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New Research Aims To Improve Treatment Of Opioid Use Disorder In Criminal Justice Settings

Jul 24 2019
NIH has announced the formation of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings. Individuals with OUD who are incarcerated often struggle to access appropriate treatment, putting them at increased risk for relapse or overdose when they transition back to their communities. As part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Initiative, JCOIN will establish a national network of investigators working to improve intervention and treatment strategies for this population. To learn more, please visit the NIH website.

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Telepsychiatry Significantly Increases Children’s Access to Mental Health Treatment

Jul 15 2019
Nearly half of all children with mental health conditions in the U.S. do not receive treatment. Many states have established telephone hotlines that allow primary care doctors to virtually consult with a child psychiatrist, reducing the need for specialist appointments. Using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, NIH-funded researchers at the RAND Corporation have shown that children living in states where this service is available are more likely to receive mental health care. This evidence supports further expansion of telepsychiatry to reduce the treatment gap. To learn more, please visit the RAND website.

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SAMHSA and CMS Issue New Guidance For States And Schools To Support Student Mental Health

Jul 01 2019
SAMHSA and CMS have jointly released a new resource bulletin for educators, advocates and administrators preparing for the coming school year. Schools can fill a critical role in identifying children and adolescents who are experiencing mental health or substance use issues and connecting them to necessary treatment and support. SAMHSA and CMS provide examples of school-based services, identify applicable Medicaid state plan benefits and summarize best-practice models for implementing mental health services for students. To download the guide, please visit the SAMHSA website.

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