$4.9 million in grants were awarded to 17 colleges and universities for suicide prevention and mental health promotion activities. The grant funding will be distributed through the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program. The Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program is a comprehensive public health approach to improve behavioral health and prevent suicide at institutions of higher education.
$72.5 million in grants were awarded through the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children's Mental Health Initiative. The funding will be distributed to seven states and one local government agency to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults who experience serious emotional disturbances and their families.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative. The program aims to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, and serious mental health disorders. OMH expects to fund up to 16 cooperative agreements with up to $350,000 per year for up to 3 years.
Up to $34.4 million in grants were awarded over four years to improve treatment for adolescents (ages 12-18) and/or transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. These funds were awarded to 10 states and the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.
$13.4 million in grants will be awarded to 11 federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations in the United States. The 3-year funds are for Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth, and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities (Circle of Care VII).
A new report shows underage binge drinking in the U.S. declined between 2008 and 2014. The report found that 14.44 percent of all people ages 12 to 20 engaged in binge drinking in the past month. Although underage drinking has declined over a six-year period, it remains a concern and the consequences are experienced in states and communities every day. The report, Underage Binge Drinking Varies within and across States is based on SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, an annual national survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older.
A new report examines the availability of supported employment in specialty mental health treatment facilities in the United States and whether they offer vocational rehabilitation services. In 2014, 75.4 percent of mental health facilities offered no employment services, according to the study. Further, among the 19.6 percent of facilities that did offer supported employment and 15.9 percent that offered vocational rehabilitation, there occurred significant overlap in service delivery.
The new Learning Center for the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) was designed to provide resources for developing, implementing, and sustaining culture-centered and evidence-based programs and practices. Learning Center tools provide practical support for using evidence-based programs and practices to improve the behavioral health of clients, family members, and communities.
This report provides a powerful overview of the nation's behavioral health. The Barometer includes key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and related treatment. Furthermore, the Barometer breaks down its findings into major groups according to age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, and health insurance status.
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury published FAQs that solicit comments on how to improve disclosure under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and other laws, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. As part of the solicitation of comments, the departments are also releasing and seeking comments on a draft model form that participants, enrollees, or their authorized representatives could use to request information from their health plan about nonquantitative treatment limitations that affect their mental health or substance use disorder benefits.
In June 2016, SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center began a series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Join these conference calls to learn how to implement local steering committees or if you have questions related to SOAR applications.