UTTM - July 7, 2016
HHS Announces New Actions to Combat Opioid Epidemic
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience survey questions, and a requirement for Indian Health Service prescribers and pharmacists to check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases before prescribing or dispensing opioids for pain. In addition, the department is launching more than a dozen new scientific studies on opioid misuse and pain treatment and soliciting feedback to improve and expand prescriber education and training programs. To read more, click here.
New Behavioral Health Resources for Ohio’s Deaf Community
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Disparities and Cultural Competence (DACC) Advisory Committee has released new behavioral health resources for Ohio’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The DACC Committee partnered with Ohio Association of the Deaf, Inc. to record videos in American Sign Language that focus on alcohol and drug addiction, suicide prevention, and the impact of trauma on lifelong wellness. Click the following to view/listen to the videos.
- What is Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Audio
- What is Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Video
- Suicide Prevention: Audio
- Suicide Prevention: Video
- Traumatic Events can Impact Wellness: Audio
- Traumatic Events can Impact Wellness: Video
Pediatricians Should Look for Risk Factors Linked to Teen Suicide
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for Pediatricians that includes looking for risk factors linked to teen suicide. The guidelines were first published in 2007, and were updated this year. Risk factors that are included in the guidelines include substance abuse, a history of physical or sexual abuse, mood disorders, identifying as LGBT, and bullying. To see more, click here
U.S. House Passes Mental Health Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives have passed a mental health bill. The “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” aims to improve the oversight and effectiveness of federal mental health programs, and authorizes a range of grants for treatment. The measure would create a new assistant secretary role in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to oversee mental health and substance abuse programs. The bill also authorizes grants for areas such as preventing suicide and early intervention for children with mental illnesses. To read more, click here
Recovery Is Beautiful Highlight
As we enter the dog days of summer, Recovery Is Beautiful has highlighted some tips on self-care particularly related to the summer! To see the self-care tips, click here.