News & Announcements
White House Launches Fatherhood Initiative (posted 8/15)
Posted: August 15, 2009
On their website, NPR (8/11) reported that the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership launched the national fatherhood tour, which will "go around the country holding town hall meetings to discuss the importance of fatherhood and speak with community organizations about what policies best work to build strong families." President Obama has appointed 27-year-old Pentecostal minister Joshua DuBois to lead the initiative, which "is not just targeting African-American families. 'This is about kids who are growing up without responsible role models in their families, and that is for all American families regardless of their background,' DuBois says." He also stated that he "encourages all Americans to get involved by letting his office know what programs in local communities are working to strengthen families." To listen to the story on NPR click here .
Resource Guides on Supporting GLBTQI Individuals with Mental Illnesses (posted 8/14)
Posted: August 14, 2009
Two New Resource Guides on Supporting GLBTQI Individuals with Mental Illnesses
Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (posted 8/14)
Posted: August 14, 2009
The APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates. Even though the research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality, regardless of sexual orientation identity, the task force concluded that the population that undergoes SOCE tends to have strongly conservative religious views that lead them to seek to change their sexual orientation. Thus, the appropriate application of affirmative therapeutic interventions for those who seek SOCE involves therapist acceptance, support, and understanding of clients and the facilitation of clients’ active coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, without imposing a specific sexual orientation identity outcome. To download the report click here .
Updated Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs (posted 8/10)
Posted: August 10, 2009
A new, updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is now available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2009 provides information on thousands of alcohol and drug treatment programs located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five U.S. territories.
The National Directory includes a nationwide inventory of public and private substance abuse and alcoholism treatment programs and facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved by substance abuse agencies in each state. The National Directory is organized in a state-by-state format for quick reference by health care providers, social workers, managed care organizations, and the general public and provides information on more than 11,000 community substance abuse treatment programs. The directory gives important information on levels of care and types of facilities, including those with programs for adolescents, persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women. In addition, the SAMHSA directory includes information on forms of payment accepted, special language services available with select providers, and whether methadone or buprenorphine therapy is offered.
The directory complements the online Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator , a searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs that shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems.
To order the National Directory free of charge call SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727). Request inventory number
Mental Health Care Costs Soaring (posted 8/10)
Posted: August 10, 2009
The U.S. News and World Report finds that Mental Health Care costs are exploding. According to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services, spending on mental illness is increasing more than other health care category. The report shows that at the same time, the number of Americans who sought treatment for mental health issues almost doubled. To read the U.S. News and World Report article click here .