Archives – 2015 to Present

Archived SAMHSA News articles from 2015 to the present are found on this page. Earlier articles are found at the 2002-2014 Archive page.



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Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Health Insurance Marketplace is the one-stop-shop to find an affordable plan. Open Enrollment started on November 1 and runs through January 31, 2017.
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Insight from States on Parity

SAMHSA recently released a new guide to assist states in promoting equity in behavioral health care coverage.
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New Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Archived 02/08/2017 Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a number of new actions to address the ongoing...


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Social Media During a Crisis

Social media has shifted the way we respond to news events and disasters, where information can be shared at lightning speed. Behavioral health organizations must find ways to respond and communicate accurate information quickly.
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Suicide Cluster Prevention on Campus

Efforts are underway to prevent “suicide clusters” – an unexpectedly high number of suicides occurring close together in time or space – on college campuses.
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Using ICD-10 for Behavioral Health Codes

(Updated: 1/14/16) Beginning October 15, behavioral health providers began coding for diagnosis and in-patient procedures for all patients with substance use or mental disorders covered by the Health...
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Technology Challenge Winners Announced

Earlier this year SAMHSA initiated two technology challenges—one to prevent opioid overdose and another to assist offender reintegration. Technology specialists, subject matter experts, and representatives...
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Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health

Journalists will find this new resource a helpful tool when reporting stories that include individuals with behavioral health concerns. The Carter Center published the Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral...
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Five Tips for Parents to Prevent Drinking in College

The transition from high school to college is a big shift – and parents provide essential guidance and information to keep their young adults safe and healthy. Although a student may be open to discussing...
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Winners of the 2015 Voice Awards

The 10th anniversary of SAMHSA's Voice Awards took place on August 13 and the star-studded recognition included actors Wayne Brady and Brittany Snow who were recognized with SAMHSA's Special Recognition Award
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SAMHSA in Vietnam

Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), SAMHSA has helped facilitate programs that are changing the perception and treatment of addiction in Vietnam.
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New Report Reveals Ethnic Behavioral Health Disparities

A new SAMHSA report looks specifically at behavioral health by other influencing factors such as race and ethnicity (white, African American, Asian American/Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Latino, and Native American), income level, geographic location, and health insurance status.
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Chartbook Notes Population Differences in Mental Health Services

The 2015 Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults chartbook provides national estimates of mental health service utilization among adults aged 18 or older within different racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
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Ending Chronic Homelessness

For Robert M., finding a safe home was a big challenge - job loss resulted in eviction, and then substance use escalated. SAMHSA has been pioneering programs to end chronic homelessness while promoting wellbeing.
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Highlights from National Prevention Week 2015

National Prevention Week took place in May 2015. As SAMHSA held its press event highlighting the importance of prevention, communities and organizations around the nation celebrated and participated to
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Jail Diversion Programs Help Youth

Approximately 1.9 million youth under the age of 18 were arrested in 2009. And in many cases, these young people have unmet needs for behavioral health services.
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Recovery Support Services Enhance Change

Recovery residences are just one example of recovery support services that help people recovering from mental and substance use disorders – including serious mental illnesses – get and stay well, find housing, get an education or a job, and live full lives in their communities.

Suicide and Middle-Aged Men

The death of Robin Williams shocked the nation and raised awareness about the growing concern of suicide by middle-aged men. But mental health experts are embarking on new strategies to prevent and more effectively work with this population.
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Managing Chronic Pain & Medication Misuse

Learn how health care providers are using new tools to help patients manage chronic pain while limiting long-term health risks and without misusing addicting medications.
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New Suicide Prevention App

SAMHSA's newest suicide prevention resource, the Suicide Safe mobile app was released in March to promote prevention strategies that help health care professionals and others to address suicide risk.
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Better Data to Improve Behavioral Health

A new partnership between SAMHSA and USDA will provide better data and information about behavioral health in America – especially rural and hard-to-reach communities.
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Improving Mental Health in America

A recent SAMHSA report revealed that among the 10 million adults with serious mental illness, nearly 70 percent had received mental health services in the past year. SAMHSA continues to support improvements to mental health in America.
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Preventing the Misuse of Prescription Painkillers

Prescription medications can be a powerful tool among the treatments for acute or chronic pain, but they can have unintended consequences if used inappropriately – especially for people in recovery from a substance use disorder.
By Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.
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Webinar Series: Addressing Serious Mental Illness

SAMHSA is hosting a series of webinars to address serious mental illness (SMI). The webinars will take place between May and August 2015. Each webinar will describe new and emerging practices across a variety...
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New Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs

SAMHSA recently released a revised Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs. Updated from the previous 2007 guidelines, the new publication contains best practices and modifications that include...
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Alcohol Use Disorders and Medication-Assisted Treatment

SAMHSA recently released Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide for primary care physicians and behavioral health specialists. The guide is based on a review of current evidence...
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Do Your Part for Prevention Week!

"The Voice of One, the Power of All." This year National Prevention Week will take place from May 17 to 23, and SAMHSA is gearing up with many activities to increase public awareness and preventive action
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New Tool to Create Data Tables

A new tool was recently released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). The simple, two-step process allows you to create your own tables and graphs using SAMHSA health data. This...
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Addressing Gambling Problems

Lottery tickets, bingo games, blackjack at a casino, the Friday night poker game, the office sports pool, gambling Web sites, horse and dog racing, animal fights, and slot machines—there are now more...
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Highlights from Prevention Day 2015

This February, more than 1,600 prevention practitioners, community leaders, researchers, scientists, consumers, and advocates in the behavioral health field convened in National Harbor, Maryland, to...
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Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health

SAMHSA’s Advisory addresses the increased use of spice and bath salts as mood-altering substances primarily among youth. These products sometimes contain substances that are toxic and dangerous. See the...