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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

Gender Differences in Adolescents

To highlight gender differences among adolescents and their varying levels of substance use and mental health problems, SAMHSA recently developed 52 new short reports.

Adolescent Behavioral Health: States in Brief, available on the SAMHSA Web site, provide data on adolescents age 12 to 17 in each state, the District of Columbia, and the country as a whole.

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The state-by-state breakdowns are presented by gender on substance abuse and mental health problems experienced by adolescents. Data on treatment facilities and admission factors are also included.

Through a variety of charts, graphs, and accompanying text, the reports highlight topics, such as adolescents’ risk perceptions associated with substance use, levels of underage smoking, prevalence of illicit substance and alcohol use, number and type of treatment facilities, trends concerning those seeking treatment, and levels of those needing but not receiving treatment.

For the public health community and state and local authorities, these data may help in the development of community programs targeted to the specific needs of adolescent boys and girls.

Data come from the three national surveys sponsored by SAMHSA—the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Treatment Episode Data Set, and the National Survey on Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

These reports are available on the SAMHSA Web site.



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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