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

Dr. Eric B. BroderickFrom Dr. Broderick

Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being for Children, Families

At SAMHSA, our vision is to promote the opportunity for all children and youth to live full and productive lives in the community—to have an education, preparation for employment, and meaningful relationships with family and friends. To achieve that vision, SAMHSA supports efforts to improve outcomes for children and youth with or at risk for mental health problems, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

Children’s mental health is best understood across the developmental lifespan from birth through adolescence and within the context of their families, schools, communities, and cultures. The potential impact of adverse early childhood experiences on adulthood clearly demands that we look “upstream” and promote mental health early in life.

Efforts to promote mental health need to be structured along a continuum: identifying problems early, intervening appropriately, and ensuring access to treatment and other recovery services.

Parents and other caregivers are a child’s first and foremost teachers. They need to have confidence in their own parenting abilities and feel supported by schools and health care providers. Programs that address issues of parents and other caregivers increase the potential for positive health outcomes.

SAMHSA’s Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and Their Families, highlighted in this issue of SAMHSA News, illustrates the benefits of including families and youth as critical partners in decision-making. They must be an integral part of the process, not just recipients of services. (See Coordinating Care for Children with Serious Mental Health Challenges.)

Children’s mental health is the foundation on which they build their future lives. It is up to policymakers, in concert with parents and others who can help influence the outcome, to ensure that children have every opportunity for mental well-being that will enable them to be contributing members of their families, their communities, and their Nation.

Eric B. Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Acting Administrator, SAMHSA



  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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