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News stories from the past 60 days.

'Katrina Brain': The Invisible Long-Term Toll of Megastorms
Oct 12, 2017 - Highlights the long-term psychological impacts experienced by people who have been through a hurricane or other catastrophic natural disaster and how this increases the need for behavioral health in the areas affected. Also touches on secondary trauma, where people who merely observe the event from afar experience psychological effects from witnessing the devastation and human suffering.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Americans in Rural Areas More Likely to Die by Suicide
Oct 5, 2017 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which found that from 2001-2015, rural counties consistently had higher rates of suicide than metropolitan counties. Additionally, it found that suicide rates in rural counties were highest among American Indian/Alaska Native Non-Hispanics and that suicide rates were 4 to 5 times higher for males than for females across metropolitan and rural areas.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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IHS Awards $16.5 Million in Grants to Support Behavioral Health Programs
Oct 4, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded $16.5 million in grants through four behavioral health programs: the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP) program, the Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DVPP), the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I), and the Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths (PARD) program. These grants aim to address critical behavioral health needs for American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Findings from NSDUH Reveal That Only a Subset of Individuals Receive Services for Substance Use and Mental Health Issues
Sep 21, 2017 - A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Receipt of Services for Substance Use and Mental Health Issues among Adults: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, found that only 10.8% of the 19.9 million adults that needed substance use treatment in the past year received treatment at a specialty facility. It also found that 43.1% of the 44.7 million adults with any mental illness and 64.8% of the 10.4 million adults with serious mental illness received mental health services.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Suicide: Focus on Prevention of Rural Suicides
Sep 21, 2017 - Opinion piece discussing suicide rates in rural areas and contributing factors like geographic distance, social isolation, limited access, stigmas attached to using behavioral health services, access to firearms, and overall health issues. Also includes tools and resources to address suicide prevention in rural communities.
Source: RAC monitor
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VA Releases Veteran Suicide Statistics by State
Sep 15, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of veteran suicide data in their State Data report. They found that the risk for suicide is 22% higher for veterans than for non-veteran adults, that 65% of veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older, and that the highest rates of suicide are in Western states and in states with smaller populations.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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HRSA Awards $200 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Tackle Mental Health and Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis
Sep 14, 2017 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it is awarding more than $200 million to 1,179 health centers and 13 rural health organizations to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. This money will be distributed to every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. 496 of the health centers receiving these awards are located in rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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National Survey Reveals the Scope of Behavioral Health Across the Nation
Sep 7, 2017 - Details the results of the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2016, there were 11.8 million people aged 12 and older who misused opioids in the past year. 11.5 million of those were misusing pain relievers rather than heroin, despite higher rates of people with heroin misuse disorder receiving treatment at a specialty facility. Even so, less than a quarter of people with an opioid use disorder received treatment at a specialty facility in the last year. Additionally, the prevalence of serious mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation has increased among young adults in recent years.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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A Conversation with Don Kelso
Aug 29, 2017 - Radio interview with Don Kelso, the executive director of the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA). Discussion includes the general state of rural health in Indiana, telehealth, and the need for better behavioral health access in rural areas, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Last Updated: 10/13/2017