Surgeon general, assistant secretary nominees advance in Senate

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved President’s Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and four assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. The nominees are Jerome Adams, M.D., to serve as surgeon general; Brett Giroir, M.D., to serve... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, leadership, preparedness, Mental health, Behavioral health

ED intervention for drug abusers who overdose

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project-pointProject POINT – Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone and Treatment – is Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health’s response to the surge in emergency department (ED) patients who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.

Funded by the Eskenazi Health Foundation and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

President urged to declare opioid epidemic national emergency

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The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis yesterday urged President Trump to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. “With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” the commission... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

Legislation would align patient confidentiality regulations with HIPAA

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Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Friday introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 3545), AHA-supported legislation that would align Part 2 federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment records with the Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, HIPAA, care coordination, opioids

Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

SAMHSA: About 43.7 million U.S. adults experience mental illness

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An estimated 43.7 million U.S. adults (18.4%) reported experiencing mental illness in the past year when surveyed between 2012 and 2014, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State estimates ranged from 15.8% in New Jersey to 22.7% in Oregon, with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA: Teen binge drinking down since 2010

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About 14% of 12-20 year olds reported binge drinking in 2012-2014, down from 16% in 2010-2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State-level estimates for 2012-2014 ranged from 11% in Utah to 21% in North Dakota, based on data from the National... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

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About 12.5 million U.S. residents reported misusing prescription pain relievers in 2015, according to a report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half of them obtained their most recently misused pain reliever from a friend or relative, notes the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

Addressing behavioral health

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As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we would like to thank the many hospitals and health systems across the country that are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital.

By offering... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

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