The human mind is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Even in early infancy, it is capable of taking in a wide variety of inputs. Still, in our early years, we’ve only unlocked a small portion of its potential. Our brains actually continue to develop into our twenties. Accordingly, the U.S. Government embraces a definition of youth that continues until we turn 25.
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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.
SAMHSA announces the launch of the National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
The opioid crisis is affecting communities across the country. Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Prescription drugs, especially opioid analgesics — a class of prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone used to treat both acute and chronic pain — have increasingly been implicated in drug overdose deaths over the last decade. From 1999 to 2013, the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled. Deaths related to heroin have also increased sharply since 2010, with a 39 percent increase between 2012 and 2013.
Helping those with serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their loved ones is critically important to SAMHSA and is a core component of our mission. And we cannot do it alone. That is why SAMHSA is so fortunate to have the help and partnership of so many other federal and state agencies. Working within HHS and across agencies to focus the collective support on SMI and SED issues means that SAMHSA can have an even bigger positive impact despite very limited resources.By a ratio of 7 to 1, the Medicare and Medicaid programs outspend all other federal programs for services for children, youth and adults with mental illnesses, including SMI.