Fall 2012, Volume 20, Number 3

SAMHSA News Archives

Each SAMHSA News issue from 2010 to 2002 is linked below. Each one includes a PDF file of the original print version. To order a free print copy from SAMHSA’s Store, click “order print” or call 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727).

By year: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002
By topic: Military and Military Families

2008 – Volume 16

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November/December 2008 – Number 6
Cover Story: Parity: What Does the New Law Mean? You’re probably convinced that mental illness and substance abuse disorders are just as important as physical problems. Now Congress is, too.
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September/October 2008 – Number 5
Cover Story: Returning Veterans and Behavioral Health. Major General Mark Graham and his wife Carol Graham knew their son Kevin had received treatment for depression.
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July/August 2008 – Number 4
Cover Story: Homelessness Services: Web 2.0 Connects Providers Online. Web 2.0. It’s the latest computer buzzword. But how can it be of use to service providers who work with people who are homeless?
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May/June 2008 – Number 3
Cover Story: Helping Young Offenders Return to Communities. “For many young offenders, moving up from the juvenile justice system to the full-fledged prison system is a rite of passage,” explained Christine Urban, L.M.H.C., C.A.S.A.C.
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March/April 2008 – Number 2
Cover Story: Screening Works: Update from the Field. In the 5 years since SAMHSA launched the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Initiative, the program has increasingly become an integral part of medical practice in clinics, emergency rooms, and other treatment settings.
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January/February 2008 – Number 1
Cover Story: Veterans & Their Families: A SAMHSA Priority. When Sgt. Dean Nist returned home to rural Somerset, PA, after Marine Reserve combat service in Iraq that included the battle of Fallujah, he found dealing with civilians difficult.
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2007 – Volume 15

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November/December 2007 – Number 6
Cover Story: Preventing Suicide on College Campuses. "I don't care. I don't really care about anything anymore." Those red-flag words, even if they don't explicitly say "suicide," can be a troubled college student's only call for help.
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September/October 2007 – Number 5
Cover Story: Reducing Wait Time Improves Treatment Access, Retention. Seeking help for a substance abuse problem can be one of the most difficult decisions people ever make.
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July/August 2007 – Number 4
Cover Story: Rural Substance Abuse: Overcoming Barriers to Prevention, Treatment. Think of rural America and tranquil images of farmland punctuated by red barns, black and white cows, and tiny towns may come to mind. But when it comes to substance abuse, the picture isn’t so idyllic.
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May/June 2007 – Number 3
Cover Story: Expanding HIV Assistance: Outreach, Testing for At-Risk Individuals. On a suburban street known as a hangout for drug abusers, a nondescript camper van pulls to the curb and stops.
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March/April 2007 – Number 2
Cover Story: Social Security Benefits: Outreach, Access, and Recovery. People who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses need much more than housing.
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January/February 2007 – Number 1
Cover Story: Older Adults . . . Treatment: What Works Best? For retired psychiatric social worker Trudy Persky, M.A., L.S.W., A.C.S.W., older people’s attitudes toward mental health issues boil down to one word: fear.
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2006 – Volume 14

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November/December 2006 – Number 6
Cover Story: Electronic Records: Health Care in the 21st Century. It's everyone's worst medical nightmare: an unexpected emergency forces you to get health care far from home.
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September/October 2006 – Number 5
Cover Story: Initiative Blends Research & Practice. Seventeen years. According to the Institute of Medicine, that’s the average gap between the time a researcher publishes a new research finding and practitioners out in the field actually put that finding to use.
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July/August 2006 – Number 4
Cover Story: Hurricane Recovery Guides Preparedness Planning. "What we learned from Hurricane Katrina is not to wait until the water is up to our knees before we start figuring out what to do," said hurricane survivor Michael Patrick, a New Orleans native.
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May/June 2006 – Number 3
Cover Story: Employment: Help for People with Mental Illness. Very few people with the most serious mental illnesses have jobs, according to Crystal R. Blyler, Ph.D., a social science analyst in the Division of Service and Systems Improvement at SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).
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March/April 2006 – Number 2
Cover Story: Incarceration vs. Treatment: Drug Courts. In many courtrooms, judges see the same defendants so often they're practically on a first-name basis.
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January/February 2006 – Number 1
Cover Story: Screening Adds Prevention to Treatment. To someone with an injury or sudden illness, a visit to a hospital emergency room can seem an endless stretch of anxiety and frustration punctuated by periods of boredom.
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2005 – Volume 13

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November/December 2005 – Number 6
Cover Story: Hurricane Recovery. In towns and cities along the Gulf Coast, survivors and first responders alike continue to show resilience and courage as they face the day-to-day reality of their devastated environment as best they can 3 months after Hurricane Katrina.
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September/October 2005 – Number 5
Cover Story: Recovery Is Key for Mental Health Action Agenda. Marking a milestone in the history of mental health and mental illness in America, SAMHSA recently released Transforming Mental Health Care in America—The Federal Action Agenda: First Steps.
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July/August 2005 – Number 4
Cover Story: Medicare Modernization Brings Big Changes. Medicare—the national health care program for Americans age 65 and older and younger people who qualify because of a physical or mental disability—is about to undergo the most dramatic change in its 40-year history.
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May/June 2005 – Number 3
Cover Story: Helping Iraq Restore Its Mental Health System. When the idea of closing Baghdad's Al-Rashad Mental Hospital first arose, Director and Consultant Psychiatrist Muhmmad R. Lafta, M.D., didn't believe it was possible.
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March/April 2005 – Number 2
Cover Story: Initiative Helps End Chronic Homelessness. When you’re in and out of psychiatric wards, said Gayle Scarbrough, it’s hard to maintain a place to live. Suffering from schizoaffective disorder and a drug addiction that only made her hallucinations more terrifying, Ms. Scarbrough slept in parks, under bridges, in shelters, anywhere she could.
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January/February 2005 – Number 1
Cover Story: Conference Explores High-Tech Treatments. A patient arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in rural Tennessee in acute need of psychiatric evaluation.
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2004 – Volume 12

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November/December 2004 – Number 6
Cover Story: SAMHSA Launches Rapid HIV Testing Initiative. SAMHSA has launched a Rapid HIV Testing Initiative, which will make available a "rapid results" HIV test and related support services to thousands of people who receive help from SAMHSA's programs.
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September/October 2004 – Number 5
Cover Story: Peer-to-Peer Program Promotes Recovery. For many people, the story that follows illustrates perfectly the philosophy of the Recovery Community Services Program at SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
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July/August 2004 – Number 4
Cover Story: Older Adults: Improving Mental Health Services. By 2030, the population of Americans over age 65 is expected to rise to about 71.5 million, compared to 35.6 million in 2002.
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May/June 2004 – Number 3
Cover Story: Across Borders: Reaching Out to Iraq. Thirty years of armed conflicts and a brutal dictatorship have eroded the health of the people of Iraq and devastated their system of health care.
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March/April 2004 – Number 2
Cover Story: SAMHSA Helps Bring Buprenorphine to the Field. Ask Anthony H. Dekker, D.O., about the ideal candidate for buprenorphine-based opioid dependence treatment, and he'll tell you the story of a patient who started injecting heroin again right after finishing a long prison sentence.
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January/February 2004 – Number 1
Cover Story: SAMHSA Helps Reduce Seclusion and Restraint at Facilities for Youth. At some mental health treatment facilities, children who misbehave risk being tackled, sat upon, and dragged to "seclusion rooms."
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2003 – Volume 11

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Fall 2003 – Number 4
Cover Story: From Subsistence to Sustainability: Treating Drug Abuse in Alaska. In the traditional subsistence culture of the Yup'ik and Cup'ik Eskimo people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of Alaska, the well-being of an individual or family can be measured, at least in part, by the capacity to prepare for the Alaskan winter.
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Summer 2003 – Number 3
Cover Story: Disaster Preparedness: Mental Health & Substance Abuse. The tragic loss of life from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was but one outcome of that day's horrendous events.
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Spring 2003 – Number 2
Cover Story: President Promotes "Access to Recovery". SAMHSA expects that a new initiative proposed by President George W. Bush will soon make treatment available for an additional 100,000 people a year.
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Winter 2003 – Number 1
Cover Story: SAMHSA Responds to Children's Trauma. When America was attacked on September 11, 2001, among those responding were the leaders and staff of 18 organizations newly chosen to be the first grantees of SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.
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2002 – Volume 10

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Fall 2002 – Number 4
Cover Story: National Strategy Seeks To Prevent Suicide. Terri Ann Weyrauch, M.D., seemed to have everything. She was a bright, beautiful young woman, board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, and in private practice in Chicago.
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Summer 2002 – Number 3
Cover Story: Medication-Assisted Treatment: Merging with Mainstream Medicine. Imagine you have a chronic condition such as hypertension and have been taking daily medication under medical care for several years.
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Spring 2002 – Number 2
Cover Story: Helping Children Exposed to Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, and Violence. Renee, now a married mother of two young daughters, was 8 years old when she was sexually molested by an adult.
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Winter 2002 – Number 1
Cover Story: Responding to Terrorism: Recovery, Resilience, Readiness. "America is coming to grips with a changed world," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson told participants attending a national summit in November, "When Terror Strikes: Strengthening the Homeland through Recovery, Resilience, and Readiness."
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By topic: Military and Military Families

Featured Articles
Suicide Prevention: A National Priority

Suicide Prevention: A National Priority

At age 16, Jordan Burnham was a popular high school student, always smiling and laughing. Being diagnosed with depression came as a surprise...

Portrait of Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA Administrator

View From the Administrator: Working Together to Prevent Suicide

Suicide is one of our nation’s greatest public health problems and it’s largely preventable.

Also In This Issue
With Peer Support, Recovery is Possible

With Peer Support, Recovery is Possible

When Lauren Spiro was 16 years old, doctors told her she had chronic schizophrenia and would never recover.

SAMHSA Responds to Recent Disasters

SAMHSA Responds to Recent Disasters

Hurricanes, wildfires, tornados, earthquakes, floods, and severe drought. The United States has recently experienced all of these.

Behavioral Health Benefits: New Access and Challenges

Behavioral Health Benefits: New Access and Challenges

Beginning on January 1, 2014, the estimated 11 million uninsured people with mental and substance use disorders will have access to health insurance coverage for the treatment they need to function successfully in their communities.

Tobacco Sales to Youth Lowest Ever

Tobacco Sales to Youth Lowest Ever

The United States continues to gain ground in its battle against tobacco sales to youth under age 18, as a new report shows the average national retailer violation rate has reached an all-time low.

New CHMS Director

New CHMS Director

Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., has been selected to serve as the next Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

Recent Events
Celebrating Recovery Month

Celebrating Recovery Month

Now in its 23rd year, the SAMHSA-sponsored National Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.

National Wellness Week

National Wellness Week

Cities from coast to coast joined together with SAMHSA to celebrate the second annual National Wellness Week, September 17-23.

Voice Awards

Voice Awards

Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers and producer Shonda Rhimes were among those recognized at SAMHSA’s Seventh Annual Voice Awards.