need.
    Source: KUNM
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    Good Outcomes with 'Telepsychiatry' in Medical Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
    Jan 25, 2017 - Details a study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine that found that people receiving medication-assisted treatment using telepsychiatry has similar clinical outcomes to people who received the same treatment in-person.
    Source: EurekAlert!
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    1.5 Million Adults Experiencing Serious Mental Illness Misused Opioids in the past Year
    Jan 24, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a report revealing that approximately 1.5 million adults with serious mental illnesses had misused an opioid in 2015. This number accounts for about 13% of adults who misused opioids.
    Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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    Last Updated: 3/20/2017