HHS appoints public members to federal mental health committee

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday appointed 14 public members to a committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act to better coordinate federal efforts to address serious mental illness and emotional disturbance. They are: Linda Beeber, nursing professor at the University of North... read more

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

Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder

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project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., saw an opportunity for early intervention. 

Patients showed up in Christiana Care Health System’s emergency department (ED) with illnesses caused by substance use disorders. The ED team knew they needed help for more than the strokes, broken limbs, high blood pressure and seizures.... read more

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

CDC: Antidepressant use up 65% over 15 years

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Antidepressant use by Americans aged 12 and older increased 65% between 1999 and 2014, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 13% of Americans reported taking antidepressants in the previous month when surveyed between 2011 and 2014, up from 7.7%... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

SAMHSA issues new behavioral health reports that provide state-level data

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released updated reports highlighting data on the prevalence of substance use, suicidal thoughts, serious mental illness and treatment for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Senate confirms surgeon general, HHS assistant secretaries

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The Senate yesterday approved President Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and three assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome Adams, M.D., will serve as surgeon general; Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., as the first HHS assistant secretary for mental health and... read more

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

CMS issues FY 2018 payment update for inpatient psychiatric facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a notice updating the payment rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2018. CMS makes a net payment increase of 0.99%, or $45 million, compared to FY 2017. This includes a 2.6% market-basket update, offset by cuts of 0.6% for... read more

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

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

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