2010 Science and Service Awards Will Honor Implementation of Evidence-Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions

SAMHSA has issued a call for applications for its 2010 Science and Service Awards, a national program that recognizes community-based organizations and coalitions that have shown exemplary implementation of evidence-based mental health and substance abuse interventions.

Awards will be made in each of the five categories: substance abuse prevention; treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services; mental health promotion; treatment of mental illness and recovery support services; and co-occurring disorders. To be eligible for an award, an organization must have successfully implemented a recognized evidence-based intervention. Examples include those that are published in scientific literature and/or appear on a Federal and/or state registry of evidence-based interventions.

Application deadline: April 9, 2010


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SAMHSA: Celebrating Those Who Make a Difference for Mental Health

Join SAMHSA in recognizing entertainment industry professionals and mental health consumers who have given a voice to people with mental health problems. The Voice Awards honor film and television writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into their scripts, programs and productions. The awards also recognize the accomplishments of consumer leaders who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Nominations are open to anyone, are free and there is no limit to the number
an individual may submit.

Entertainment industry nominations due: April 30, 2010
Mental health consumer nominations due: May 14, 2010


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Promoting Wellness: An Integrated Approach to Homeless Service Delivery

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Resource Center and Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) is offering a FREE two day regional training on innovative strategies for providing homeless services and creating environments that are person-centered, trauma-informed and recovery-oriented for the Southeastern United States. This training will be applicable to anyone providing homeless services, including direct service providers, consumers, administrators, government staff and policy makers.


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Webcast: Operating a Peer-Run Supportive Housing Program for Families: Housing Options Made Easy, Gowanda, NY

This SAMHSA webcast highlights one of the largest peer-run housing provider agencies in the country. Housing Options Made Easy operates a highly successful, innovative supportive housing program for individuals and families with mental health issues. During this webcast, presenters will share information about best practices within the program.


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SAMHSA 10×10 Wellness Campaign Training Teleconference: Focus on Wellness to Increase Life Expectancy and Healthy Living of Individuals with Mental Health Problems

The SAMHSA 10×10 Wellness Campaign is presenting this free training teleconference to explore the implications of the findings of higher rates of illness and shorter life spans among people with mental health problems than among the general public and how the mental health community can promote wellness. Please note: Registration will close at 5:00 p.m., ET, on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.


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Brain Chemical Linked to Cognitive Decline in Schizophrenia

The delusions and hallucinations associated with schizophrenia may be linked to a deficit in a brain chemical.

This may open an important avenue of inquiry for improving cognitive function in the more than 2 million Americans who suffer from schizophrenia, according to lead author Jong H. Yoon, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at University of California Davis Health System.

Ivanhoe Newswire

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Brain chemical is reward for psychopathic traits

A lack of emotion isn’t the only thing driving psychopaths. It now seems that their brains may overvalue the pleasure associated with getting what they want. In extreme psychopaths, this may result in callous and manipulative acts.

Joshua Buckholtz, a neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, discovered that the brains of people with psychopathic tendencies are rich with dopamine, a “reward” chemical that makes us seek out pleasure.

This might drive psychopathic behaviour by encouraging people to pursue activities that give them this kind of reward at the expense of considering the costs of their actions – such as hurting others.

Reported by Ewen Callaway
New Scientist

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SAMHSA: Treatment Admissions Reporting Abuse of Both Alcohol and Drugs: 1997-2007

Between 1997 and 2007, the proportion of substance abuse treatment admissions reporting co-abuse of alcohol and drugs declined from 45.3 to 39.4 percent. The most common combinations reported by co-abuse admissions in both 1997 and 2007 were alcohol and marijuana and alcohol and cocaine; however, the proportion of co-abuse admissions reporting alcohol and cocaine decreased between 1997 and 2007, from 51.1 percent to 44.8 percent. Nearly two thirds of co-abuse admissions had been in treatment at least once before.


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NIAAA: New Issue of NIAAA Spectrum posted

NIAAA: New Issue of NIAAA Spectrum posted

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Spectrum is NIAAA’s first-ever webzine. With engaging feature articles, short news updates and colorful graphics, NIAAA Spectrum offers accessible and relevant information on NIAAA and the alcohol research field for a wide range of audiences.


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Director’s Report to the 224th National Advisory Mental Health Council Meeting

The Director’s Report presented to the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) at the Institute’s 224th Council meeting has been posted.

Reported by Dr. T. Insel, NIMH Director

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