This new report from the Montana Healthcare Foundation shows how Medicaid expansion significantly increases access to care for mental illness and substance use disorders and supports a long-needed transformation in Montana’s behavioral health system.
Research into nearly 200,000 Montana death records from the last two decades has put hard numbers to anecdotes about suicides and drug- and alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic. The report, by University of Montana School of Journalism Professor Lee Banville, is published on the American Communities Project’s website and shows that death rates significantly increased in 2020 in communities categorized as “Graying America,” “Native American Lands” and “Working Class Country.”
Q&A with Janie Marsh Gullickson, Director, Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon (video and transcript)- Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO) peers have built and maintained relationships with jail staff, court teams, transition and release counselors, local law enforcement, parole and probation officers, and child welfare. We are people who may have even been involved in those systems, and these system partners have witnessed our journey from client to team member now serving people right alongside them. All this is accomplished while staying true to the core values and principles of peer work.
In 2019, opioid use disorder (OUD) decreased significantly to 1.6 million from 2.0 million in 2018, suggesting that efforts to increase access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), psychosocial and community recovery supports have made a significant impact.1The purpose of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grants is to address the opioid crisis by in-creasing access to MAT; reducing unmet treatment need; and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths. This purpose is accomplished by supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for OUD. SOR supplements current state and territory opioid-related activities and supports a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, SAMHSA distributed approximately$1.4 billion in SOR funding.
The 2017 State Health Assessment (SHA) and 2019—2023 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) were published in February 2019 after a public comment period. An updated version of the 2019 SHIP was released in January 2020 and again in February 2021 to include refined objectives for improved monitoring and evaluation; several objectives in the original documents did not have baseline data calculated and targets established, both of which are now included for all objectives. The SHA and the SHIP are published on the A Healthier Montana website and were developed in collaboration with the State Health Improvement Coalition, a group of statewide health partners.
Providing harm reduction supplies, including sterile injection equipment and naloxone for overdose reversal, reduces morbidity and mortality for people who use drugs. Yet, despite the strong public health imperative, scaling these services to people in need has been slow and inadequate. Syringe service programs (SSPs) that distribute these supplies are unavailable in many areas of high need in the USA. Online access and mail-delivery may be a modern solution to problems that have limited the impact of harm reduction for decades.
Partnership to End Addiction Advocacy Toolkit You are interested in advocacy, but where do you begin? What does it mean to advocate? How do you do so effectively? This toolkit provides you with an introduction to advocating on the issue of addiction. It explains what advocacy is and highlights why it’s so important and powerful. Get tips for building relationships and effectively communicating with members of Congress, learn about important advocacy needs in the addiction field, and gain guidance for getting involved. You can use these tactics to advocate at any level of government (i.e., federal, state, local).
This guide presents three evidence-based practices that engage and improve outcomes for youth and young adults with co-occurring SED/SMI and substance misuse or SUD. These approaches will assist clinicians, behavioral health organizations, primary care providers, schools, insurers, transformation experts, and policy makers to understand, select, and implement evidence-based interventions that support youth and young adult mental health. These include psychosocial interventions, family behavioral therapy, medication, proactive outreach, and use of web-based and other technologies.
Theoretical Framework and Impact of the Phoenix Sober Active Community Model – The Phoenix is a sober active community that provides free, active and engaging programming – such as rock climbing, CrossFit, yoga, dance classes and social events – to […]
In 2017, in an attempt to coordinate community efforts to most effectively address the issue of substance abuse and misuse, the United Way of Yellowstone County partnered with stakeholders across the community, forming the Substance Abuse CONNECT Coalition.
The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model alleviates decades-old challenges that have led to a crisis in providing access to mental health and addiction care. CCBHCs are responsible for directly providing (or contracting with partner organizations to provide) nine types of services,1 with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination and integration with physical health care. The demonstration program represents the largest investment in mental health and addiction care in generations.
This handbook provides guidance on using the web-based, multimedia tool Decisions in Recovery: Medications for Opioid Addiction. This handbook and the web-based tool offers information about medication-assisted treatment. Both resources help people living with opioid use disorder compare treatment options and discuss their preferences with a provider.
In the field of drug abuse prevention amongst youth, another factor adds to the appropriateness of peer-to-peer communication. Since most youth, are by definition, not eligible to hold positions of power in their society, they find themselves, subject to authority. It is this power differential that makes communication between adults and youth difficult, and likewise, it is the equality in power status between youth, that makes peer based communication successful.
Peer-run respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. These places offer a supportive, home-like environment during times of increased stress or symptoms.
An interconnected web spreading across our Native Nations carrying the message of cultural knowledge about recovery for individuals, families and communities. The web is a live entity that was born out of the work that White Bison created after the Elders told about a healing time that has come.
Tobacco and mental health challenges and solutions
Tobacco smoke can interact with your medications. It is the smoke, not the nicotine that causes the interactions.
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training).
This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.