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Winter 2012, Volume 20, Number 1

Health Information Technology...What it means for you

Health Information Technology ... What It Means for You

As the Nation strives to increase access to affordable care, technology is playing a key role. Both health information technology (HIT) and its corollary, electronic health records (EHRs) are central to improving the delivery of services so that that all Americans— including those with behavioral health conditions—benefit from health care system reform. Read more.

Also In This Issue
Block Grants Respond to State Needs

Using Social Media to Save Lives

Suicide, the Nation’s 10th leading cause of death, is a preventable public health problem. Family members and friends of someone having suicidal thoughts may not know how to help, but SAMHSA and its grantees are using social media and smartphone apps to help them connect people to lifesaving services.
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>National Survey Shows Rise in Illicit Drug Use

Study Finds One-in-Five American Adults with Mental Illness

One in five adults age 18 and older in 2010 experienced mental illness in the past year, affecting 45.9 million adults across the United States, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report released in January.
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Thousands Celebrate During National Recovery Month

SAMHSA's Prevention Day 2012

More than 1,700 substance abuse professionals, grantees, and community partners gathered at the National Harbor in Maryland on February 6 for SAMHSA’s Prevention Day.
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SAMHSA Celebrates Behavioral Health Advances Over 20 Years

In 2012, SAMHSA is celebrating its 20th birthday—and the progress the behavioral health field has made in prevention, treatment, and recovery. Since SAMHSA was created in 1992, the behavioral health field has changed dramatically.
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From the Administrator
Embracing Health IT

Embracing Health Information Technology

As our country invests in the widespread adoption of health information technology (HIT), it is important to note the vast improvements this technology will bring to integrated, prevention-focused, health care delivery nationally.

SAMHSA's Budget Affirms Commitment to Behavioral Health

SAMHSA's Budget Affirms Commitment to Behavioral Health

The Fiscal Year 2013 budget reflects a continuing commitment to SAMHSA’s role in behavioral health.


SAMHSA Releases Two New Resources

SAMHSA Releases Two New Resources

Check out the latest in SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series.