News & Announcements
Open Enrollment Period for 2018 Health Insurance is November 1 to December 15, 2017
Posted: September 11, 2017
Get ready to apply for health insurance coverage! Open enrollment for 2018 runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. This is a shorter enrollment period than in previous years. Open Enrollment is the yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan.
Over the pasts few years, SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) has developed materials to help uninsured individuals better understand what health insurance is, how to get it and how to use it. OBHE focused on reaching diverse racial and ethnic populations so some of the materials are in Spanish, French Creole, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean and Vietnamese.
Please share these tools with your colleagues and community organizations to ensure that uninsured racial and ethnic minority populations get support to enroll in public or commercial health insurance plans.
You don’t have to wait until November 1 to start getting the information you need to make the right choice of an insurance plan. Here are some ways to get started:
These materials have been developed and updated over the past three years. We hope these will be helpful in navigating the upcoming open enrollment period. For more information go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/resources.
We are trending in the right direction. Let’s continue to reduce the number of uninsured people and give all communities the opportunity for good health, good behavioral health, and thriving healthy lives!
National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life (September 8-10)
Posted: September 10, 2017
September is the month when those of us who work in suicide prevention make a special effort to reach out and remind the public of the toll that suicide takes on our families, communities, nation, and world. This year, the second weekend in September (September 8-10) has been designated a National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life. This observance is an initiative of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Faith Communities Task Force. It is part of their Faith.Hope.Life Campaign, which asks faith communities in the United States, regardless of creed, to focus one Sabbath each year on preventing suicide.
Read more on ActionAllianceForSuicidePrevention.org.
Suicide Prevention Month: Tools, Stories, and Information to Inspire Change
Posted: September 08, 2017
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. To those in the healthcare community and countless mental health and substance abuse allies, suicide prevention is a year-round mission. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans and among the top five causes of death for those ages 10 to 54.
Fortunately, numerous federal, state, and local public and private agencies are working to reduce suicide deaths and detect warning signs sooner. We have recognized the importance of screening, early and regularly, for suicide and mood changes outside of strictly behavioral health settings with a focus on prevention.
As agents of care, whether as administrators, clinicians, or caregivers, valuable resources exist to guide our prevention efforts.
Read more on Integration.SAMHSA.gov.
Give an Hour™ Offers Free Mental Health Services in Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas
Posted: September 07, 2017
Give an Hour™ a national nonprofit 501 (c)(3), founded in September 2005, announces that it is opening its network to provide immediate and long term mental health support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Give an Hour will extend these services to those affected by Hurricane Irma should the need arise.
As the flood waters begin to recede in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, Give an Hour is partnering with the American Red Cross to bring mental health and emotional support services to those affected. While some people will be in immediate need of intensive mental health treatment, many more people will be in need of someone who can provide emotional support and assistance. As our nation closely watches the approach of Hurricane Irma, Give an Hour stands ready to help those affected by this massive storm as well.
“Give an Hour is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to provide this essential mental health support and we are grateful to our network of 7000 generous mental health professionals – many of whom are already stepping up during this time of need”, said Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour. “Some Give an Hour providers may join efforts on the ground – others in our vast network will offer phone support to the thousands who need their compassion, expertise and assistance. We all have gifts to give to those who are hurting.” Since 2005, Give an Hour has provided free and confidential mental health care to those who serve, our veterans, and their families – providing over 224,000 hours of free care valued at nearly $23M. Give an Hour has since expanded efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations.
Read more on BusinessInsider.com.
NNED Partner of the Month
Posted: September 01, 2017
In order to highlight pockets of excellence across the country the NNED selects an organization to highlight once a month. Didi Hirsch has been selected as the Partner of the Month for September in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month.
Didi Hirsch transforms lives by providing quality mental health and substance abuse services in communities where stigma or poverty limit access. From 11 sites and in nearly 100 schools, the agency helps almost 100,000 adults and children throughout Southern California each year. Its Suicide Prevention Center - the first in the nation to provide 24/7 crisis counseling - receives over 80,000 calls on its Crisis Line annually and provides support groups for people who have lost loved ones to suicide or have attempted it.
The agency's Suicide Prevention Center's Crisis Line has language capabilities in Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Learn more about their Crisis Line services.
View a list of previous NNED Partners of the Month here.