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    SAMHSA: Request for Comment on the NSDUH Redesign Federal Register
    Apr 26, 2017 - Request for comments from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) regarding a proposed redesign of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Proposed changes will ensure that the NSDUH remains policy-relevant, and accurately captures data on substance abuse, substance use disorders, and mental health issues. Comments and/or suggestions must be submitted by June 26, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    Suicide and the Rural ER
    Apr 12, 2017 - Explores the lack of access to mental healthcare experienced in rural areas through the first hand experience of an emergency room doctor from rural Georgia. The expense of telepsychiatry and the lack of mental health providers in their rural area, compounded with the shortage of beds in state psychiatric hospitals and the expense of private care means that people in rural areas often go without the potentially life-saving care they need.
    Source: Politico
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    Health in the Heartland
    Apr 12, 2017 - Provides an overview of health concerns in rural areas including suicide, shorter life expectancy, reduced healthcare access, high rates of uninsured people, and closing rural hospitals. Includes several charts and graphics.
    Source: Politico
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    SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $110 Million in Grants Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care
    Mar 23, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for a program to promote integration and collaboration of primary and behavioral healthcare in clinical practices. The project, Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Grants, will fund up to $110 million over five years.
    Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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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 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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    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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    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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    Last Updated: 4/25/2017