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November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 
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Screening, Brief Interventions: New Populations, Effectiveness Data

Screening, Brief Interventions: New Populations, Effectiveness Data

The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program at SAMHSA provides help in an ever-growing list of venues. SBIRT is expanding to include the next generation of service providers through a new medical residency grant program. Read more . . .

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Normalizing Screening

In Colorado, the goal is to make SBIRT the standard practice across the state.

Reaching an Isolated Population

In Alaska, the Tanana Chiefs Conference seeks to bring SBIRT to 42 villages.

Training the Next Generation

In Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh teaches medical students about screening.

At the APHA Conference

SAMHSA’s Jack Stein facilitated a presentation on the upcoming SBIRT evaluation report.

  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

After the swearing in ceremony, Ms. Hyde exchanged greetings with SAMHSA staff. Photos are included.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

A recent study on lessons learned at the state level may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law. Read the full text of the journal article.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Bringing to life stories from the mental health recovery movement requires both the entertainment industry and consumer leaders. They shared the honors in Hollywood. Photo gallery.

  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes teaching, coaching, and mentoring. SAMHSA’s new Treatment Improvement Protocol is now available.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

What are appropriate responses to who may need help? A report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

A cross-agency, unified approach is recommended by SAMHSA’s National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.

  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State-by-state reports are presented by gender on behavioral health problems experiences by young people.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free “Take the first step to recovery” wallet cards in English and en español. The cards feature SAMHSA’s Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.


Happy New Year from the SAMHSA News team. We appreciate your feedback, comments, and recommendations for upcoming issues.



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  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Recent Requests for Applications included SAMHSA’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

Homelessness Resource Center recently edited 11 journal articles.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

New online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



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