Behavioral Health

Restorative Justice in Schools: An Upstream Approach for Addressing Inequities in the Risk of Incarceration

December 30, 2021

Adverse Childhood Experiences are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years), resulting in an increased risk of adverse health outcomes and decreased personal well-being. Related, school discipline policies can be associated with a child’s risk of future incarceration. Using exclusionary discipline practices (e.g., suspension or expulsion) as a form of punishment increases a student’s risk for arrest. In contrast, policies that keep students in a learning environment may reduce the risk of incarceration. This report discusses school restorative justice practices as a potential protective factor and an alternative to exclusionary discipline policies in K-12 school settings.Read More »

State Strategies for Advancing Viral Hepatitis Elimination

November 21, 2021

Cases of viral hepatitis are on the rise across the United States. This report synthesizes key actions and proven strategies for public health leaders to consider as they approach viral hepatitis elimination planning within their own jurisdictions.Read More »

Braiding and Layering Funding for Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention

August 05, 2021

In recent years, states and territories have started looking at braiding and layering funding streams as a way to leverage existing resources to achieve population-level impact. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is one area that lends itself well to braiding and layering funds, since the risk and protective factors for ACEs span across multiple program areas, including maternal and child health, violence prevention, substance misuse, behavioral health, housing, chronic disease, and early childhood education. This report aims to help state and territorial health agency staff understand the process of braiding and layering funds and identifying opportunities to maximize ACEs prevention resources and impact. ASTHO created this report with input from state and territorial health agency senior deputies, other senior leadership, federal partners, and internal ASTHO subject matter experts.Read More »

Innovations in Overdose Response: Strategies Implemented by Emergency Medical Services Providers

August 04, 2021

Initial estimates suggest that annual drug overdose deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2020, accounting for 93,000 deaths. As the healthcare provider with greatest access to individuals experiencing a nonfatal drug overdose, emergency medical services (EMS) agencies play an essential role in the prevention of fatal drug overdose. For this reason, integrating EMS strategies into an overdose system of care is critically important. This report presents findings of an environmental scan conducted to identify novel or innovative EMS-involved strategies to prevent fatal overdose; discusses challenges to implementing these strategies; and suggests ways in which state health leaders can support these strategies.Read More »

Collaborations Between Health Systems and Community-Based Organizations

January 31, 2020

Across the nation, healthcare delivery systems and community-based organizations are developing partnerships to address the social determinants of health and behavioral health needs of the populations they serve. This report details strategies for overcoming early challenges to developing a new partnership, including approaches to ensure that community organizations and voices are heard during decision-making and priority-setting.Read More »

Cross-Agency Approaches to Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment: National Recommendations

March 20, 2019

States across the country are aligning policies, funding, staffing, and data across agencies to more effectively an efficiently utilize resources to meet the needs of people living with or at risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD). In 2018, ASTHO and the National Academy for State Health Policy convened a group of Medicaid and public health leaders to showcase strategies they have pursued to work more effectively across agencies, as well as develop recommendations for other interested states. This report highlights recommendations for structuring and advancing cross-agency approaches to SUD prevention and treatment.Read More »

Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response Activities at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival

December 21, 2018

The findings in this report focus on the initial 24‐36 hours after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and present information about current and long-term recovery efforts and recommendations for other communities and the nation. This report also highlights challenges and successes concerning activities carried out through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program.Read More »

Sexual Violence Prevention: Legislation Scan

December 09, 2018

This report examines adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and housing stability legislation during the 2018 session. While not expressly focused on sexual violence, innovative solutions to address ACEs and housing stability may strengthen primary prevention of sexual violence because they target risk and protective factors that are common across these issues.Read More »

Behavioral and Public Health Interconnection

December 06, 2018

Interconnecting behavioral and public health systems is essential to addressing the upstream factors of behavioral health issues including substance misuse and mental health. This meeting report outlines recommendations from public health leaders in connecting behavioral and public health systems through partnerships, financing, data and policy.Read More »

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