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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2010, Volume 18, Number 4 

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Disaster Relief Resources

If you or someone you care about needs help, contact your health care provider to get connected with trained and caring professionals. Anyone in crisis or thinking about suicide should call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is important to seek professional help if you need it.

Following are Federal resources as well as local resources and hotlines in the Gulf states.

Federal Resources

Agencies and offices across the Federal Government offer resources in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

SAMHSA

SAMHSA Disaster Response

Tip Sheets for Coping with Traumatic Events (for general public, parents, teachers, and disaster response workers)

SAMHSA Disaster Kit Materials (for first responders, local and state service providers, and disaster survivors)

SAMHSA Immediate Response Information Specific to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Other Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

National Library of Medicine

State Helpline Numbers

Florida:

Florida Oil Spill Information Line
(888) 337-3569
(877) 955-8773 (Spanish)
(877) 955-8707 (Creole)
(800)955-8771 (TDD)
(800)955-8770 (voice)

BP Hotline and Community Info
(866) 448-5816

The following community-based behavioral health helplines are in the eight counties most immediately at risk. These combine behavioral health provider and United Way-funded hotlines.

ESCAMBIA & SANTA ROSA COUNTIES:
Lakeview Center - Baptist Health Care, 24 hours / 7 days,

HelpLine (850) 438-1617,
TeenLine, (850) 433-TEEN (8336)

First Call for Help Information and Referral
(850) 595-5905

OKALOOSA COUNTY:
Bridgeway Center Behavioral & Educational Centers, Crisis Line, 24 hours/7 days,

Fort Walton Beach, (850) 244-9191,
Crestview, (850) 682-0101

First Call For Help information Center, M F 8 am 5 pm
Okaloosa County (850) 243-9111
Walton County (850) 951-0800

WALTON COUNTY:
Chautauqua Offices of Psychotherapy and Evaluation, C.O.P.E. Center Helpline 24 hours / 7 days

DeFuniak Springs
(850) 892-HELP, (850) 892-4357
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-2220
1-800-955-8770; 1-800-955-8771 TDD

BAY & GULF COUNTIES:
Life Management Center

850-522-4485

Information and Referral
850-617-6333

FRANKLIN & WAKULLA COUNTIES:
Apalachee Center

850-523-3333

2-1-1 Big Bend, Crisis Intervention Hotlines, 24 hours / 7 days,
Helpline 211: Dial 211 or (850) 224-NEED (6333)
1-800-352-5683 Toll-free Statewide

Alabama

AltaPointe Health Systems, Inc., 5750-A Southland Drive Mobile, AL 36693, 251-450-2211 Crisis

Baldwin County Mental Health Center, Gulf Oil Crisis Counseling Hotline, 372 S Greeno Road Fairhope, AL 36532, 800-558-8295

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Spirit Coastal Recovery Counseling Program, free telephone-based counseling, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, 1-866-310-7977

Mississippi

Mississippi Dept of Mental Health, Office of Constituency Services Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1-877-210-8513, (601) 359-6295, (601) 359-6230 (TDD)

Texas

Suicide and Crisis Center, (214) 828-1000

Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc., (713) 468-5463

2-1-1 Texas, formerly known as First Call for Help, available statewide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; online assistance for information and referral network is available at http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/tirn/tirnhome.shtml


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response

SAMHSA efforts make behavioral health a top priority.



  From the Administrator  
Coping with the Oil Spill

Coping with the Oil Spill

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., talks about participating in public forums in the Gulf states. Read more.

What’s in a Term:  Latest Responses

What’s in a Term: Latest Responses

SAMHSA has received more than 250 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Recovery Month  
Ready for Recovery Month?

Ready for Recovery Month?

September is here! Visit RecoveryMonth.gov for details on the biggest celebration yet!



  Multicultural Outreach & Data  
Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

For Chinese, Hispanic, and Native young adults, new public service campaigns focus on mental health.


  Trauma  
Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

When children lose loved ones, what happens then? Also read about creating a trauma narrative.

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health for Service Members

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health

SAMHSA recently convened a Policy Academy to help soldiers as they return from the battlefield.


  Trends  
Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

More treatment admissions report abuse of pain relievers.

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Marked changes have occurred in admissions for substance abuse treatment in the past 10 years.


  Statistics  
In the ER:  Reports on Suicide Attempts

In the ER: Reports on Suicide Attempts

What substances showed up in emergency rooms related to suicide attempts by adolescents and young adults?

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

State-level analyses update data on alcohol abuse, cocaine, pain relievers, and more.


  Women & Substance Abuse  
New Data on  Women Who Work Full Time

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

How does employment affect women’s substance abuse and treatment?


  Suicide Prevention  
Remember the Lifeline!

Remember the Lifeline!

Feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  Medicaid  
Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Read about a program that helped increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent.


  Other News  
Treatment Directory Available

Treatment Directory Available

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2010 is now available.

Entertainment Industry Meets with Treatment Experts

SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark participated in an expert panel to discuss accurate depictions of substance abuse in entertainment.



  


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