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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Affordable Care Act has made behavioral health care more accessible. It has also increased the need for trained service providers. SAMHSA recently launched a new strategic initiative to address the workforce shortage.
See also a related message from the SAMHSA Administrator.
New Resources & SAMHSA Events
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit – Revised
- Taking Action: A Mental Health Recovery Self-Help Educational Program
- Substance Use and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 NSDUH
- State and Territory Underage Drinking Prevention Videos
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SAMHSA just released "Leading Change 2.0" its strategic plan for fiscal years 2015 to 2018. Check out the six Strategic Initiatives that will support and promote behavioral health across the nation!
People with a serious mental illness typically experience the first signs during adolescence or early adulthood. Yet long intervals frequently occur before they receive assistance. SAMHSA is helping states use part of their Community Mental Health Services Block Grant to address the need.
Hospital emergency rooms are not the only option when a mental health crisis occurs. Learn more about crisis services that offer an array of prevention and response alternatives.
New findings show that using alcohol early in life can increase the odds of substance use issues in adulthood. SAMHSA programs and resources are available to prevent and reduce youth drug use.
SAMHSA's 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows areas of continued improvement – especially for youth.
SAMHSA's recently released annual report on federal and state efforts to comply with the Synar Regulation show that all states continue to meet their goals of reducing illegal tobacco sales to minors.
Looking for ways to prevent bullying? The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit highlighted successful strategies and resources to prevent bullying and promote a positive school climate.
The new KnowBullying app from SAMHSA provides parents and caregivers with information about bullying, warning signs, conversation starters to talk with children, and tips for working with schools.
A new SAMHSA Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy focuses on reducing behavioral health disparities among American Indian/Alaska Native populations.
Recovery Month featured the release of new study findings and SAMHSA resources to address important behavioral health issues.
Check out SAMHSA’s latest resources and recent events.