July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month:
In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to continue building awareness of the importance of mental health and supports in every community.
Minority Mental Health Month: Lifting the Burden of Disparities
SAMHSA / Health Disparities
By: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Director, Office of Minority Health; Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator, SAMHSA
SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity is working across racial and ethnic minority communities to facilitate the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the development of a more diverse and sensitive workforce of treatment and service providers. An example of such an initiative is the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU-CFE), which engages HBCUs in developing strategies to promote behavioral health workforce development and enhance behavioral health curricula for students. SAMHSA also supports the Minority Fellowship Program, which is designed to increase the number of minority professionals in the behavioral health workforce.
Ultimately, an understanding of culture combined with a provision of health care services respectful of the beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients can help improve social inclusion and close the gap on disparities affecting persons experiencing mental or substance use disorders. We cannot do this work alone. During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we challenge you to take part in this important conversation and to start conversations in your own community.
Stay connected throughout National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by following and using #MMHM2015. Share a photo, video or story with the hashtag #MMHM2015 to let others know how you are getting involved.
Learn more about SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity and read SAMHSA’s new Behavioral Health Equity Barometer to find out more about key behavioral health indicators among diverse populations. Visit our website
Georgia School of Addiction Studies- August 29th – September 2nd 2016
Student Scholarships Available
The Georgia School of Addiction Studies is an annual conference for those working, volunteering, studying or providing services in the fields of prevention, treatment and recovery of addiction. In the interest of encouraging undergraduate and graduate students in Georgia to pursue careers in these fields, the Board of Directors and the Student Outreach Committee will be making a limited number of scholarships available for full-time students to attend the school. This year, the school conference will be held in Savannah from August 29 to September 2, 2016. Please visit our website for more information.
SAMHSA: Incidents of Mass Violence
Incidents of mass violence, like those in Orlando, Florida this weekend, can cause people to experience fear, uncertainty, and stress. Immediate help is available. Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 for support and or visit us for more counseling options
Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.
SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include the following:
- Encouraging states to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources
- Including a sexual and gender minority focus in funding announcements where it is appropriate
- Supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation questions in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
- Providing targeted technical assistance to grantees and other stakeholders
- Issuing guidance on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor related to the federal definitions of “spouse” and “marriage”
SAMHSA contributes to developing national data collection protocols and expanding health services for LGBT individuals. Multiple training efforts for behavioral health service providers have and will continue to improve service delivery and outcomes for LGBT individuals.
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Resources
- Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities: A Resource for Behavioral Health Providers – 2014 - This briefing document is part of a toolkit designed to help behavioral health providers assist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in enrolling in health insurance plans. Many LGBT people in the U.S. lack insurance coverage for behavioral health services and could benefit from enrollment support. SAMHSA also has a PowerPoint presentation available and a consumer-oriented Frequently Asked Questions brochure to supplement this toolkit.
- A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children – 2014 - Offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.
- A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals – 2001 - Informs clinicians and administrators about substance abuse treatment approaches that are sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. Covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.
- Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children – 2009 (PDF | 897 KB) (link is external) - Provides information about sexual orientation and gender identity to help friends, family, and other adults support LGBT children and adolescents. It reports research findings from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco University and includes research on the impact of families on their LGBT children’s health, mental health, and well-being. It also provides ways ethnically, religiously, and socially diverse families, parents, and caregivers can support their LGBT children. Family materials and provider tools such as education materials, assessment and policy resources, research publications, and gender spectrum education and training materials are presented.
- Larkin Street Stories from the Homelessness Resource Center - Meet Toby, Loch, and the youth of Larkin Street Youth Services and learn more about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are homeless. The video series offers tips on best practices for providers serving LGBTQ youth who are homeless.
- LGBT Training Curricula for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practitioners - Is a list of six training curricula for behavioral health and primary care practitioners to help them assess, treat, and refer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients in a culturally sensitive manner. Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available.
- Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex or Two-Spirit – 2008 (PDF | 1.7 MB) - Is for policymakers, administrators, and providers seeking to learn more about (1) youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and (2) how to develop culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet their needs and preferences.
- Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit – 2012 - Equips prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.
The goals of the HBCU-CFE are to:
- Promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention
- Expand campus service capacity, including the provision of culturally appropriate behavioral health resources
- Facilitate best practices dissemination, foster student leadership, and behavioral health workforce development
Join us for a webinar on Jul 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT.
CRASH is a mnemonic for the following essential components of culturally competent health care--consider Culture, show Respect, Assess/Affirm differences, show Sensitivity and Self-awareness, and do it all with Humility.
The goal of the CRASH-Course in Cultural Competency is to build confidence and competence in the clinician's ability to communicate effectively with diverse patient populations.
2015 Lonnie E. Mitchell Conference pictures and presentations are now available
Mini Grant RFA Technical Assistance Webinars
Thank you to all who attended!
Internships and Fellowships
NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Academic Year
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals is proud to announce the opening of the 2nd cohort of the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) for master’s level students in the last year of a graduate program with an addiction/substance use disorder program or track. At least 36 students who commit to working with the needs of transition age youth and/or racial and ethnic minorities post-graduation will be provided tuition stipends of up to $20,000 per student, training, and mentorship.