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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2008, Volume 16, Number 6 

Primary Care Settings: AHRQ Report

Mental Health & Primary Care Settings

New data indicate that mental health may improve with treatment in primary care settings.

A new report, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and cofunded by SAMHSA and other Federal agencies, found evidence that people treated for depression in primary care clinics have fewer symptoms than patients who are treated at sites that provide only mental health services.

These primary care clinics all provided a coordinated set of mental and physical health services. Patients treated in specialty mental health centers appear to benefit when the facilities also offer general medical care.

The report, Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care, provides answers to a set of research questions. They include:

  • What are the barriers to successful integration and how are they overcome?
  • To what extent does the outcome of integrated programs vary for different populations (e.g., specific mental health problems, racial and ethnic groups, older adults or youth)?
  • What are the key elements of programs that have been successfully sustained in large health systems?

To read the full report, visit For more information on mental health, visit SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services at


Find Treatment at the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or 1-800-662-4357 or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)

  Women, Addiction, & Recovery  
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Conference Coverage & Related Stories

  Returning Veterans  
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Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges

From mental health issues to sexual harassment—what’s being done to help.

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Veterans & Major Depressive Episode: New Data

Last year, more than 300,000 veterans experienced MDEs.

  Suicide Prevention  
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New Media Increase Options

Virtual suicide prevention efforts are helping.

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Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

Milestone for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  Training Manuals  
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This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual offers basics on successful detox.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual discusses treatment for opioid addiction.

  Data on Youth  
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Inhalant Use & Depression

Some adolescents are three times as likely to start using inhalants—find out why.

Mental Health Settings: New Data

Do young people get mental health services at school more often than at specialty treatment centers?

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Out-of-Home Treatment

Effective treatment options for young people.

  Also in This Issue  
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2008 Science & Service Award Winners

For best practices, 29 organizations honored.

Grant Updates

Awards announced.

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Advisory Councils

Five new members for SAMHSA’s Advisory Councils.

Treatment Line Gets National Attention

Oprah promotes SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment line as a resource.

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Voice Award Nominations

You have until March 2009 to cast your vote.

Primary Care Settings

Mental health may improve with treatment location.

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