Behavioral and Mental Health

The State Role in Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Implementation

January 13, 2017|1:36 p.m.| Anna Bartels

SAMHSA has reported that approximately one in five, or 43.6 million, American adults have experienced some form of mental illness in the past year, and eight percent, or 20.2 million had a substance use disorder. Yet nearly 60 percent of these adults with mental illness did not receive mental health services in 2014, and black and Hispanic Americans utilize mental health services at about half the rate of white Americans and a third the rate of Asian Americans. Read More »

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids

March 17, 2016|6:02 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Using other pain relievers for chronic pain, lowest effective dosage, and patient monitoring are the principles used to develop the 12 guidelines. Read More »

Bringing the Tools of Behavioral Health into Primary Care Practice

January 22, 2016|4:57 p.m.| John Skendall

Some health problems are only skin deep. Some go much deeper. That is why the skills and tools that the field of behavioral health brings are so important. And why they can, and some say should, be under the same roof—even in the same room—as primary care practice. Read More »

Almost 47 Million People Around the World Have Dementia, Costing More than $818 Billion

August 27, 2015|12:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A new Alzheimer’s Disease International report found that globally 46.8 million people have dementia, creating an annual cost of $818 billion that will rise to a trillion dollars in the next three years. Read More »

Iowa's Problem Gambling Program Pays Real Dividends for Individuals and Families

June 17, 2015|11:40 a.m.| John Skendall

While its most severe harms manifest in only a small segment of the population, games of chance like lotteries, casinos, and other forms of gambling have addictive properties that can carry significant harms. Read More »

Report: 1 Billion People Smoke Tobacco, 240 Million Adults Suffer Alcohol-related Disorders Worldwide

May 12, 2015|2:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Alcohol use and tobacco smoking are the most prevalent and harmful addictive behaviors worldwide, according to the world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions. Read More »

News Coverage of Violent Events on Social Media and the Internet May Cause PTSD-like Symptoms

May 08, 2015|10:30 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Roughly 1 in 5 participants in the study were found to have been significantly affected by the media events, even though none indicated previous trauma and were not themselves present at the events. Read More »

North Dakota Launches Suicide Prevention Education Programs

February 20, 2015|1:21 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The North Dakota Department of Health is expanding its community education programs to educate citizens on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Read More »

California Takes Aim to Help Those Struggling with Problem Gambling

February 02, 2015|1:44 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

California Department of Public Health launches program that gives several different pathways for problem gamblers and affected family members to find help. Read More »