For the past four years, SAMHSA has issued the Behavioral Health Barometer as a snapshot of the nation’s behavioral health. The Barometer is a unique compilation of facts and figures on issues such as substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and related treatment. The findings are broken down into major groups according to age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, income, and access to health insurance.What does the Barometer tell us? For starters, it shows the national annual prevalence of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. In 2015, about 12.5 million persons aged 12 and over reported misusing prescription pain relievers, and about 828,000 reported using heroin.
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Sometimes, people who are addicted to drugs like heroin and pain killers are treated with medications such as methadone and buprenorphine. There are specific laws that determine for how these medicines can be used.SAMHSA Yeses guidelines to interpret these rules and help programs and health professionals apply them safely and correctly. The rules also set the minimum standards of care for all OTPs and the staff that work at the OTP. New research, evidence of effectiveness and and changes in how health care is provided and financed mean that the guidelines, last Yesed in 2007, needed to be updated.
Monday, February 10, 2014 | 2 p.m. Eastern TimeCall-in Number: 888-603-9226 | Passcode: 5470260The Opioid Overdose Toolkit educates community members, first responders, opioid prescribers, patients, family members, and overdose survivors on ways to prevent and intervene in an opioid overdose situation. The toolkit explains how to use the drug naloxone to prevent overdose-related deaths.Anyone who uses opioids for long-term management of pain may be at risk for overdose, as are those who use heroin. The good news is, we now know that the drug naloxone can be used as an antidote to opioid overdose and can prevent opioid-related deaths when administered in a medically appropriate and timely manner.
Why Quality Measures in Behavioral Healthcare are Important to You: Weighing in on SAMHSA’s National Behavioral Health Quality Framework (NBHQF)
By: Peter J. Delany, PhD, LCSW-C; Director, SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and QualityEnsuring that high-quality prevention, treatment, and recovery services are available to individuals with substance use and mental disorders is a critical part of improving the overall health of the Nation. Assessing and tracking the quality of that care greatly increases the likelihood of improved health outcomes and that services are consistent with current science and profession expertise. To further this goal, SAMHSA has developed the National Behavioral Health Quality Framework (NBHQF) which allows SAMHSA and the field to examine and prioritize quality prevention, treatment, and recovery elements at all levels of the healthcare system.
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The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) would like to recognize April as Sexual Assault/Awareness Month. Sexual Assault involves unwanted sexual contact that affects people of all genders, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Specifically, Native American women are suffering tremendously from this form of violence within their communities. According to the Department of Justice, “Nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner; one in three will be raped in their lifetime; and on some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average”.