SAMHSA In Brief
SAMHSA's Budget Affirms Commitment to Behavioral Health
SAMHSA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget requests $3.4
billion. This budget reflects the Administration’s priorities
in challenging economic times. Although it represents a 4
percent decrease ($142 million) from FY 2012, the budget
supports SAMHSA’s efforts to increase access to and improve
the quality of behavioral health services nationwide through
fiscally responsible approaches. It also reflects a continuing
commitment to SAMHSA’s roles in surveillance and quality,
public awareness and support, regulatory oversight, practice
improvement, and providing a voice for behavioral health
issues within all aspects of health and human services.
The budget also provides continued support for SAMHSA’s
prevention and trauma and justice strategic initiative areas.
It includes $500 million for expanded and refocused substance
abuse prevention and mental health promotion grants to States,
Territories, and Tribes to bring evidence-based prevention
strategies to scale nationwide.
Click here for more details on the FY 2013 budget request.
SAMHSA Releases Two New Resources
Now available in the SAMHSA Store are two resources from SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series providing best-practice guidelines and state-of-the-art information to behavioral health care providers about effective treatment approaches. TIP 53: Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People with Substance Use Disorders helps improve care for clients with substance use disorders and viral hepatitis. It enables behavioral health professionals to understand the implications of a diagnosis of hepatitis, as well as educate, counsel, and support clients and their families. TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults with or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders equips clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic noncancerous pain in adults with histories of substance use disorders. By providing a shared basic understanding of and a common language for these two chronic conditions, this TIP facilitates cooperation and communication between health care professionals treating pain and those treating addiction.
Order these and other materials by visiting
http://www.store.samhsa.gov or by calling 1–877–SAMHSA–7.