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Watch the 2015 National Recovery Month Press Conference!
On September 10, 2015, SAMHSA held a press conference to kick-off the 26th annual National Recovery Month observance and release key 2014 behavioral health data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

by Christine Parrinello on 10/6/2015 2:32:16 PM | with 0 Comments

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., is convening multiple webinars as part of SAMHSA's State Technical Assistance Project. Recordings of all the webinars that have occurred thus far, along with their PowerPoint presentations, are available on AHP's website.

by Christine Parrinello on 8/7/2015 4:48:26 PM | with 0 Comments

Some States Using Federal Grant Money to Help People with Addiction Find a Path to Recovery

July 1, 2015 – By Christine Vestal

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline.  Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.


by Christine Parrinello on 7/9/2015 3:42:24 PM | with 0 Comments

Serious psychological distress includes mental health problems severe
enough to cause moderate-to-serious impairment in social, occupational, or
school functioning and to require treatment (1). Data from the 2009–2013
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) are used to estimate the prevalence
of serious psychological distress—measured by a score of 13 or greater on
the Kessler 6 (K6) nonspecific distress scale—among adults overall and by
demographic characteristics. The K6 obtains information on the frequency
of six psychological distress symptoms (2). This report also compares health
insurance and health characteristics between those with and those without
serious psychological distress.

by Christine Parrinello on 7/9/2015 3:30:32 PM | with 0 Comments

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM EST

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the US Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision are central to behavioral health system development in all states, whether or not there are current US Department of Justice inquiries, or other legal actions related to Olmstead compliance. The presenters will discuss opportunities, requirements and general information regarding Olmstead implementation. The webinar is intended to engage states in greater commitment to behavioral health system change, and for all who are seeking to better understand and fulfill the promise of Olmstead and make. (60 min)

by Christine Parrinello on 7/9/2015 1:50:02 PM | with 0 Comments

A Proposed Rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Proposed rule to modernize the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed care delivery systems.

by Christine Parrinello on 7/9/2015 1:41:33 PM | with 0 Comments

ONDCP's Toolkit to discuss the issue of Drugged Driving with Teens!
Check out Office of National Drug Control Policy's toolkit for ways to talk with teens in your community about drugged driving! 

by Christine Parrinello on 5/11/2015 2:04:36 PM | with 0 Comments

SOAR Webinar: Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR
SOAR Webinar: Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR.

This webinar will provide the background, tips, and tools necessary to implement consumer/peer initiatives within SOAR programs to increase service capacity.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
3:00 pm–4:30 pm (EDT)

by Christine Parrinello on 4/29/2015 3:03:09 PM | with 0 Comments

Integrating Substance Use Assessment in Health Care: SBIRT Course
When a patient visits a health care setting, the visit presents an opportunity to screen for other health risks and then be referred to supportive resources. Recognizing the importance of this point of intervention, SAMHSA recently launched a new course based on a method called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), which walks practitioners through the process of assessing risky substance use, discussing health consequences, and referring patients to supports and treatments.

by Christine Parrinello on 4/17/2015 10:49:40 PM | with 0 Comments

NatCon 2015 Program and App Available for Download!
Do you like to flip through pages filled with opportunities, dog-earing pages you’ll reference again and again? Or do you prefer interactive information that fits in the palm of your hand? Pick one - or both - to design your own custom NatCon15 experience!

by Christine Parrinello on 4/11/2015 7:51:18 PM | with 0 Comments

Webinar Announcement: Managing the Balance between Client Confidentiality and Care Coordination: A Case Study from the Field
SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) presents:

Managing the Balance between Client Confidentiality and Care Coordination: A Case Study from the Field

Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m. (EDT)

by Christine Parrinello on 3/27/2015 7:06:27 PM | with 0 Comments

 21st Annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium!
Want to be a speaker at the 2015 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium? This year's topic is Integrating Healthcare: Mind, Body and Spirit. September 17–18, 2015!

by Christine Parrinello on 3/4/2015 12:05:42 PM | with 0 Comments

WEBINAR! How Can We Better Detect and Predict Suicide Risk?
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Presenter: Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Chair, National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Suicide Research Consortium; Lisa Colpe, Ph.D., Chief, Office of Clinical and Population Epidemiology Research at NIMH

by Christine Parrinello on 2/13/2015 2:27:49 PM | with 0 Comments

Watch Archived Session: ACA and Its Impact on Recovery Services
You're invited to watch the first Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA meeting on what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for recovery services!

by Christine Parrinello on 2/3/2015 11:27:57 AM | with 0 Comments

NIDA Seeks Input on 2016–2020 Strategic Plan
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is revitalizing its Strategic Plan to provide a framework for the research it will support over the next 5 years. On December 10, NIDA released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek broad public input on the research priorities to include in the plan.

by Christine Parrinello on 12/23/2014 3:07:39 PM | with 0 Comments