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News stories from the past 60 days.

SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) on August 2, 2018. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; updates from the Department of Health and Human Services' Operating Divisions; updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include an assessment of SAMHSA's current strategies and a discussion on American Indian/Native American women with behavioral health needs. Additionally, the ACWS will speak with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use regarding access to behavioral health services for women and children.
Source: Federal Register
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Partnering to Bring Hope to Rural Communities in Crisis
Jul 9, 2018 - Discussion of takeaways from the recent rural opioid misuse roundtables by Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development (RD) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who traveled to a number of states to facilitate these conversations. Includes impacts of the opioid epidemic as well as resources to help rural communities address the crisis.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On Balancing Access to Appropriate Treatment for Patients with Chronic and End-of-life Pain with Need to Take Steps to Stem Misuse and Abuse of Opioids
Jul 9, 2018 - Statement from Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discusses the difficulty of balancing the needs of patients with chronic pain or coping with pain at the end of life with efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Includes steps the FDA is taking to strike that balance.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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SAMHSA: Center for Mental Health Services; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces a meeting of the Center For Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (NAC) to be held on August 1, 2018. Items for discussion include the Center's policy issues, updates on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, presentations on suicide prevent, school mental health and child trauma, and a conversation with the Assistance Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.
Source: Federal Register
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NIH: Request for Information on the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach To Address the Opioid Crisis Federal Register
Jun 29, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking input on a multi-state national research effort to develop and test approaches for the systemic implementation and sustainability of integrated, evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of OUD and related infectious diseases, increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT), increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services. Comments must be received by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Opioid Epidemic May Be Worse Than It Appears, Pitt Study Finds Fatalities Vastly Underreported
Jun 27, 2018 - A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health found that opioid-related overdose deaths are being underreported and that potentially 70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths were not included in national estimates between 1999 and 2015. This can be worse in rural areas where county coroners may not be as well funded.
Source: WESA 90.5
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When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic
Jun 23, 2018 - Highlights a doctor in rural Iowa who worked to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in her community. Touches on the effort that went into being able to offer this kind of treatment and the barriers that were faced along the way, including stigma among medical professionals.
Source: The New York Times
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SAMHSA Accepting Applications for up to $50 Million to Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis
Jun 21, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $50 million to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. These Tribal Opioid Response Grants will increase access to culturally-appropriate evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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APPLY NOW! The Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity!
Jun 15, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative for FY 2018. HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants through this funding opportunity, with successful awardees receiving up to $200,000 for one year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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HHS Makes $350 Million Available to Fight the Opioid Crisis in Community Health Centers Nationwide
Jun 15, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $350 million in new funding through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services funding opportunity. This funding will allow community health centers to invest in personnel and one-time infrastructure enhancements to address immediate barriers to implementing or expanding substance use disorder and mental health services. Applications are due July 16, 2018.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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MACPAC Makes Recommendations to Strengthen Medicaid Drug Rebate Program; Address Opioid Epidemic
Jun 15, 2018 - The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) released its June 2018 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, with recommendations to change statutory provisions that prevent state Medicaid programs from paying the lowest price for certain drugs and clarify regulations on protecting the privacy of patients with substance use disorder (SUD) to support integration of care.
Source: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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SAMHSA Announces $930 Million Funding Opportunity to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Jun 15, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants. These grants will be awarded to states and territories to support ongoing efforts to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Jun 15, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a Survey of State Underage Drinking Prevention Policies and Practices to provide input for the state-by-state report on prevention and enforcement activities related to underage drinking component of the Annual Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. This survey will be sent to each state and to Washington, DC. Comments will be accepted through July 16, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jun 15, 2018 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) to be held on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a consideration of the February 14, 2018 CSAT NAT meeting minutes, the director's report, a budget update, and discussions on substance abuse disorder spending estimates and the opioid epidemic.
Source: Federal Register
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FDA Approves First Generic Versions of Suboxone Sublingual Film, Which May Increase Access to Treatment for Opioid Dependence
Jun 14, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film for the treatment of opioid dependence. This is expected to improve access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Fewer U.S. High School Students Having Sex, Using Drugs
Jun 14, 2018 - Details the results of the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavioral Survey. This survey found that although fewer high school students are having sex and using drugs, condom use has gone down and 14% reported misusing prescription opioids. 1 in 5 students reported being bullied at school, 1 in 3 reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, 1 in 10 female students reported having been physically forced to have sex, and 1 in 28 male students reported the same.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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USDA Launches Interactive Map of Opioid Epidemic Resources
Jun 14, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new interactive map on their rural opioid misuse webpage. This map allows site users to learn about, access, or replicate actions rural leaders are taking in small towns across the country to address the opioid epidemic. The USDA is also inviting users to share effective actions taken in response to the opioid epidemic in rural communities with their "What's working in your town?" form.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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More Providers at Your Site May Soon Be Eligible for NHSC
Jun 12, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Health Service Corps (NHSC) received $105 million for future NHSC Loan Repayment Program awards to expand and improve access to quality opioid and substance use disorder treatment in rural and underserved areas. The deadline to opt-in is Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Opt-in instructions are also available.
Source: National Health Service Corps, Health Resources and Services Administration
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CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Jun 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to help states combat the opioid crisis, including information on promising practices, available resources, types of approaches, and the tools available to them. CMS has also released an Informational Bulletin with information on designing approaches to covering critical treatment services for Medicaid eligible infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and a Medicaid Technology letter to states on how to best use federal funding to enhance Medicaid technology to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Opioids Roadmap
Jun 11, 2018 - Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the opioid crisis and the roadmap they are publishing to outline their efforts to address it. Among other things, it details their three-pronged approach to combating the opioid epidemic, focusing on prevention, treatment, and utilizing data from across the country to target prevention and treatment activities.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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Rethinking Rural Healthcare: How to Improve Healthcare in Rural Areas
Jun 11, 2018 - Modern Healthcare released an edition focused on rural healthcare, touching on topics like the opioid crisis, telehealth, the healthcare workforce, population health, the risk of rural hospital closures, and more, including highlighting efforts in specific states. (May require registration for full articles.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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SAMHSA Publishes Updated Toolkit to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses
Jun 11, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updated its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit, designed to help healthcare providers, families, and other community members prevent opioid overdose deaths, addresses factors that can lead to an opioid overdose death and when and how to use naloxone.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Youth Tobacco Use Drops During 2011-2017
Jun 7, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting the findings of the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey. In 2017, 3.6 million middle and high school students say they are current tobacco product users, a number which is down from 4.5 million in 2011.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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In Rural Ohio, An Opioid Crisis Becomes A Meth Crisis
Jun 6, 2018 - Radio story about a rural county in Ohio where opioid and methamphetamine use are rampant. As opioids have become more expensive and access to treatment has improved, methamphetamine use has spiked.
Source: NPR
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New UDS Mapper Tool: Mapping Areas of Priority for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAP for MAT)
Jun 5, 2018 - The UDS Mapper has a new tool for health centers designed to assist in identifying areas of high need as well as existing services related to the opioid epidemic and opioid use disorder treatment. Includes information on webinars related to using the UDS Mapper tool.
Source: HealthLandscape
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $10.8 Million for the Providers Clinical Support System – Universities Program
Jun 4, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $10.8 million over three years to expand and enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees through the Providers Clinical Support System - Universities grant program to ensure that students in the medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner fields fulfill the training requirements to obtain a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based settings.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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As Fatal Overdoses Rise, Many Americans See Drug Addiction as a Major Problem in Their Community
May 30, 2018 - Highlights the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey, which found that 9 out of 10 rural residents say that drug addiction is a problem in their community. Also provides an overview of the opioid epidemic and who it is impacting, comparing overdose mortality rates in urban, suburban, and rural areas, and between racial and ethnic groups.
Source: Fact Tank, Pew Research Center
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SAMHSA Announces $196 Million Funding Opportunity for Opioid Treatment Grants to Hardest-Hit States and Tribes
May 30, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for $196 million to expand access to medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services for people with opioid use disorder. This funding is through the Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug Opioid Addiction grant program.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request Federal Register
May 30, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment by June 29, 2018 on minor revisions planned for the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to incorporate questions related to medication-assisted treatment for opioids and alcohol, and wording changes to improve the flow of the survey. The survey is used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by people 12 years and older in the United States.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $95.9 Million for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants
May 24, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $95.9 million over the next two years through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants in order to increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral health services through the expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 25 grantees with up to $2 million per year for up to two years.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $230 Million for the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant Program
May 23, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success grants totaling up to $230 million over five years for substance abuse prevention that reaches populations most impacted. Although specifically focused on underage drinking among 9 to 20 year olds, recipients may also use funds to target up to two additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priorities. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 34 grantees from up to $500,000 to $2.26 million per year for up to five years.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse
May 23, 2018 - Details four bills introduced in the U.S. Senate this week that aim to use telehealth to address the opioid epidemic and to reach more people on Medicaid and in rural areas. All of these bills have bi-partisan co-sponsors.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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Last Updated: 7/20/2018