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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2008, Volume 16, Number 5 

Employment for America’s Heroes

A breakout session at the recent conference focused on employment strategies and support available for returning veterans interested in going back to work.

The panel, moderated by SAMHSA’s Crystal Blyler from the Agency’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), included representatives from the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Social Security Administration (SSA), as well as the National Business Group on Health (NBGH).

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To help returning veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (see Treating War’s Signature Injury) succeed in the workplace, Susan Parker from the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy described a new multiagency initiative—America’s Heroes at Work.

“The intended audience of America’s Heroes at Work,” Ms. Parker explained, “is employers.” The program’s goal is to raise awareness of the resources available to assist employers in hiring returning veterans.

Working collaboratively with “a dozen departments and other entities,” including SAMHSA’s CMHS and the SSA, the initiative is an employer-focused education and outreach plan that targets the workforce development community and state agencies.

The recently launched DOL Web site includes common employer questions, fact sheets and brochures, veterans’ employment success stories, and Web-based training tools.

Other session highlights:

  • Ron Finch from NBGH discussed the potential impact of returning veterans on employer-sponsored health plans and worksite programs.
  • The Social Security Administration’s Jason Olsen described the renewed emphasis on and a revitalization of the Ticket to Work program, helping people with disabilities go back to work.
  • Jacqueline Haynes, with the VA’s Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, talked about the various services and opportunities that the VA offers.


Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for programs related to children's mental health, suicide, drug-free communities, and others.

Grant Awards Update

  National Survey on Drug Use  
  and Health  

Youth Substance Use Declines

From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, new national data show a drop in illicit drug use among youth and an increase in adult prescription drug misuse.

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Drugs and Youth: Chart Shows 2002 to 2007 Data

Marijuana, cocaine—changes in use of selected illicit drugs among youth, 2002 versus 2007.

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Recovery Month Testimonials

Two people relate their personal stories of addiction, recovery, and hope.

  Mental Health  
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Making Mental Health Services Accessible

Can primary care doctors help with mental health problems? New strategies to overcome barriers associated with reimbursement.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Disclosure

What are the risks and benefits of revealing a mental health problem to friends or coworkers?

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Bullying: Starting the Conversation

Bullies are out there—SAMHSA resources can help parents and educators address the problem.

  Substance Abuse  
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Mutual Support Groups: Fact Sheet for Providers

What do you know about mutual support groups? Providers can help connect clients with groups that help people achieve recovery.

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First-Time Versus Repeat Admissions

New SAMHSA data reveal characteristics of first-time and repeat admissions to substance abuse treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Registry Posts 100th Evidence-Based Practice

NREPP reaches a milestone—find out how the Registry can link communities to interventions specific to their needs.

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