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Addiction Prevention and Treatment Resources from RWJF (posted 4/12)

Posted: April 12, 2010

Over the course of two decades, grantees supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) forged new pathways in the Addiction, Prevention and Treatment (APT) field. RWJF has developed a webpage that contains videos, case studies and other materials created by Laufer Green Isaac (LGI) that document best practices, strategies, and key research findings for use by researchers, policy makers, and other thought leaders as the Foundation completes its APT projects by 2011. The webpage includes videos, case studies, communication tools, and promising practices. To view the webpage click here.



Mental Health Experts Applaud Focus on Parity (posted 4/12)

Posted: April 12, 2010

On January 1, 2010, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 went into effect, with interim final regulations issued on January 29. Passed as part of the stimulus package, this law ends discrimination against consumers of mental health and substance abuse treatment services in many health insurance plans. That means it gives consumers better access to the care they need. "The passage of this landmark legislation was the culmination of years of work by consumers, providers, advocates, and others," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "This historic occasion marks the beginning of improved coverage for an estimated 113 million Americans." For more information on Mental Health Parity from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration click here.

In addition to the implementation of Mental Health Parity, advocates and experts are thrilled at the passage of health care reform that will extend the benefits of mental health parity to millions of people who will now receive health insurance, reports the New York Times. "There are no exact figures, but the mentally ill are more likely to be uninsured than the general population, advocates and researchers say. 'A lot of this still has to play out in terms of how parity works,' said Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, an advocacy group. But the new law 'can change the mental health system in America and really give families and individuals an opportunity to get a level of access to care we could only fantasize about before this became law,' he said." To read the article click here.



Guam Celebrates Alcohol Awareness Month (posted 4/12)

Posted: April 12, 2010

In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month in April Guam's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has launched a social media campaign titled One Nation to promote healthy behaviors and alcohol-free, tobacco- free and other drug-free lifestyles on Guam and the outer islands. "We wanted to capture the essence of our island culture featuring local people that embrace our cultural values of family, respect, identity and that live a healthy and alcohol-free lifestyle that could be modeled by others,” Christine Camacho, Public Information Officer for Guam’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse said.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) reports, "Focus group participants said they were fed up with alcohol billboards and sponsorship of community events, low or discount pricing of alcohol at venues such as restaurant happy hour events, and there was signage that promoted binge drinking across the street from some elementary schools. Residents knew they needed a change, and the change had to start with them, Camacho said. 'We like to have big fiestas, to celebrate everything, and we serve alcohol with everything, Camacho said. 'It is socially acceptable for our elders to ask the kids to get them a beer.' Now, with a partnership with Foremost Bottling Company of Guam, island residents can symbolically toast their celebrations with specially-designed water bottles, she said. To reduce the social acceptability and norm that alcohol is part of the Guam and Pacific island culture, the Guam Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Prevention and Training hopes implementing their One Nation campaign reclaims the Pacific Island cultural values of respect and family using a positive approach. Data from the territory’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System reveals that both heavy drinking and binge drinking are significantly higher among adults on Guam as compared to the U.S. Heavy drinking among Guam males is almost double that of U.S. males (10.7% vs. 5.6%), while binge drinking among Guam males is 65% higher (34.5% vs. 20.9%)." For more information on One Nation click here. To become a fan of the Facebook page click here. To read CADCA's report click here.



Panel Discussion on HIV/AIDS in the Black Community (posted 4/8)

Posted: April 08, 2010

A panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists Conference on Health Disparities, March 5th, featured Greg Millet from the White House Office of Domestic AIDS Policy and Phil Wilson, President and CEO of Black AIDS Institute. The panel focused on HIV/AIDS incidence statistics in the black community from the perspective of social determinants of youth, and how to stop the epidemic in the black community.

HIV/AIDS in Communities of Color - NABJ Conference on Health Disparities March 5, 2010 from Greater Than on Vimeo.



Mothers with Depression Don’t Receive Adequate Mental Health Care (posted 4/8)

Posted: April 08, 2010

A new study out of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds that about 65 percent of mothers who suffer from depression do not receive adequate treatment for their condition. Of the 2,130 mothers in the study, 9.5 percent reported experiencing depression. Of these women, 37.9 percent did not receive any treatment, 27.3 percent received some treatment, and just 34.8 percent received adequate treatment for depression. Significantly, mothers who received adequate treatment were more likely to be 35 years or older, white, or have completed some college. The study also found that black mothers were nearly 80 percent less likely to receive adequate treatment for depression than white mothers. In fact, all minority mothers were less likely to receive adequate care for depression than white mothers. For more information click here. To read the abstract click here.



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