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Gun Sellers Join Forces To Curb Suicide-By-Firearm, Rampant In Rural Areas
Aug 18, 2017 - Details the results of a new study that found that although suicide rates are higher in rural areas, there is no significant difference between urban and rural suicide rates in Maryland when gun-related suicides are excluded. Also highlights efforts in New Hampshire to work with gun retailers to reduce gun-related suicides by providing education to retailers on some of the signs that a person may be shopping for a gun with suicide in mind and providing consumers with prevention advice cards and pamphlets that recommend storing firearms off-site if the consumer lives with someone who is at risk.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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New Behavioral Health Barometers Provide In-Depth Data for All 50 States and DC
Aug 10, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the fourth edition of its Behavioral Health Barometer state reports. These reports include data on key behavioral health issues and include analyses using several demographic categories including gender, age, income level, health insurance status, and race/ethnicity.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Substance Use Disorders: A Foundation Sees New Opportunities And Continuing Challenges
Aug 9, 2017 - Throughout Montana, mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders (SUDs) are continual problems. One organization, the Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF), is working to improve health outcomes by supporting innovative SUD service delivery models and focusing on targeted grant making. MHCF hopes to strengthen Montana's overall behavioral health provider network, which includes Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other rural facilities.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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HHS: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 31, 2017 - Notice of the combined meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) four national advisory councils: the SAMHSA National Advisory Council (NAC), the Center for Mental Health Services NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment NAC; and the two SAMHSA advisory committees: the Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS), and the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC). The meeting is open to the public, may be accessed via telephone, web conference, or in person, and will be held at SAMHSA's Rockville, Maryland office on August 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Online pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 24, 2017 - As part of the evaluation process for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to collect information to help inform the annual report to Congress and address research related questions. The CCBHC demonstration is designed to more fully integrate primary care and behavioral health services, ensure more consistent use of evidence-based practices, and assess the quality of care provided by CCBHCs. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by August 23, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Center for Mental Health Services; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 21, 2017 - Meeting announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC will convene in both open and closed sessions on August 10, 2017, and continue the open session on August 11, 2017. Agenda topics for the open portion of the meeting include a discussion on CMHS' policy issues, co-occurring mental illness and opioid addiction, faith-based approaches, and more. The meeting may be attended in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Reveals New Reports on the State of Quality Assurance Practices in the Behavioral Health Workforce
Jul 12, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released two new reports on quality assurance practices related to the behavioral health workforce. These reports, Behavioral Health Workforce: Quality Assurance Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities and Behavioral Health Workforce: Quality Assurance Practices in Mental Health Treatment Facilities, focus on practices like continuing education for staff, case reviews with supervisors, and case review by appointed quality review committees.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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HHS Announces the Availability of $195 Million to Expand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services at Health Centers Nationwide
Jun 26, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new funding opportunity for community health centers to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services. $195 million is available in funding to help health centers increase the number of personnel dedicated to mental health and substance abuse services and to use health information technology and training to support the expansion and integration of mental health and substance abuse services into primary care. Additionally, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is making $3 million available to expand opioid-related healthcare services in rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Patients With Mental Disorders Get Half Of All Opioid Prescriptions
Jun 26, 2017 - According to a new study, more than 50% of the 115 million annual opioid prescriptions in the U.S. go to adults with a mental illness, despite the fact that people with mental health disorders account for only 16% of the the population. There is concern that although opioids are prescribed for physical pain, they may temporarily alleviate mental health concerns as well, leading to long-term use and the risk of dependency among an already vulnerable population.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Last Updated: 8/18/2017