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Analysis of Federal Programs to Assist Transition-Age Youth (posted 12/16)

Posted: December 16, 2009

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released an updated document that outlines and analyzes 56 programs funded by the Federal government to assist transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions.  In this document entitled, Moving On, the Bazelon Center identifies 56 programs, run by 20 or more different agencies in nine departments of the federal government and provides fact sheets that have information about the program’s purpose, services and funded activities, the administering federal agency, grantee and beneficiary eligibility, and a brief assessment of the program’s impact. To download the document click here.  For more informatoin click here.



Medicare to Pay for HIV Testing (posted 12/10)

Posted: December 10, 2009

On December 8th the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its decision to cover HIV screening for Medicare beneficiaries.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 19 percent of all U.S. residents with AIDS are age 50 or older.  The U.S. Preventive Task Force found that the evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for HIV infection is reasonable and necessary for early detection of HIV and is appropriate for individuals entitled to benefits.  For more information click here.



SAMHSA News Bulletin Provides Grant Writing Tips (posted 12/10)

Posted: December 10, 2009

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) most recent news bulletin contained a section entitled, How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal.  Tips include: planning ahead, having someone who hasn't helped to write the application read it over, and creating good boiler-plate language that can be re-used in future grants.  To download the section of the newsletter on grant writing click here.  To download the grant writing manual that SAMHSA developed in 2007 from the SAMHSA website click here.



New Initiative to Address HIV Treatment Barriers (posted 12/10)

Posted: December 10, 2009

Based on the results of a national survey, the National AIDS Fund and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company have announced their intention to launch "Positive Charge," a new multiyear initiative aimed at helping to break down the barriers that prevent people living with HIV from receiving HIV care, treatment and necessary support.  Bristol-Myers Squibb commissioned a national survey over the past year to better understand the barriers to HIV testing, care and treatment and the survey concluded that there are significant personal, societal and structural barriers that prevent people from taking action.  To read the press release click here.  For more information click here.

“Positive Charge” is an outreach initiative designed to support programs customized to meet the unique needs of individuals living with HIV, and is dedicated to working with health care providers, community members, advocates, caregivers and families of people living with HIV/AIDS in order to assist them in overcoming the barriers that may be preventing them from  getting the HIV care, treatment and support they need.  “Positive Charge” is also designed to make meaningful contributions to the scientific exchange and policy and advocacy dialogues to the benefit of people living with HIV/AIDS.



Overview of Mental Health Research Findings 2007- 2009 (posted 12/8)

Posted: December 08, 2009

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new publication highlighting some of the major findings from AHRQ intramural and extramural research projects on mental health, which were published between 2007 and 2009.  The brief entitled Mental Health Research Findings includes information on addiction and substance abuse, cognitive impairments, depression, disparities (page 15), and health information technology, among other topics.  To view the brief in html format from the AHRQ website click here.  To download the brief in pdf format click here.



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