SAMHSA announces grants to implement suicide prevention model

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 cooperative agreements to implement the Zero Suicide in Health Systems model, a multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and... read more

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

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By Gene Woods

One out of five Americans, or over 40 million people, struggle with behavioral health each day. In my state of North Carolina alone, every 2.5 minutes a person in behavioral crisis visits an emergency department. To better serve the needs of our patients and community, at Carolinas... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

CDC: Hepatitis C infections nearly triple over five years

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The number of new hepatitis C infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015 to 2,436 a year. Because limited surveillance resources have led to underreporting, CDC estimates the actual number of new infections is closer to 34,000 a year. While... read more

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

President names five to commission on opioid crisis

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President Trump yesterday named to chair his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The president also named to the bipartisan commission North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode... read more

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

Shulkin outlines priorities for VA

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Citing progress that the Department of Veterans Affairs is making toward improving patient care, VA Secretary David Shulkin today said the agency’s key priorities are to give veterans greater choices about where they can receive care, modernize the system, focus its resources more efficiently, improve the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, Telehealth, workforce, Behavioral health

Hospitals Against Violence webinar May 10 on behavioral health and safety teams

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a May 10 webinar on how hospitals are using behavioral health rapid response and safety teams to address violence. Representatives from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will share their experiences. To... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, workforce, Behavioral health

President nominates HHS assistant secretaries for health, mental health

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President Trump Friday nominated as assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services Brett Giroir, M.D., president and CEO of biopharmaceutical company ViraCyte and an adjunct professor of pediatrics, tropical medicine and medical ethics and health policy at Baylor College of... read more

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

SAMHSA webinar next week on growing the behavioral health workforce

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on April 19 will host the third webinar in a quarterly series on innovative state solutions to develop the behavioral health workforce. The 2 p.m. ET webinar will focus on the state of Alaska’s efforts. To register, click here. The webinar... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: workforce, Behavioral health

'Wraparound' support stops revolving door of violent injuries

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WraparoundDarius Irvin grew up in violent neighborhoods in Oakland and San Francisco. Nearly three years ago, he was rushed to the San Francisco General Hospital’s emergency department with nine gunshot wounds.

Irvin survived what was his third shooting in a little more than three years. He still visits the... read more

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

Heroin use disorders triple over decade

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About 1.6% of U.S. adults reported using heroin at some point in their life when surveyed in 2012-2013, with 0.7% meeting the criteria for a heroin use disorder, according to a study published online this week by JAMA Psychiatry. That’s up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2001-2002, the study found.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

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