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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
March/April 2010, Volume 18, Number 2 

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

What is your community doing about underage drinking? This spring and summer, nearly 1,800 communities are holding close to 2,000 town hall meetings where community leaders, parents, teens, educators, law enforcement, and others come together to discuss the problem.

Dozens of these gatherings are led by youth, and others include the participation of a governor’s spouse.

SAMHSA works with national, state, and local organizations to sponsor the town hall meetings to promote the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.

How big is the problem? SAMHSA data show that:

  • More than 10 million young people age 12 to 20 are current alcohol drinkers.
  • Approximately 17.4 percent of underage youth engaged in binge drinking during the past month.
  • Alarmingly, 16.7 percent of youth age 18 to 20 have driven under the influence of alcohol in the past year.

Online Widget & Message Board

At http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings, event organizers will find a countdown “widget,” an online application that displays specific event information and a countdown timer directly on an organization’s Web page or blog.

In addition, event organizers can connect with each other on an online discussion board to share ideas about what worked and challenges they faced. These tools will help the meetings improve and grow.

Learn More

For more information, visit http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings, where you’ll find a planning toolkit, how-to fact sheets, and customizable promotional materials so that you can plan your own town hall meeting.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Take Action in Your Community

Take Action in Your Community

Three new campaigns bring powerful prevention messages to communities.


  From the Administrator  
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Considering Language in Our Field

Do you use certain terms to describe our field? See terms.


  More on Underage Drinking  
Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

The STOP program is making a difference. Read about grantees in Ohio, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

Nearly 1,800 communities across the Nation recently met to discuss underage drinking.


State Estimates on Underage Drinking

State by state, the numbers differ on children and alcohol use.



  Women & Substance Abuse  
Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Gender makes a difference. TIP 51 can help providers offer women effective, up-to-date treatment.

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Comparing data from 1992 and 2007 on admission rates.


  Treatment Updates  
Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Uninsured Workers: Data

Who needs treatment for substance abuse?

Free Treatment Available

Some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding scale fee.


Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance. What are the similarities and differences among OTPs?



  Evidence-Based Practices  
Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Evidence-Based Practices KITs

The Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series offers new KITs.


  Budget  
Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Agency outlines a budget request totaling $3.7 billion.

More on the Budget . . .

Established programs, new initiatives, and SAMHSA’s Budget Authority by Activity and the Agency’s Congressional Justification.



  Grants Updates  
Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Mental Health

Five behavioral health care provider associations recently received funding.


  Media & Messages  
Art & Children’s Mental Health

Art & Children’s Mental Health

Every day is Children’s Mental Health Day: “My Feelings Are a Work of Art.”

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

Share the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Minds on the Edge

Minds on the Edge

Facing mental illness is the subject of a PBS program.


  Recovery Month  
Flyers Available

Flyers Available

For 2010 celebrations, the flyers are available in print and online.


  Inhalants  
Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Thousands of children age 12 to 17 with pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma used inhalants.



  


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