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SAMHSA Issues the National Behavioral Health Barometer: United States 2014

SAMHSA's  National Behavioral Health Barometer and the Virginia state version provide data about key aspects of behavioral health care issues affecting communities. These issues include rates (for youth and adults) of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. Click here to access and [...]

2015-02-04T15:49:53+00:00February 4th, 2015|

Virginia Legislature Reviews Budget Amendments Related to Early Care and Education

A number of amendments were introduced, during the 2015 Virginia Legislation Session, to adjust the Governor’s proposed budget for Early Child Care and Education. The House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees must decide whether or not to incorporate these amendments in the budget.  The Voices for Virginia's Children has a summary of the proposed amendments [...]

2015-01-26T15:37:45+00:00January 26th, 2015|

Use of Pooled State Administrative Data for Mental Health Services Research

The article, Use of Pooled State Administrative Data for Mental Health Services Research, focuses on the impact of state policy changes on access, cost, quality and outcomes of care for individuals with mental disorders.  In an effort to bridge the gap between research and policy through research that used state administrative data across states, and to address significant state-defined health policy [...]

2015-01-16T16:34:28+00:00January 16th, 2015|

National Core Indicators Results from Families Across Virginia: User-Friendly Version

The National Core Indicators, has recently released a user-friendly version of the Child Family Survey Report and other family reports.  This version of the report provides easy to understand explanations with visual aids, such as infographics and graphs, for each indicator.  This report will be of value for providers who want to communicate Virginia's results [...]

2015-01-08T15:21:22+00:00January 8th, 2015|

Children’s Coverage at A Crossroads: Progress Slows

According to a new report recently released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families; in 2013, for the first time in recent history, the uninsured rate for children did not significantly decline from the previous year. Yet in the past five years, the number of uninsured children declined substantially from just under 6.9 million to just over 5.2 [...]

2015-01-07T17:10:38+00:00January 7th, 2015|

AHRQ Requests Input on Strategies for Mental Health Care for Children

AHRQ’S Effective Health Care Web site has posted a set of draft key questions and background for a planned systematic evidence review of strategies for improving mental health care for children and adolescents.  This is a chance for CBHI providers to contribute ideas and guidance to a national initiative.  The deadline for submitting comments is [...]

2014-09-29T13:37:37+00:00September 29th, 2014|

Differences between Boys and Girls in Use of Nonmedication Mental Health Services

The CDC has recently released  a report titled Use of Selected Nonmedication Mental Health Services by Adolescent Boys and Girls With Serious Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: United States, 2010–2012.   This August 2014 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) brief describes the differences between boys and girls in the use of non-medication mental health services in various [...]

2014-09-08T17:20:47+00:00September 8th, 2014|

The Impact of the ACA Dependent Coverage Provision on Behavioral Health Care for Young Adults

An August 2014 Health Affairs article titled: An ACA Provision Increased Treatment For Young Adults With Possible Mental Illnesses Relative To Comparison Group, describes a study of the impact of the ACA dependent coverage provision on people ages 18–25 with possible mental health or substance use disorders.   The authors found that for young adults, with possible mental [...]

2014-08-06T17:24:10+00:00August 6th, 2014|

Transition Care for Children with Special Health Needs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a Technical Brief titled Transition Care for Children with Special Health Needs  by the Effective Health Care Program. The issue of how to provide good transition care for children with special health care needs warrants further attention. The numbers of children with special health care needs reaching [...]

2014-07-14T19:42:50+00:00July 14th, 2014|

Intensive Care Coordination Using High-Quality Wraparound for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Needs: State and Community Profiles

The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS) has recently published a practical guide that profiles states and counties that have implemented intensive care coordination using high-quality wraparound for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs. It outlines key features for established programs with demonstrated cost and quality outcomes, as well as for programs [...]

2014-07-09T17:57:04+00:00July 9th, 2014|