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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2008, Volume 16, Number 5 

Conference Partners, Topics

SAMHSA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) collaborated with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cosponsor the 2008 conference as they did in March 2006 for “The Road Home,” the first conference for returning veterans on behavioral health.

At the 2008 conference, state partners included the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).

Other Federal agencies and private organizations, listed below, presented throughout the August 11 event.

Presenting agencies included:

  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • U.S. Department of Labor.

Presenting organizations included:

  • Altarum Institute
  • Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
  • Informed Interventions
  • Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Transfer Center
  • Military Child Education Coalition
  • Minnesota Army National Guard Reintegration Program
  • National Business Group on Health
  • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • New Directions Program
  • Purdue University
  • States of Connecticut, California, and North Carolina
  • Texas A & M University System
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Western Regional Medical Command
  • Zero to Three.

Topics discussed included:

  • Community partnerships among mental health, substance abuse, and veterans and military services
  • Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Special concerns of women veterans
  • Experiences of military families
  • Prevention of homelessness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Workforce issues
  • Labor and employment strategies
  • Program development and planning
  • Promising approaches to veterans’ services by states.


Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for programs related to children's mental health, suicide, drug-free communities, and others.

Grant Awards Update

  National Survey on Drug Use  
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Youth Substance Use Declines

From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, new national data show a drop in illicit drug use among youth and an increase in adult prescription drug misuse.

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Drugs and Youth: Chart Shows 2002 to 2007 Data

Marijuana, cocaine—changes in use of selected illicit drugs among youth, 2002 versus 2007.

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Recovery Month Testimonials

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  Mental Health  
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Making Mental Health Services Accessible

Can primary care doctors help with mental health problems? New strategies to overcome barriers associated with reimbursement.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Disclosure

What are the risks and benefits of revealing a mental health problem to friends or coworkers?

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Bullying: Starting the Conversation

Bullies are out there—SAMHSA resources can help parents and educators address the problem.

  Substance Abuse  
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Mutual Support Groups: Fact Sheet for Providers

What do you know about mutual support groups? Providers can help connect clients with groups that help people achieve recovery.

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First-Time Versus Repeat Admissions

New SAMHSA data reveal characteristics of first-time and repeat admissions to substance abuse treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Registry Posts 100th Evidence-Based Practice

NREPP reaches a milestone—find out how the Registry can link communities to interventions specific to their needs.

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