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Preventing Suicide Takes a Public Health Approach

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Co-authored by: Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, Director of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services "Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off...

Suicide Prevention: Remembering A Dear Friend

Mary Giliberti | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

Every person has value. That's why the loss of lives to suicide is a profound tragedy and why September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Raiding Opioid Efforts To Fight Zika Highlights Our Terrible Government

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The threat of Zika — and Congress’ inability to respond to it — is shining new light on how little official Washington really car...

What Uncle Kevin's Lived Expertise Taught Me

Kevin Hines | Posted 08.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Kevin Hines

Kevin Joseph Ryan was many things. To many in the San Francisco Bay area, he was a lifesaver. To my family, he was the one who brightened our days. To me, he was Uncle Kev.

Impaired Driving, SAMHSA, And The DOT: It's... Complicated

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Michael D. Shaw

Federal regulation of the trucking industry dates back to 1935, via the Motor Carrier Act of that year, which extended the authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC itself was created in 1887 in response to public outcry against abuses perpetrated by the railroad industry.

Join Basic Rights Oregon for IGNITE -- a Gala Celebration of LGBTQ Progress

Buster Ross | Posted 10.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Buster Ross

The Gala this year promises to be the best yet. Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is Oregon's main political advocacy and education organization working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 10.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Yuko

A report released on October 15 is a major step in President Obama's commitment to expand the number of states enacting "Leelah's Law," which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.

Federal Report Calls For End To 'Conversion Therapy' For LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report Thursday calling for an end to the practice of "...

Bringing Innovation to Mental Health Services

Pamela Hyde | Posted 05.22.2016 | Impact
Pamela Hyde

At SAMHSA, all of us are committed to our mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 7, 2015

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Dr. Victor Schwartz

The Jed Foundation is honored to be partnering with SAMHSA in celebrating this important event in helping raise awareness of adolescent and young adult mental health.

The Politics of Suicide and Depression

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

These recent SAMHSA survey results provide a golden opportunity for a scientific and societal shift to reconsider what about American society and culture is resulting in emotional suffering and self-destructive behaviors, especially for certain groups.

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to o...

President Obama's Plan to Address Our Nation's Urgent Mental Health Needs

Pamela Hyde | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela Hyde

The president has taken important steps to increase the capacity of the mental health system in the U.S. With the support of Congress, SAMHSA can build on its leadership and success to help all Americans -- including those with SMI -- lead healthy, full, and productive lives in their communities.

Ryan Grim

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Failing Drug Courts | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, sai...

5 Reasons We Should Stop Talking About 'Recovery' For Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Let's keep talking about behavioral health for everyone. But let's stop talking about recovery for serious mental illness and start celebrating people whose brain disorders cause them to live with health challenges comparable to those experienced by cancer patients. The word we need, in the face of so much loss, is hope. Mental illness is not a choice. But hope is. Even in the face of tragedy, today I choose hope.

The Hall of Shame -- Who Is Failing the Severely Ill?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.28.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

The mental health industry works very hard to convince government to throw money at "mental health" problems that are very broadly and loosely defined, instead of having a clear focus on delivering basic services to the seriously ill.

New Bill Decreases Mental Health Funding, Increases Mental Illness Funding

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Rep. Murphy proposed the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis" Act to reorient the mental health system away from it's focus on serving the largest numbers of the highest functioning and back towards providing treatment for the most seriously mentally ill.

SAMHSA Slammed by Congress... And for Good Reason

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

The problems preceded sequestration. Several representatives noted that sequestration makes it more imperative, rather than less to focus SAMHSA resources on the most seriously ill.

Supporting Children's Mental Health

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Research has shown us that intervening early at the individual, family, and community level can delay or prevent the on-set of mental and substance use disorders. We also know that these can be treated, and individuals with these conditions can lead healthy productive lives.

New California Bills Could Improve Treatment for Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.28.2013 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

California has two major laws that were specifically enacted to help persons with the most serious mental illnesses: Laura's Law and the Mental Health Services Act. Neither has worked as promised and on February 22, 2013, four new bills were introduced to fix them.

Action Plan for Obama to Reduce Violence by Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Though mental illness is as yet unconfirmed in the Newtown killer's case, here is what the federal government can do to prevent violence related to mental illness.

Federal Focus On Bi And Trans Health: An Interview With SAMHSA's Dr. Michelle Carnes

Amy Andre | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Andre

Dr. Carnes is part of SAMHSA's Sexual and Gender Minority Interest Group, which put together a panel on LGBT behavioral health -- and they didn't skimp on addressing the needs of those of us at the end of that acronym. I connected with Dr. Carnes to learn more about the program.

SAMHSA Statistics Ignore 500,000 Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Excluding certain groups has led SAMHSA to understate the incidence of serious mental illness and overstate the percentage who receive treatment.

Meet the Mental Health Needs of People With Dementia

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun to develop a long-term plan regarding dementia. The planning advisory committee for this project includes a representative of the Substance Abuse and Services Administration and representatives of other federal agencies.

Gabrielle Giffords and Mental Illness One Year Later

DJ Jaffe | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Congress has the power to improve care and derivatively prevent violence. More money is not needed. Smarter spending is.