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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2009, Volume 17, Number 4 

Coordinating Care for Children with Serious Mental Health Challenges

Positive Outcomes for Families, Children, Youth in Systems of Care

Helping Children Thrive

Data from the program’s ongoing evaluation show just how effective this approach is.

  • Improved mental health. Emotional and behavioral problems dropped significantly or stayed stable for 89 percent of children 2 years after entering a system of care. Suicide attempts also dropped significantly, with attempts among children age 14 to 18 dropping by more than half within 6 months of entering a system of care and by more than two-thirds after 18 months.
  • Improved school performance. The percentage of children attending school regularly increased from 74 to 81 percent 6 months after entering systems of care. Academic achievement increased as well, with the percentage of children with passing grades increasing 31 percent after 18 months in systems of care.
  • Fewer arrests. Arrests fell by more than half, from 27 percent upon entering systems of care to 11 percent at 18 months. This resulted in a cost savings of $829 per youth.

“Those outcomes are not just of interest to the mental health field, but to everyone,” said Ms. Sondheimer.


Every Child's Mental Health Matters



  Statistics on Substance Abuse,  
  Mental Health  
State by State Estimates

State by State Estimates

Every state faces a different set of challenges with substance abuse and mental health issues, including binge drinking and depression.

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) recently updated its data on discharges from treatment facilities.


  Treatment Updates  
TIP 50: Literature Review

TIP 50: Literature Review

Part 3 of TIP 50, Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment, is available.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Need, Barriers

Many people who need treatment for an alcohol problem are not seeking help. Why?

National Directory Updated and Available

National Directory Updated and Available

An updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is available.


  Real Warrior Campaign  
Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

The Real Warriors Campaign is fighting the stigma of asking for help.


  Prevention Update  
Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail sales of tobacco products to young people continue to drop.

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parents play an important role in preventing substance abuse.

Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

New funding, Web site redesign to improve navigation, and more.


  Grants  
Prevention Awards

Prevention Awards

To advance community-based prevention programs, $190 million to 25 grantees.

Calculating Program Allotments

A new guide provides information on procedures to calculate allocations for some key block and formula grants.

Drug Free Communities: Continuation Awards

More than 500 community coalitions nationwide recently received Drug Free Communities (DFC) continuation awards for their programs.


  Health Reform  
Nine Core Principles

Nine Core Principles

Ensuring current reform efforts include mental health and substance abuse issues.


  Mental Health  
Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Changes are coming to create “whole health,” person-centered care.


  Adolescents & Young Adults  
Need Treatment? Many Say No

Need Treatment? Many Say No

Nearly 7 million Americans age 18 to 25 were classified as needing treatment in the past year.


  Recovery Month  
Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Get up–to–the–minute updates on September's events.


  Also in this Issue  
Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Does dad's drinking affect his adolescent children?

Methadone Advisory

New information on the dangers of methadone in combination with other drugs.



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