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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2008, Volume 16, Number 6 

New Advisory Council Members

SAMHSA recently announced the appointment of two new members to its National Advisory Council and three new members to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Advisory Council.

Both councils are 12-member panels of experts that meet to advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and SAMHSA’s Administrator on public health matters related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. The CSAT Advisory Council also advises the Center Director.

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New members of the National Advisory Council are:

  • Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., distinguished professor and associate dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and director, Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University. Her research focuses on public health epidemiology, substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and interpersonal violence.
  • Flo A. Stein, M.P.H., chief, Community Policy Management, North Carolina Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. She manages community-based substance abuse, mental health, and developmental disabilities programs and serves as the president of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).

New members of the CSAT Advisory Council are:

  • Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Director, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services. He leads a systems transformation process that focuses on recovery for adults, resilience for children, and self-determination for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Carrick Anne Forbes, student and speaker. A recovering survivor of heroin addiction, she has begun academic work toward credentialing as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor.
  • Peter C. Formaz, NCAC-II, LAC, Behavioral Health Services, Benefits Healthcare, Helena, MT. He operates an outpatient drug and alcohol behavioral health facility that offers an opiate treatment program. Mr. Formaz is northwest regional vice president of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

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  Women, Addiction, & Recovery  
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Conference Coverage & Related Stories

  Returning Veterans  
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Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges

From mental health issues to sexual harassment—what’s being done to help.

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Veterans & Major Depressive Episode: New Data

Last year, more than 300,000 veterans experienced MDEs.

  Suicide Prevention  
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New Media Increase Options

Virtual suicide prevention efforts are helping.

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Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

Milestone for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  Training Manuals  
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This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual offers basics on successful detox.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual discusses treatment for opioid addiction.

  Data on Youth  
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Inhalant Use & Depression

Some adolescents are three times as likely to start using inhalants—find out why.

Mental Health Settings: New Data

Do young people get mental health services at school more often than at specialty treatment centers?

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Out-of-Home Treatment

Effective treatment options for young people.

  Also in This Issue  
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2008 Science & Service Award Winners

For best practices, 29 organizations honored.

Grant Updates

Awards announced.

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Advisory Councils

Five new members for SAMHSA’s Advisory Councils.

Treatment Line Gets National Attention

Oprah promotes SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment line as a resource.

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Voice Award Nominations

You have until March 2009 to cast your vote.

Primary Care Settings

Mental health may improve with treatment location.

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