Headlines: Additional $144.1 Million Awarded for Opioid Crisis

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September 18, 2017

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Additional Funding of $144.1 Million Awarded for Addressing Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an additional $144.1 million in grants to prevent and treat opioid addiction. The grants are administered by SAMHSA.

$14.5 Million in Grants Awarded for Suicide Prevention Programs

SAMHSA announced the funding of up to $14.5 million in grants over several years for suicide prevention programs. The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are Zero Suicide and Cooperative Agreements To Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Texas and Louisiana May Reallocate Certain Federal Funds To Provide Addiction Medication

Federal and state governments are working to ensure opioid treatment is available in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. States can reallocate previously awarded formula and discretionary grants to provide opioid use disorder treatment when no other funds are available. The decision will help people in affected areas of Texas and Louisiana, where thousands have been displaced by storms.


New Report on Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results From the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report provides the latest estimates on substance use and mental health in the nation, including the misuse of opioids. Opioids include heroin use and pain reliever misuse. In 2016, there were 11.8 million people age 12 or older who misused opioids in the past year. The majority of those individuals misused pain relievers rather than used heroin—there were 11.5 million people who misused pain relievers and 948,000 people who used heroin.

New Report on Trends in the Use of Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Extended-Release Naltrexone at Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

A new report from SAMHSA shows the number of Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) has increased from approximately 1,100 in 2003 to almost 1,500 by the end of 2016. The number of clients receiving methadone on the survey reference date increased from about 227,000 in 2003 to over 350,000 in 2015. OTPs are regulated by SAMHSA and are qualified to dispense the controlled substances, methadone and buprenorphine, to treat addiction to opioids (e.g., heroin and prescription pain relievers).


Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services [PDF – 1MB]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and SAMHSA recently released a new publication titled, Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. The publication is designed to serve as a behavioral health resource for consumers and offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services, including definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment, and obtain follow-up care.


September 27, 2017

Recovery, Prevention, & Hope: National Experts on Opioids and Other Addictions Equip Faith and Community Leaders

Live from Washington, DC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will convene national leaders and experts to talk about the opioid epidemic and other addictions to raise awareness, encourage compassion, reinforce the role of community and families in long-term recovery and prevention, and make a call to action. This live stream will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.


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Dr. McCance-Katz Appointed Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

This position was created under the 21st Century Cures Act and will support behavioral health priorities including the opioid epidemic.

New Resource: SAMHSA Knowledge Network


New Resource: SAMHSA Knowledge Network

We are pleased to announce SAMHSA's Knowledge Network website, the premier library of online behavioral health training, technical assistance, and workforce development resources for the health care community.
The Knowledge Network provides a single, searchable portal to SAMHSA's publicly available online training and technical assistance content with the goal of improving the design and delivery of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. This website will help health care practitioners to find specific tools and resources more easily (such as webinars, white papers, fact sheets, trainings, and videos) that span SAMHSA's broad portfolio across many disciplines and online locations.
Visit the SAMHSA Knowledge Network

We'd love to hear your thoughts on whether this website is useful to you. Please direct any comments, questions, or suggestions to the Knowledge Network Team at knwebmaster@samhsa.hhs.gov.

POSTPONED: Buying Right CDBG-DR and Procurement: A Guide to Recovery Webinar - September 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM EDT

POSTPONED: HUD has decided to postpone the Buying Right: CDBG-DR and Procurement A Guide to Recovery Webinar at this time. Once an alternate date is scheduled a new announcement will be sent.
This webinar will focus on procurement requirements for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery programs. This webinar will cover the latest procurement guidance under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance as provided in 2 CFR Part 200. Participation is highly encouraged.
Participants will learn:
  • Roadmap of the procurement process
  • Procurement methods for different types of goods and services
  • Best practices to ensure compliance with the Uniform Guidance requirements
  • Common pitfalls in procuring goods and services by grantees

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed for all CDBG and CDBG-DR grantees, especially staff charged with purchasing goods and services.

Webinar Schedule:

Series Date and Time Registration
Buying Right: CDBG-DR and Procurement
A Guide to Recovery
September 19, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT

Hosted By:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Training Point of Contact

Brittani Coy | 859-578-4850 | bcoy@ndconline.org

Registering for the 2017 Buying Right: CDBG-DR and Procurement A Guide to Recovery Webinar

Access the registration page below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.
If you have not yet registered for an HUD Exchange account:

Create an Account on the HUD Exchange
  1. Go to the HUD Exchange (www.hudexchange.info).
  2. Click Login (at the upper right).
  3. Click Create an Account.
  4. Fill out the form, and click the Create Account button.
    Your account has been created. You will receive a confirmation email.
If you have already registered for an HUD Exchange account:
  1. Enter your Username and Password; select Log in.
  2. If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update.
  3. You will be brought directly to the course detail page in HUD Exchange.
  4. Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class.
If you are unsure if you have an HUD Exchange account:
  • Go to the HUD Exchange Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you'll receive an error message.

Additional Instructions

To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Trainings.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

SOARing Over Lunch Call - September 19

Join us for our September SOARing Over Lunch Call!
Join us for our September SOARing Over Lunch Call!
SOARing Over Lunch: Monthly Calls to Enhance Your SOAR Knowledge


SOARing Over Lunch Call!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. ET

Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Please join us for this informal call aimed at peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and facilitated open discussion. While there is no agenda set in advance for these calls, we do want your ideas! Please e-mail Matt Canuteson at mcanuteson@prainc.com to submit any questions and/or topics that you would like discussed on this call.
Call-in/log-in information:
Conference Phone: 1-866-805-9853
Conference Code:  7712924792
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 submit questions throughout the call by e-mailing Matt Canuteson at mcanuteson@prainc.com.

SP 5.12.46 Is Now Available for Training Sites

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SP 5.12.46 Is Now Available for Training Sites
SP 5.12.46 Is Now Available for Training Sites
This version contains most of the 2017 HUD Data Dictionary updates. We are still working on completing the changes to the following areas which will be finalized by 10/1:
  • 2.7 Project Identifiers
  • 2.8 Additional Program Information
  • V6 VAMC Station Number
Release notes are currently being finalized, and will be posted to the Libraries area of the Mediware Customer Community by the end of Monday, 9/18. You can start getting familiar with the changes by reviewing the current Library documents that have been posted with the "2017 Data Dictionary" tag.
If you do not have a training site, you can preview the changes in this version on our demo site: https://sp5.servicept.com/sp5_demo2 - your Customer Care Analyst can provide you with credentials if you do not already have access to this demo site.
If you have any questions, please contact your Customer Care Analyst.
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Anaheim struggles with growing homeless crisis at river camp

(AP) — The row of tents and tarps stretches two miles along the parched riverbed and houses hundreds of homeless. The garbage-strewn strip is also the site of a popular bike path where cyclists in colorful gear zoom by those seeking food, a shower or a job.
Jae C. Hong
A cyclist passes the row of tents and tarps along the Santa Ana riverbed near Angel Stadium Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Amid an uproar from residents, the city of Anaheim declared an emergency Wednesday in an attempt to cope with a ballooning homeless encampment along a popular riverbed trail and speed the addition of shelter beds. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Over the past two years, the trail that cuts through the heart of Southern California's Orange County has become the site of a ballooning homeless encampment that officials say has been fueled by exorbitant housing costs, mental illness and drug use.

Amid an uproar from residents, the city of Anaheim declared an emergency Wednesday in an attempt to cope with the crisis and speed the addition of shelter beds. A day earlier, Orange County officials passed a measure to step up police patrols.

"It has grown to a number where they can't just go in and enforce the anti-camping (ordinance) because you can't in one fell swoop find a bed for every one of these people," said Mike Lyster, a city spokesman.

Anaheim is the latest California city to declare a state of emergency because of a growing homeless crisis. San Diego is struggling with a hepatitis outbreak that has killed 16 and is spreading among the homeless population.

Denise Romo, 55, is among those living along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, not far from the stadium that is home to the Los Angles Angels. She said she lost her $250-a-week babysitting job after she was struck last year by a car and her arm was fractured. She couldn't pay for the motel room she rented and wound up homeless.

After seeing people on the riverbed, Romo decided to give it a try and said she feels much safer than on the streets. She has carved out a small area with a tent and lawn chair for herself and a black dog named Girl and said she tries to steer clear of other areas of the homeless encampment plagued by drugs and theft.

"I don't know where I'm going to go," she said, adding that her two sons are in jail. "If I could get shelter, I'd go to a shelter."

The Orange County Sheriff's Department plans to boost patrols starting Friday to curtail crime on the trail. Officials earlier this year hired a nonprofit for a six-month pilot project to connect homeless to housing and resources and so far, 60 people have moved out, said Carrie Braun, a county spokeswoman.

"If you are considering to get resources, this is a time to get resources," she said, adding the eventual goal is to clear the area.

The county recently opened a year-round homeless shelter and is expanding it but more housing options are needed, she said.

Anaheim resident Shaun Dove welcomed his city's move but wishes it came sooner. The 45-year-old started an online petition after neighbors complained of stolen bikes and a rise in homeless.

"It is two years too late, but at least you're doing it now," he said of Anaheim's resolution.
Lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said court rulings have held that authorities can't move homeless residents without an alternative. They said they're concerned about where Anaheim officials intend to move people, many of whom are disabled or ill.

Officials said they hope to help those on the strip who want to leave. Angela Peifer, 32, is one of them. She has a job as a caregiver but only 16 hours a week, which isn't enough for her to move to a new place with her fiancé and two dogs.

"I'm so ready to get out of here," she said.

But not everyone is convinced a roof over their heads is the answer. Lee Redmond, 63, said he has been out of a job for six years and can't see anyone hiring him at his age.

"I don't like being inside," Redmond said. "I'm OK inside for a night or two, and I've got to come back out."
Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.