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Spring 2013, Volume 21, Number 2

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Featured Articles
Preventing School Violence: A Sustainable Approach

Preventing School Violence: A Sustainable Approach

When it comes to protecting students from violence, it's not enough to focus only on security measures, such as hiring security guards, locking doors, or developing emergency plans, said Michelle Bechard, lead public health advisor in the Mental Health Promotion Branch of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services.

View from the Administrator: Diverting Youth from the Juvenile Justice System

View from the Administrator
Youth Behavioral Health: Strengthening Families, Schools, Communities

When people with mental health conditions or substance use disorders do not receive the proper treatment and supportive services they need, crisis situations can arise affecting individuals, families, schools, and communities.

National Dialogue on Mental Health

National Dialogue on Mental Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, led by SAMHSA, is spearheading a new national dialogue on mental health proposed by the White House. The U.S. Department of Education is also assisting in the effort.

Boston Marathon Tragedy
Responding to the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Responding to the Boston Marathon Tragedy

In the aftermath of the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon, SAMHSA has been working hard to address the traumatic impact and provide mental health support.
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Also In This Issue
Family Networks Offer Communities Hope

Family Networks Offer Communities Hope

Joan McGarry spent countless hours meeting with school specialists, requesting that her youngest son be evaluated. "We knew at an early age that he was going to have some struggles" Ms. McGarry recounted.
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Health Homes: A Strategy to Improve Care

Health Homes: A Strategy to Improve Care

What is a "health home"? Despite its name, a health home is not a physical place. Instead, it's a strategy for helping people with multiple chronic conditions manage those conditions better.
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SAMHSA Prevention Day 2013

SAMHSA Prevention Day 2013

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., welcomed over 1,800 prevention professionals, state and community partners, and grantees from around the country for SAMHSA's ninth annual Prevention Day.
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SAMHSA In Brief
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2013

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2013

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week, May 12 – 18, 2013

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol, or Mental Health Problem?

Two New SAMHSA Resources Now Available in Spanish

SAMHSA recently published "Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol, or Mental Health Problem?" and "Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster Fact Sheet" in Spanish. Both products are now available on the SAMHSA Store.