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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
SMA 08-4335.



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 .



Study on Web-Based Substance Abuse Interventions (posted 8/7)

Posted: August 07, 2009

Web-based Interventions: Private, Personalized, and Proven

Problem drinking in Western societies contributes to disease and death as well as social and economic woes. Yet only a small number of people with alcohol problems – 10 to 20 percent – ever seek and participate in treatment. This study examined the real-world effectiveness of a 24/7 free-access, anonymous, interactive, and Web-based self-help intervention called Drinking Less (DL) at www.minderdrinken.nl. Findings show that DL can help problem drinkers in the privacy of their own homes.

Results will be published in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View .  For more information click here .



Grants.gov Offers Feature to Apply for ARRA Grants (posted 8/7)

Posted: August 07, 2009

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has unveiled a new feature on Grants.gov to help users find and apply for The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant opportunities. Grants.gov contains information about finding and applying for all federal grant programs.  The launch of this Recovery Act feature on the homepage of Grants.gov will direct users to Recovery Act opportunities, other Recovery Act resources, upcoming Webinars and links to www.whitehouse.gov/recovery  and www.recovery.gov .

Working together across government to provide additional information to new grant applicants, HHS will host on behalf of Grants.gov a Webinar series on Aug. 13, 18 and 20, 2009. The Webinar sessions are targeted towards potential grant applicants.  The Webinar series topics include: Introduction to Grants.gov and the Recovery Act, Finding Recovery Act Opportunities and Registration to Submit Recovery Act Opportunities.  Each Webinar session will include time for questions and answers.  All Webinars will be recorded and made available to view on Grants.gov after each series is completed. More details for registration can be found on Grants.gov in the new Recovery Act feature on the homepage.  To register for the webinars click here .



Online Competition to Radically Rethink Mental Health (posted 8/6)

Posted: August 06, 2009

Ashoka’s Changemakers and the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched a global competition to explore innovations that allow individuals, families, communities, and society to move past narrow perceptions of mental health and expand our understanding and collective involvement in finding solutions.

The Rethinking Mental Health: Improving Community Wellbeing collaborative competition is building a platform that will give everyone the freedom to shatter outdated stigmas and stereotypes. This competition aims to push us closer to systems-changing innovations within the field of mental health, sparking compelling conversation, and extracting targeted solutions that radically take existing interventions to new heights.

Click here to read the RWJF news release.  Click here to learn more and apply.  Applications are due October 14, 2009 .



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