Housing with Dignity puts homeless on path to stability, better health

AHA News

Tony Price frequently visited the emergency department (ED) at Sacramento, Calif.-based Dignity Health while he was living on the streets. At that time, his diabetes was out of control and he drank heavily.

His life didn’t begin to turn around until he tried to commit suicide and spent a week recovering... read more

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

'Behavioral vaccine' for teen depression

AHA News

Can an online prevention program keep mental health problems at bay among teens who are already at risk of suffering from severe depression?

A team at the University of Illinois Medical Center hopes so, and has spent more than a decade developing and testing the best way to teach coping strategies to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

AHA News Now

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

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

New Patient-Friendly Resource on Prescription Opioids Available

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a new patient-friendly resource on prescription opioids. 

“Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,”... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physician issues, Mental health, opioids, prevention

Community Behavioral Health Community Extends Beyond Traditional Health Care Space

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Hospitals and health systems are going above and beyond to address and treat the myriad behavioral health concerns in their communities.  To highlight and honor the dedicated women and men who care for and keep our communities health during Mental Health Month, the AHA sat down with members of the Sanpete... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, care coordination

Study: U.S. spends more on mental disorders than any other condition

AHA News Now

U.S. health expenditures for mental disorders exceeded spending for every other medical condition in 2013 at $201 billion, according to a study published online this week by Health Affairs. Spending for heart conditions and trauma were the next highest, at $147 billion and $143 billion, respectively,... read more

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

National Depression Screening Day set for Oct. 8

AHA News Now

Participating hospitals and other health care providers will offer free, anonymous mental health screenings Oct. 8 as part of the 25th annual National Depression Screening Day. To find a local screening site, visit www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org. AHA is a supporter of the annual event, sponsored by... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health

Survey: Illicit teen use of tobacco, alcohol, pain relievers declining

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Illicit use of tobacco, alcohol and prescription pain relievers declined among adolescents between 2002 and 2014, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Current tobacco use among 12 to 17 year olds fell to 7% from... read more

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

Reps. Murphy, Johnson introduce revised mental health bill

AHA News Now

Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) yesterday reintroduced a revamped Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, which would make a number of changes to the nation’s mental health system. The bill seeks to promote more scientific research into behavioral health... read more

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

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