Wednesday, November 28, 2012

USDHHS: SAMHSA. Mental Health, A Neglected Priority

28 November 2012
A call for the equal treatment of all illnesses and conversation on the path to recovery
By Susan Walker and Chris Marshall

There’s a statue at the entrance to the Italian embassy’s auditorium.  I say statue, but as tastefully pointed out by an elegant plaque, it is in fact a “Marble Fragment of Statue, Syracuse, 3rd Century B.C.”  Headless and heartless, it’s really only a pair of legs, but it still pulls off a certain elegant refinement (this is the Italian embassy after all!).

It’s a fitting introduction to the recent Global Health Forum  entitled , “Mental Health, A Neglected Priority” held at the Italian embassy, where a vast array of international speakers  discussed the importance of mental health and the woeful lack of attention it receives in many corners of the world .

Paolo del Vecchio, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, pointed out one way to address the neglect, “We really need to do a great deal of work in changing, not only mental health practices, but the hearts and minds of the public.”

Jeffrey Akman, interim vice president for Health Affairs and Dean of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, further pointed out to mental health advocates the need to follow the lead of the HIV/AIDS community.  Over the past few decades they have brought that condition and the programs needed to prevent and treat it to the forefront of public consciousness. 

Later this week the world celebrates HIV/AIDS Day (Dec. 1), and I’ve already had a number of friends and acquaintances remind me.  As I typed the previous line I even had an email pop up exclaiming, “World AIDS Day!” and inviting me to “two engaging events.”

This seems to drive home the point both del Vecchio and Akman are making – that the proactive steps  HIV/AIDS advocates took helped them obtain  more research, public outreach, publicity, and acceptance.  All these in turn led to better prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.  The same can be accomplished for mental health if we begin taking the same proactive measures.  
Considering one in five American adults had a mental illness in the past year, Akman and del Vecchio make valid points. We need to change how we talk about, think about, feel about, and treat mental illness.

Not an easy task, considering that people with mental illnesses have had and continue to have very high rates of unemployment, educational attainment, homelessness, poverty, and lack of social capital that exemplifies the ongoing neglect of mental health.  With only four out of 10 people with mental illnesses receiving treatment, it is a task certainly worthy of our efforts.

Why should we be involved? Because, as del Vecchio also said at the forum, “Recovery is democratic” and we need to “continue to get in the public conversation that recovery is possible.”
A recovery approach is a new way of thinking about systems and outcomes.  SAMHSA released a new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders in December 2011 that defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.  To get there, components of a system of recovery must include treatment and services that are individualized, holistic, person-driven, and strengths-based.  These values and components of recovery are supported through many systems innovations sponsored by SAMHSA including evidenced-based practices such as supported employment and supported housing.

If recovery is democratic, how do we preserve the American principle of self-determination while protecting individual and public safety?

How do we invest limited funds to prevent future mental health cost burdens while addressing current mental illnesses at the same time?

Join the discussion.

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SBA Partners with SCORE NYC Chapter to offer Disaster Counseling to Small Businesses

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SBA Partners with SCORE NYC Chapter to offer Disaster Counseling to Small Businesses 

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office has partnered with the SCORE NYC Chapter to extend resources and free counseling services to small businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy.  Services include a comprehensive business assessment and development strategy to sustain business during recovery efforts.
The counselors available through the SCORE NYC Chapter are experienced business professionals, and will be able to assist business owners in planning the next steps for businesses recovering from damage, to include physical relocation and what small businesses can do now before they receive disaster loans and after.  Through the free mentorship services available, small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy will be able to understand the outlook for their business in the coming year.
“A great benefit of this partnership is that small business owners can meet with SCORE counselors now and throughout any time during the disaster loan and application process,” said Pravina Raghavan, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, New York District Office. “The state of New York has approved nearly 200 disaster loans with more to follow, and we want to make sure that business owners are supported with the best resources we can provide as we do our best to quickly and efficiently assist in their recovery.”
As of November 19, disaster loans for New York have reached over $11 million, accounting for both home and business disaster loan applications.
To contact the SCORE NYC Chapter to setup an appointment, call (212)264-4507 or visit
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Federal Grants

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development: Continuum of Care Program Competition; provides support to address homelessness throughout communities. View Full Announcement
Minority Population Specific: $500k or less . . .  
  • HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Natural History and Prevention of Viral Hepatitis Among Alaska Natives Grant. View Full Announcement
  • HHS/NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: RFA-HL-13-018: Mentored Career Award for Faculty at Institutions That Promote Diversity (K01). View Full Announcement
  • HHS/NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: RFA-HL-13-019: Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity/Re-Entry in Biomedical Research (K01) View Full Announcement
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$500k or less . . .  
  • HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration: Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Program Grant View Full Announcement
  • HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Grant. View Full Announcement
  • HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration; Community Based Dental Partnership Program Grant. View Full Announcement

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Minority Population Specific: $500k or less . . . 
  • Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation: Community Action and Care for the Medically Uninsured/Underinsured. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer
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  • The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI): Hispanic Poverty and Inequality Grant Competition. View Full Announcement [PDF | 67KB] Exit Disclaimer
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  • Grant Station: Webinar Tour of the GrantStation Website. Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST. Learn More Exit Disclaimer


  • Kennedy Krieger Institute: Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP). View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute: James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer
  • NAPH/Kaiser Permanente: Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scholarships, to cover the registration fee for the several IHI offerings. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer


  • CDC: Introducing an interactive data set comprising 31 behavioral risk factors and health indicators. Sortable Risk Factors and Health Indicators Stats. Learn More

American Indians/Alaska Native Health

  • The Urban Indian Health Institute: New online campaign launched. Native Generations Campaign, addresses high rates of infant mortality, causes of infant death and maternal and child health needs among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Video, Webpage and Resources now available. Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Health Care

  • Institute of Medicine: New report released. An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Value of Community-Based Prevention. Read Full Report Exit Disclaimer


  • National Academy for State Health Policy: Webinar. Engineering an Exchange: A Look at State Blueprints and Decisions. A panel of state officials who will outline the exchange choices their states have made, and describe the policy goals behind those choices. December 13, 3:00 pm EST Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Health Equity


  • HHS/Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Webinar for faith and community leaders. Latino Faith and Community Leaders' Introduction to the Office for Civil Rights (in English and Spanish). December 10th at 3:30 pm EST. Learn More Exit Disclaimer
  • Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS): Webcast. Addressing Health Disparities for Minority Populations in Jails. 8:30 am EST on Thursday, December 6, 2012. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer

Heart Disease


  • HHS/Million Hearts: Webinar. POWERFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Promising Practices for Blood Pressure Control in Clinical Settings. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Infant/Child Health

  • SAMHSA: New report. Supporting Infants, Toddlers and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma. Read Full Report

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