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Obama: "Time to Bring Mental Illness Out of the Shadows"

At the National Conference on Mental Health, sponsored by the White House, Obama spoke about the stigma associated with mental illness, and said it was time to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.” 


According to The Partnership at Drugfree.org, "The White House has focused on mental illness after a string of mass shootings last year generated interest in improving the country’s mental health services, The Washington Post reports.


In a speech delivered at the conference, Obama said most suicides each year involve someone with a mental health or substance abuse disorder. “And in some cases, when a condition goes untreated, it can lead to tragedy on a larger scale,” he added. “Too many Americans who struggle with mental health illnesses are still suffering in silence, rather than seeking help,” Obama said. “And we need to see [to] it that men and women who would never hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or came down with the flu, that they have that same attitude when it comes to their mental health.”


Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are required to cover mental health services as an essential health benefit. This means all insurance plans must cover these services, and pay for them at the same rate that they pay for medical and surgical services.


Several new projects were unveiled in conjunction with the conference, the article notes. These include youth-oriented public services announcements on MTV, a media campaign aimed at veterans, and information about mental health services posted on video gamer online message boards."


There are numerous grants available to organizations that provide services to those who are in need of mental health services. If you are interested in furthering your program, and you require grant funding, please email for additional information on grant proposal writing services, or call Travis Belcher directly for a quote: 865.249.6311.

 
Study finds Employees Who Smoke Cost Companies Almost $6,000 More Annually!

According to an article on The Partnership at Drugfree.org, "Employees Who Smoke Cost Companies Almost $6,000 More Annually: Study"
 

Per the study: "Employers pay almost $6,000 more annually for workers who smoke, compared with their nonsmoking colleagues, a new study finds.
 

The savings occur even after taking into account those smokers who die earlier, and thus collect fewer pension dollars, NBC News reports.
 

Researchers at Ohio State University evaluated studies on the health care costs of smokers. They looked at how much extra employers paid for smokers’ health care, as well as lost productivity from taking sick days and smoking breaks. They report in Tobacco Control the average annual excess cost to employ a smoker is $5,816. 'It is important to remember that the costs imposed by tobacco use are not simply financial costs,' the researchers wrote. 'It is not possible to put a price on the lost lives and the human suffering caused by smoking. The desire to help one’s employees lead healthier and longer lives should provide an additional impetus for employers to work towards eliminating tobacco from the workplace.'
 

A growing number of employers are requiring tobacco users to pay more for their health insurance if they do not participate in a smoking cessation program, a national survey recently found. Some employers are refusing to hire smokers."
 

If your organization offers a program to assist with smoking cessation, this is the perfect time to market it to companies and seek corporate sponsorships or grant funding. Conduct a search in your area to find out what companies are attempting to lower the rate of employees who smoke, and offer them your services!

 
Gov't Admits Drug Control Goals Not Met

Program Delivery ServicesIt appears that in spite of the numerous programs the government has put into place, they have not made progress on most of their drug control goals:   


"The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the federal government has not made progress on most goals for reducing drug use, which were outlined in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, UPI reports.
 

The strategy included seven goals, including reducing drug use among 12- to 17-year-olds by 15 percent. There has been no progress on this goal, primarily because of an increase in teens’ use of marijuana, GAO reported. Teens have decreased their use of other drugs, the report noted. The GAO noted programs designed to prevent and treat drug abuse are spread over 15 federal agencies, some of which provide overlapping services.
 

“These programs could provide or fund one or more drug abuse prevention or treatment service that at least one other program could also provide or fund, either to similar population groups or to reach similar program goals,” the report stated. “Such fragmentation and overlap may result in inefficient use of resources among programs providing similar services.”
 

Many prevention and treatment programs that GAO surveyed did not report coordination efforts, according to the report. The office noted 40 percent of surveyed programs said there was no coordination with other federal agencies on drug abuse prevention or treatment activities. The Office of National Drug Control Policy has said it will work with agencies administering federal programs that provide drug abuse prevention and treatment activities to enhance coordination, according to the article."


The good news? In spite of the fragmentation of services and the fact that 
their use of marijuana has increased, according to the report, teens have actually decreased their use of other drugs.


What is your organization doing to coordinate multiple community services in your area? How can you work together to prevent program fragmentation and enhance the distribution of services and programs to the teens in your community?

 
Grants for Early Childhood Programs

childhoodgrantsNeed a grant for your out-of-school-time program?

Funding for early childhood programs has become a hot topic at virtually all levels of government.
 

And, even though there's considerable uncertainty over what November's elections will mean in terms of the 2013 federal budget, most -- if not all -- government agencies will still offer funding for a wide range of early childhood-related programs. Additionally, many excellent funding opportunities are being made available by private and corporate sources.
 

But with the competition for funding growing tighter, officials say it's the more-informed grantseekers who are likely to have an edge.
 

That's why we encourage you to seek assistance from a reputable company, when obtaining help for your grant writing needs. We at Grant Writing & Nonprofit Services can help you! Email or call Travis Belcher to find out about our grant writing and funding research services: 865.249.6311.



 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Continues in Youth Released from Detention

Is this what you want for your youth?The Northwestern Juvenile Project*:

According to a recent study, substance use disorders are common five years after juveniles are released from detention.
 

Males are two to three times more likely to use alcohol and drugs compared with females, HealthDay reports. Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago interviewed 1,200 males and more than 650 females, ages 10 to 18, who were being held at a juvenile detention center. They were interviewed again several times, up to five years later. More than 45 percent of males and almost 30 percent of females had psychiatric disorders. Alcohol and drug use were the most common and persistent psychiatric disorders, the study found.
 

While it has been known that psychiatric disorders are common among teenagers in detention, this is the first study to examine whether these disorders persisted in subsequent years, the researchers said.
 

“These findings demonstrate the need for special programs — especially for substance use disorders — not only while these kids are in corrections but also when they return to the community,” lead author Linda Teplin said in a news release. “People think these kids are locked up forever, but the average stay is only two weeks."
 

The good news is that while psychiatric disorders are prevalent among incarcerated juveniles, MOST juveniles eventually return to their communities, where they become the responsibility of the community mental health system. However, no large-scale study has examined psychiatric disorders after youth leave detention.
 

Linda Teplin has a suggestion to help these youth: "Obviously, it’s better to provide community services than to build correctional facilities. Otherwise, the lack of services perpetuates the revolving door between the community and corrections.”
 

As a community services organization, what have you done lately to help the youth in peril within your community? What programs do you have in place to help alleviate substance disorders and/or abuse in youth and teens?

* Authors of the study: Linda A. Teplin, PhD; Leah J. Welty, PhD; Karen M. Abram, PhD; Mina K. Dulcan, MD; Jason J. Washburn, PhD



 
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