The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) are holding a national webinar on how the HRSA NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs can be used in the behavioral health field on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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SAMHSA is looking for your comments on how to improve mental health care in our communities. Register today for our upcoming listening session. America is facing a critical need for mental health services. Over 9 million adults in the United States are living with a serious mental illness, and 1 in 5 children have an identified mental health disorder.
The Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act mean that more people with behavioral health conditions can get treatment. That’s great news, but one big problem remains: There just aren’t enough behavioral health professionals to provide services and supports.
SAMHSA is already working to address the workforce shortage through fellowships and other programs. However, much more needs to happen to meet our nation’s ever-increasing demand for behavioral health services.
This week, SAMHSA released its strategic plan for the next four years, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015 – 2018 (Leading Change 2.0).
The recent publication of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides an excellent opportunity to focus on the benefits of SBIRT in identifying those with alcohol and other substance use disorders. Over 2 million people have been screened in the eleven years SAMHSA’s SBIRT program has been in existence. Of those, only a small percentage screened positive for any “at risk” behaviors, with about 11 percent of those screened receiving a brief intervention. Without screening the substance use disorders of many of these people would have remained invisible. SBIRT gives providers and primary care physicians an opportunity to identify potential alcohol and substance misuse or abuse
A call for the equal treatment of all illnesses and conversation on the path to recoveryBy Susan Walker and Chris MarshallThere’s a statue at the entrance to the Italian embassy’s auditorium. I say statue, but as tastefully pointed out by an elegant plaque, it is in fact a “Marble Fragment of Statue, Syracuse, 3rd Century B.C.” Headless and heartless, it’s really only a pair of legs, but it still pulls off a certain elegant refinement (this is the Italian embassy after all!).