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News stories from the past 60 days.

Jan 16, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requiring covered 988 service providers and cable, satellite, wireless, wireline, and interconnected voice over internet protocol (VoIP) providers to report outages that potentially affect the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in the Commission's Network Outage Reporting System (NORS). Among other things, this rule also requires these entities to directly notify Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the 988 Lifeline administrator about outages that potentially affect a 988 special facility, and exercise special diligence to maintain accurate, up-to-date contact information for 988 special facilities. This rule is effective February 15, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 9, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Task Force on Maternal Mental Health seeking public comments on a set of questions concerning the context, policies, effectiveness, promising practices, and limitations and gaps related to prevention and treatment of maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders and its complications. The Task Force will evaluate and make recommendations to the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) for further deliberation regarding improvements and coordination for Federal activities that address maternal mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders. Comments are due by January 31, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 5, 2024 - Discusses a recent study analyzing the intersection of lack of mental healthcare access and high speed internet access in rural Georgia and the resulting health disparities. Highlights the use of telehealth for increasing mental healthcare access, particularly for students. Notes federal policies aiming to make high speed internet more affordable.
Source: GPB News, PBS, NPR
Jan 3, 2024 - Highlights a program addressing the lack of behavioral health and wrap-around services for those in or recently released from New Mexico jails, primarily in rural counties. Discusses the rise in substance abuse related arrests.

Last Updated: 1/16/2024