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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
March/April 2010, Volume 18, Number 2 
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Take Action in Your Community

Take Action in Your Community

National multimedia campaigns from SAMHSA and the Ad Council are currently focusing on suicide prevention, underage drinking, and mental health among African Americans. Read more . . .

About the Campaigns


Suicide Prevention

Helping teens through tough times means identifying an authentic message with a positive tone that teens can embrace and share.

Underage Drinking

Beginning with a conversation, the right conversation, parents can help their children understand why drinking is dangerous.

Mental Illness & African Americans

Stories That Heal seeks to spread the word to young African Americans that it’s okay to talk about depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Additional Resources

Promising data are available in a recent report, Substance Abuse among Black Adults.

  More on Underage Drinking  
Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Reducing alcohol use among young people is the goal of SAMHSA’s Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) program. Read about grantees in Ohio, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

What is your community doing about underage drinking? Nearly 1,800 communities have recently completed or are planning to hold town hall meetings to discuss how to stop underage drinking.

State Estimates on Underage Drinking

Combined 2006 to 2008 data indicate that 27.6 percent of persons age 12 to 20 drank alcohol in the past month. Data are from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

  Women & Substance Abuse  
Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Gender makes a difference when looking at the physical effects of substance use. To address the specific needs of women, TIP 51 can help providers offer effective, up-to-date treatment.

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Comparing data from 1992 and 2007, SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report offers data on changes in admission rates.

  Treatment Updates  
Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Who needs treatment for substance abuse? Thousands of full-time employees who have no health insurance. A new report from SAMHSA examines substance abuse treatment need.

Free Treatment Available

Some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding scale fee. How many do? See data from SAMHSA’s National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).

Opioid Treatment Programs: An Overview

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance. What are the similarities and differences among OTPs? A new recent N-SSATS report offers data. Another report presents an overview of OTPs.

  Evidence-Based Practices  
Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Part of the Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series, two new KITs are available. One is on Supported Employment, and one is on Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders. Two other KITs are now available.


Find Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment - SAMHSA's 24-Hour Toll-Free Referral Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP - www.samhsa.gov/treatment


What’s in a Term?

SAMHSA’s Administrator begins the conversation about words and phrases we use and don’t use in our field. Read the article by Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.



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  From the Administrator  
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Considering Language in Our Field

Do you use certain terms to describe our field? See terms.


  Budget  
Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Agency outlines a budget request totaling $3.7 billion.

More on the Budget . . .

Established programs, new initiatives, and SAMHSA’s Budget Authority by Activity and the Agency’s Congressional Justification.



  Grants Updates  
Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Mental Health

Five national behavioral health care provider associations recently received funding.


  Media & Messages   
Art & Children’s Mental Health

Art & Children’s Mental Health

Every day is Children’s Mental Health Day: “My Feelings Are a Work of Art.”

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

Share the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Minds on the Edge

Minds on the Edge

Facing mental illness is the subject of a PBS program.


  Recovery Month  
Flyers Available

Flyers Available

For 2010 celebrations, the flyers are available in print and online.


  Inhalants  
Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Thousands of children age 12 to 17 with pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma used inhalants.


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