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Bringing Innovation to Mental Health Services

Pamela Hyde | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 06.03.2012 | Gay 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.

Supercommittee: Eliminate SAMHSA

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

An op-ed on SAMHSA I wrote in the Washington Times begins: Presidents Ford and Reagan and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were all attacked by people with u...

Charlie Rangel on Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

My feeling was that Congressman Rangel, like most Americans, does not understand that the billions going to "mental health" services are not going to the seriously mentally ill.

Improve Care For Mentally Ill: Eliminate Mental Health Agencies

DJ Jaffe | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

In this week's National Review, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, of the Treatment Advocacy Center, argues that to improve care for people with mental illness, Pr...

Devastating Spill, Devastating Feelings

Peggy Conlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peggy Conlon

"I didn't know what to do with myself" "I have to make house payments and boat payments" "I worry about myself and my wife. I don't know how we can ...

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Is Nothing to Celebrate -- In Fact, It Doesn't Even Exist

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

Right now, well meaning mental health advocates are busy hosting events to reduce the "stigma" of mental illness. Except that there is no 'stigma' to having a mental illness. There is discrimination.

Time To Help Discovery Channel Survivors With Invisible Wounds

Michelle Renee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Renee

My job led to my being taken captive, held hostage, threatened with death, and taped with explosives. Sound familiar? I know about the realities of ...

Have We Become Comfortably Numb to Violence and Abuse?

Michelle Renee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Renee

We are bombarded with gruesome images day in and day out. From tweens on up, what we see in the media, in movies and on the Internet is making us numb to it all.