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Latest Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Stories

2009-09-10 09:56:00

BALTIMORE, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement can be attributed to Victor Capoccia, director of the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (CATG) initiative: "The national data released today confirms that untreated alcohol and drug addiction remains at pandemic levels, with 23 million Americans suffering from the disease, approximately the same number that suffers from type 2 diabetes. But you wouldn't know it from the way our country responds to the problem. Only...

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2009-08-19 14:47:34

According to U.S. government statistics released on Wednesday, the baby boomer generation is still turning on to illegal drugs, doubling the rates of illicit drug use for the older generation. The number of people between ages 50 to 59 that admitted to using illicit drugs in the past year doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The rate among other age groups is the same or decreasing....

2009-07-27 11:46:00

RADNOR, Pa., July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council has been selected as the NIMH Outreach Partner for the state of Pennsylvania. Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council joins Outreach Partners in each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. In addition to the 55 state partners, there are over 80 National Partners, including professional, consumer, advocacy, and service-related organizations that represent groups primarily concerned with...

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2009-06-19 14:42:32

A U.S. study showed on Thursday that teenagers who live with alcoholic fathers, or even dads who drink in moderation, are more likely to have used drugs or had drinks themselves in the past year, AFP reported. The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that around one in five children aged 12 to 17 whose fathers did not drink in the past year had alcoholic beverages themselves, compared with a third of youngsters whose dads drank in moderation....

2009-05-08 04:00:00

Hawn, Sabrina Bryan, Solomon Trimble, and more than 40 mental health and child-serving organizations join SAMHSA to increase awareness of children's mental health WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight young performers living with mental health challenges from across the country joined child advocate Goldie Hawn last night for a celebration of resilience. The event was part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) "HEAR ME NOW: A Celebration of...

2009-05-07 07:00:00

New data reveal lower dropout rates and improved social and emotional well-being for youth in system of care programs WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Systems of care--coordinated networks of community-based mental health services and supports for children and youth with serious mental health challenges--are able to dramatically improve the academic, behavioral and emotional performance of participating youth according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...

2009-04-28 04:00:00

Disney's Cheetah Girls' Sabrina Bryan and Twilight's Solomon Trimble to co-host free National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day talent showcase at the Harman Center in D.C. WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that Goldie Hawn, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation, will receive the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award at its fourth annual National Children's Mental...

2009-01-07 11:03:03

A federal government report reveals that more than 1 in every 10 U.S. adults experienced serious psychological distress in the past year. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -- part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- said an estimated 24.3 million people ages 18 years or older experienced serious psychological distress in the past year, however, only 44.6 percent of them received any kind of mental health services. Eric Broderick,...

2008-12-17 11:28:00

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Missouri Behavioral Pharmacy Management Program (BPM) has been selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to receive one of their prestigious 2008 Science and Service Awards. These awards "recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions that have been shown to prevent and/or treat mental illnesses and substance abuse"(1). The program is a partnership between the Missouri...

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2008-11-25 07:57:11

A federal study, released on Monday, showed about 5 million Americans attend meetings of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous for alcohol and drug abusers, and nearly half of them reported remaining clean. Many communities with AA and Narcotics Anonymous groups were examined by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In meetings like these, people speak to others who are also grappling with the same issues involved in drug and alcohol abuse as well as their...