Headlines: SAMHSA Announces $6 Million in Grants To Support the International President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Addiction Technology Transfer Centers


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August 11, 2017
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Funding

SAMHSA Announces $6 Million in Grants To Support the International President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Addiction Technology Transfer Centers

SAMHSA has awarded up to $6 million in funding over the next 5 years to support the International President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (INT PEPFAR-ATTC) programs operating in Vietnam, South Africa, and Ukraine. The purpose of this program is to establish INT PEPFAR-ATTC programs that increase the capacity, skills, and abilities of HIV/AIDS programs. Governmental agencies and the PEPFAR programs will address problematic substance use—including opioid-related disorders—and mental disorders to impact the goals of the national HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs.

Data

New Report Discusses Why Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs

A new short report indicates the reasons for adult prescription drug misuse based on data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The report discusses the most common reasons among adults for misuse of prescription pain relievers, prescription tranquilizers, prescription stimulants, and prescription sedatives.

New Behavioral Health Barometers Provide In-Depth Data for All 50 States and DC

SAMHSA released the fourth edition of its Behavioral Health Barometer state reports that provide a powerful overview of behavioral health in each state and the District of Columbia. Each report includes data about key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious thoughts of suicide, serious mental illness, and related treatment, as well as their comparisons with the corresponding national annual averages.

Events

August 16, 2017

Two-Part Webinar Series for Faith-Based and Community Leaders on the Opioid Crisis

Part Two: There Is Hope: Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention
Connecting people to treatment and recovery support has been shown to be effective and can save lives. During part two of this series, experts from SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review early intervention and treatment options, and they will discuss the essential role that the community plays in recovery support and prevention. They will also discuss strategies for getting ahead of the problem, the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the development of a substance use disorder, and how upstream preventative action can restore hope and lead to a brighter and healthier future for generations to come. The webinar will close with a Q&A session and a review of resources.
August 16, 2017

SAMHSA's 2017 Voice Awards

Register now to attend the 2017 Voice Awards event in person at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday, August 16, or register to watch the live event webcast. The event honors people in recovery and their family members who are community champions seeking to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions. This year's theme, Honoring Those Who Serve: Hope, Resilience, and Recovery, will spotlight efforts that provide support to past and present military service members and their families. The Voice Awards will be hosted by celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who has been a strong supporter of issues affecting military personnel and their families through the Robert Irvine Foundation. The Voice Awards also recognize television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health.


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Learning Center Brings Research to Practice

SAMHSA launched a redesigned National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices Learning Center to support the use of research to improve behavioral health.


SOARing Over Lunch Call - August 15

Join us for our August SOARing Over Lunch Call!
Join us for our August SOARing Over Lunch Call!
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SOARing Over Lunch Call!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Please join us for this informal call aimed at peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and facilitated open discussion.
Call-in/log-in information:
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Conference Phone: 1-866-805-9853
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Please note that all phone lines will be muted; attendees will hear the presenters speaking and can submit questions via Adobe Connect chat. If you are planning on calling into the conference by phone only, you can ask questions throughout the call by emailing Matt Canuteson at mcanuteson@prainc.com.
While there is no agenda set in advance for these calls, we do want your ideas! Please click the button below to submit any questions and/or topics that you would like discussed on this call.
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Has Homelessness Increased Nationwide During the Past Two Years: Five States will Reveal Half of the Story




Has Homelessness Increased Nationwide During the Past Two Years?

Five States will Reveal Half of the Story



A brief prepared by Joe Colletti, PhD




When the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes the results of the 2017 country-wide homeless count, we will find out if homelessness has increased or decreased collectively across the country during the past couple of years, and five states will reveal half of the story. Table 1 below shows that more than half (51%) of the country's homeless population counted in 2015 lived on the streets or in temporary shelter in five states---California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts.
NOTE: HUD requires all the Continuums of Care (CoC) within a state to conduct a sheltered and unsheltered homeless count every two years, which falls on odd number years.
            The Five States

Table 1. Total Number of Homeless Persons in the United States by State including the District of Columbia in 2015


State
Total Homeless Persons
#
%
California
115,738
20.7
New York
88,250
15.8
Florida
35,900
6.4
Texas
23,678
4.3
Massachusetts
21,135
3.8
45 states and District of Columbia
273,917
49.0
Total:
558,618
100




Table 1 lists the five states---California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts---and the total number of persons for each state in 2015, which totaled 284,701 or 51% of the country's total homeless population for that year.

A comparison of the 2017 point-in-time homeless count data to the 2015 count data may reveal a reversal of fortune when the 2017 homeless count information is released. The reversal may be true if most, or all, of the aforementioned five states reveal increases, even if most, or all, of the other 45 states and the District of Columbia were to reveal decreases.

Five More States
Table 2 lists an additional five states---Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oregon, and Illinois---and the total number of persons counted for each of these five states in 2015. When their total number of persons is added to the total number of persons counted in the five states previously noted above, the total number of persons counted in the 10 states is 359,734, which represents nearly two-thirds (64.4%) of the total number of persons counted throughout the United States in 2015.
Table 2. Total Number of Homeless Persons in the United States by State including the District of Columbia in 2015

State
Total Homeless Persons
#
%
California
115,738
20.7
New York
88,250
15.8
Florida
35,900
6.4
Texas
23,678
4.3
Massachusetts
21,135
3.8
Washington
19,419
3.5
Pennsylvania
15,421
2.8
Georgia
13,790
2.5
Oregon
13,226
2.4
Illinois
13,177
2.3
40 states and District of Columbia
198,884
35.6
Total:
558,618
100

As previously noted, a comparison of the 2017 point-in-time homeless count data to the 2015 count data may reveal a reversal of fortune when this year's homeless count information is released. When looking at the data for the 10 states mentioned above, a reversal may be true if many of the 10 states had increases in the number of homeless persons nationwide in 2017, even if many of the other 40 states and the District of Columbia had decreases. 

 A 10-Year Comparison

An increase in the total number of persons counted as homeless in the 50 states including the District of Columbia during the last two years, would reveal a reversal of fortune when compared to the 10-year period between 2005 and 2015.
The following table notes the decreases that were reported every two years by the CoCs nationwide between 2005 and 2015.
Table 3. Number of Persons Who Were Homeless in the United States including the District of Columbia: 2005 - 2015

Year
# of Persons Who Were Homeless in the United States
Difference (+/-)
#
%
2005
754,147
-
-
2007
641,665
-112,482
-14.9
2009
624,598
-17,067
-2.7
2011
618,611
-5,987
-1.0
2013
584,543
-34,068
-5.5
2015
558,618
-25,925
-4.4

There are indications that a reversal of fortune occurred as noted in various media stories and reports that focused on 2017 homeless count results. A recent brief released by Urban Initiatives entitled "After Nearly a Decade of Decreases in Homelessness in the United States 2017 May Reveal a Reversal of Fortune" noted that homelessness may have increased by approximately 20% in California between 2015 and 2017 based on various media stories and published reports.
We will know if homelessness has increased nationwide once the 2017 homeless count numbers are released. The public may be informed that the number of homeless persons has increased collectively when all the states are totaled together. However, increases in some, or most, of the five states of California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts may be the reason why, which begs the question "why is homelessness increasing in some states like California and not in many other states?" 



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