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AHCCCS to advance women-specific substance abuse services with new block grant funding

| Nov 4, 2021 | Arizona

Last week, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced their receival of $32.7 million in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The press release by AHCCCS notes that the services funded will specifically...[ Read More ]

Maryland Department of Health awards $48 million in mental health and substance use grant funds

| Aug 12, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced $48 million in grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Approved by SAMHSA in June, the funding will support more than 15 initiatives to create and...[ Read More ]

Florida should remove restrictions for peer recovery specialists, behavioral health leader says

| Jun 28, 2021 | Florida

Over the course of the pandemic, higher levels of social isolation have taken a toll on Floridians’ behavioral health. In 2020, non-fatal opioid overdoses increased by 40 percent compared to 2019, according to the Florida Dept. of Health. However, some experts say the state overdose death rate increased as much...[ Read More ]

Managing mental health and substance abuse through COVID-19

Nicole Pasia | May 12, 2021

At the Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference, behavioral health professionals and state legislators discussed the effects of COVID-19 on mental health and substance abuse, and how the state can better provide care services coming out of the pandemic.  The conversation featured Del. Rod Willett, member of the House...[ Read More ]

Wyden: New GAO analysis shows urgent need to increase mental health care access and affordability

| Apr 30, 2021 | Federal

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released a new GAO report showing a dramatic increase in demand for mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, straining part of the health care system that faced accessibility and affordability challenges prior to increases in anxiety and depression corresponding to the...[ Read More ]

Texas Health Aetna and MAP Health Management announce expanded services for substance abuse

| Aug 5, 2020 | Texas

Texas Health Aetna and MAP Health Management announced a collaboration today to expand telehealth support services for individuals and families struggling with substance abuse. The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing are particularly stressful times for those dealing with addiction and recovery," said Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson, President and Chief Operating Officer of...[ Read More ]