UTTM - August 11, 2016
SAMHSA Seeks Comment on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force wants to hear from patients, families, consumer advocates, providers, insurers and other stakeholders on their experience with mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements. Share your feedback here. The deadline to comment is August 15, 2016.
DEA Rejects Marijuana Re-Classification
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will not re-classify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses. Although this change will not be made, the DEA will increase the number of authorized marijuana manufacturers supplying researchers. To read more, click here.
Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam Available Online
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has announced that individuals with lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder may now take the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam online. The online version is the same as the in-person version with the same parameters. Test takers will have a maximum of three hours to complete the exam and will need a passing score of 70 percent. If you are interested in taking the exam online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include first and last name and indicate interest in taking the exam online.
Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery Launches Revamped Website
Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR) has launched a new website. The new resource features information on advocacy, educational outreach, recovery support services, recovery resources, volunteer opportunities and more. The website also provides information about the 2016 Ohio Rally for Recovery that will take place on September 23, 2016 at the Ohio Statehouse. To see the new website, click here.
Infections Associated With an Increased Risk of Suicide Death
A study published by JAMA Psychiatry shows that being hospitalized with infection was associated with an increased risk of suicide death and the highest risk of suicide was among those individuals with hepatitis and HIV or AIDS. The study further suggest hospitalization with infection was linked to a 42 percent higher risk of suicide death compared to those individuals without infection. Also, the more infections and the longer the treatment, the higher the apparent risk for death by suicide, according to the results. To read more, click here.
Recovery Is Beautiful Highlight
A new video is up on the Recovery Is Beautiful website. In this video, Craig, an individual in recovery, talks about what recovery means to him! Craig explains that for him, recovery means he has another chance to gain vision of who he really is and has given the opportunity to give back through ministry. To see the full video, click here.