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New from SAMHSA: Telehealth for Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Telehealth is the use of two-way, interactive technology to provide health care and facilitate client/provider interactions. Telehealth modalities for SMI or SUD may be synchronous (live or real time) or asynchronous (delayed communication between clients and providers). Telehealth has the potential to address the treatment gap, making treatment services more accessible and convenient, improving health outcomes, and reducing health disparities.

Celebrate Juneteenth with Supporters of the 8 Changes for Racial Equity

Join the National Institutes of Health community along on June 19, 2021 to celebrate Juneteenth – a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US. We encourage you to walk for a distance of 1.9k or do another wellness activity (running, stretching, dancing, breathing exercises, etc.) for a duration of 19 minutes. The NIH Fitness Center will be leading a 19-minute fitness activity available for registered participants to join virtually on June 19th at 10am EDT.

Fentanyl Test Strips: Fact Sheet Now Available

 

To help curb the spike in drug overdose deaths largely driven by fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced, on April 7, 2021, that federal funding can now be used to purchase fentanyl test strips (FTS).  FTS are disposable, single-use tests that can detect the presence of fentanyl or fentanyl analogs in a substance.

Learn more about fentanyl test strips in the new fact sheet from the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association. 

Suicide and Serious Mental Illness: An Overview of Considerations, Assessment, and Safety Planning

Suicide and Serious Mental Illness: An Overview of Considerations, Assessment, and Safety Planning

SMI Adviser and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center have created a new guide addressing serious mental illness (SMI) and suicide. The resource provides an overview of the considerations and suicide prevention measures at the intersection of suicide and SMI.

 

The guide explores:

Risk and protective factors related to suicide
Suicidal ideation
Best practice in suicide risk assessment
Assessment tools
Safety planning
 

The Northwest PTTC 2021 Prevention Workforce Needs Assessment

The Northwest PTTC is interested in learning about the training, technical assistance and resource needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce in HHS Region 10 states:  Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington substance misuse prevention practitioners.

 

Pride Month Behavioral Health Resources

Editors' Note: This story ran in our June newsletter, published June 4.

 

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Populations Information & Resource Kit (SAMHSA) - This kit equips prevention professionals, health care providers, and educators with information on health issues among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. It includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.

 

The Northwest PTTC Launches its 2021 Prevention Workforce Needs Assessment

The Northwest PTTC is interested in learning about the training, technical assistance, and resource needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce in HHS Region 10 states Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

In collaboration with NIH's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the NIH Fitness Center, and other NIH Institutes/Centers, Supporters of 8CRE invite you to MOVE FOR EQUITY on June 19, 2021. We encourage you to move for equity with us by walking, running, stretching, dancing, doing breathing exercises, or another form of fitness for a distance of 1.9K or a duration of 19 minutes. Additionally, NIH Fitness Center will host a 19 minute exercise in celebration on June 19th at 10am EDT (https://www.facebook.com/NihRwFitness/).

Celebrate Juneteenth with Supporters of the 8 Changes for Racial Equity (8CRE) and NIH

Join the National Institutes of Health community along on June 19, 2021 to celebrate Juneteenth – a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US. We encourage you to walk for a distance of 1.9k or do another wellness activity (running, stretching, dancing, breathing exercises, etc.) for a duration of 19 minutes. The NIH Fitness Center will be leading a 19-minute fitness activity available for registered participants to join virtually on June 19th at 10am EDT.

Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

This guide, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reviews ways that telehealth can be used to provide treatment for serious mental illness and substance use disorders among adults. It includes a brief overview of the current landscape of telehealth, current evidence on the effectiveness of telehealth, guidance for implementing evidence-based practices, examples of telehealth implementation in treatment programs, and resources for evaluation and quality improvement.

CBTp Position Statement: CBTp as the Standard of Care

 

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and SAMHSA have partnered with lead authors to develop two publications on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) that address the importance of the routine availability of CBTp in the United States: