Headlines: Coping with Disaster Anniversaries

October 11, 2018
SAMHSA Headlines—Your one-stop source for the latest from SAMHSA.


SAMHSA Releases 2016 Mental Health Client-level Data Annual Report

This report presents results from the Mental Health Client Level Data (MH-CLD) and Mental Health Treatment Episode Data Set (MH-TEDS) for individuals receiving mental health treatment services in 2016, as well as selected trends in data collected from such individuals between 2013 and 2016. It provides information on mental health diagnoses, mental health treatment services, and demographic and substance use characteristics of individuals in mental health treatment in facilities that reported to individual state administrative data systems.

SAMHSA Releases Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2016 Admissions to and Discharges from Publicly Funded Substance Use Treatment

This report presents national- and state-level data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) for admissions and discharges occurring in 2016, and trend data from 2006 to 2016. It summarizes demographic information and the characteristics and outcomes of treatment for alcohol and/or drug use among clients aged 12 years and older in facilities that report to individual state administrative data systems.

SAMHSA Makes Restricted-Use Data Available 

SAMHSA has partnered with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to host restricted-use data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health at the NCHS Federal Statistical Research Data Centers.


Coping with Disaster Anniversaries 

The days leading up to traumatic anniversaries can stir up feelings of restlessness, grief, fear, and unease. Fortunately, anniversaries can also provide an opportunity for emotional healing.  SAMHSA offers many resources for supporting children, families, communities, and public health officials affected by incidents of mass violence and natural disasters. Some of these include a SAMHSA slide deck and webcast, disaster anniversary training, and many publications including Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Coping with Retraumatization, Long-Term Behavioral Health Reactions to Trauma Events, and The Dialogue.

Crisis Intervention Team Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide

This guide helps local systems use data to implement Crisis Intervention Team programs that can improve the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement response to people experiencing behavioral health crises. It provides information about building necessary partnerships, documenting program activities, identifying key metrics, establishing data collection processes, analyzing and reporting data, using data to improve programs, and expanding capacity to collect and use data.

Recent SAMHSA Blogs

Let's Help our Youth Change the Way They Look at Mental Health

Mental health is central to everyone's well-being, particularly youth, teens and young adults. However, in many cases, some young people may be embarrassed to ask for help or not know who they can turn to. Recognizing the signs of emotional distress among youth and providing access to quality treatment is critically important to the overall health of our nation.

Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand

Providing care in rural and remote areas is a challenge—one of the most significant problems American healthcare faces. Alaska Native healthcare providers build on the strengths of tribal culture, customs and community to deliver an impressive whole-of-person approach to care.

SOAR Webinar Announcement!

SOAR: A Reentry Tool for Individuals in the Criminal Justice System, October 24, 2018; 3:00-4:30pm ET

This webinar will be presented by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center in partnership with the SAMHSA GAINS Center. 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit programs - Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) - can provide income and health insurance benefits to support healthy return to communities for previously incarcerated individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a model that can help!
This webinar will feature speakers who will share their best practices for implementing SOAR in a county jail and state correctional system, and explore how SOAR implementation in criminal justice settings can be a strong reentry tool to increasing housing stability and promote post release success.

On this webinar, you will learn:

  • Key strategies for introducing SOAR to and engaging criminal justice systems
  • SOAR best practices for assisting SSI/SSDI applicants who are Involved in the criminal justice system


  • Dazara Ware, MPC, Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, Delmar, NY
  • Dan Abreu, MS CRC LMHC, Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA GAINS Center, Delmar, NY
  • Paul J. Mulloy, Director of Programs Nashville (TN) Sheriff's Office
  • Lolita Johnson, LEAD SOAR Counselor Davidson County (TN) Sheriff's Office
  • Donna Bond, Coordinator of Mental Health Reentry, Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections
  • Marcus Ayers, Manager of Prison Based Reentry Services, Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health Services

Who should attend?

SOAR state and local leads, SOAR case managers, professionals working in the fields of behavioral health, substance use and criminal justice.
Register for This Webinar

New data on rapid re-housing

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New Research: What is Rapid Re-Housing's Role in Ending Homelessness?

A new report from Urban Institute explores the available data on the effectiveness of RRH. The report examines how long it takes to move families out of shelter, how much it costs, and how often families become homeless again.

And what's the system-level impact of effective rapid re-housing? Alliance expert Sharon McDonald runs the numbers: Rapid Re-housing Works: What the Evidence Says.

Read the Report »

Registration is now open for the Alliance's new national conference focusing on individual homeless adults. 250+ community leaders and service providers have already signed up!

The conference will take place in San Diego, California on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22.

Learn More and Register »

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