Guest Post By: John Draper, Ph.D., Director of the National Suicide Prevention LifelineWhen I was a kid, I loved Marvel comic books. As much as I indulged my imagination in the workings of superheroes back then, I never could have imagined that, decades later, Captain America would be an ally of mine in promoting
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Parity, mentioned in both the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and in the Affordable Care Act is a concept that is often misunderstood. In an effort to relieve some of this confusion, today we are going to breakdown what parity is and is not, who it applies to and what the purpose of parity is.
What Is Parity?
Parity is defined as equal or equivalent, at symmetry, not favoring one over another, or fairly matched.
By presidential proclamation, December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This month seems particularly suited to this observation because traffic fatalities that involve impaired drivers increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.[i] But impaired driving is a roadway hazard that exists throughout the year.
An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV and one out of five individuals doesn’t know they are infected.  World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1 to raise awareness about HIV, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services and the first ever National AIDS Strategy in the United States.Why is World AIDS Day relevant to SAMHSA’s mission? The answer is simple. Behaviors associated with substance abuse fuel HIV transmission in the United States. 
By Kathryn Power, Director CMHS and Military Families Strategic Initiative LeadWhen SAMHSA employees and contractors reported for work on Tuesday, November 9, each person found a button on his or her chair asking, “Have you thanked a Veteran today?” Beneath the button was a flyer inviting them to attend a SAMHSA Veterans Day Observance, which featured Korean War Veterans discussing their experiences on the 60