SAMHSA Announces New Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
February 28, 2014
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (RFA Number: TI-14-005). The purpose of this program is to expand the availability of comprehensive residential substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women and their minor children. The program supports evidence-based parenting and treatment models designed to:
- Decrease the use and/or abuse of alcohol and other harmful drugs among pregnant and postpartum women;
- Promote safe and healthy pregnancies and improve birth outcomes;
- Improve the mental and physical health of the women and children;
- Prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among the children;
- Improve parenting skills, family functioning, economic stability, and quality of life.
Eligible applicants include domestic public and private nonprofit entities such as: state and local governments, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges, and community- and faith-based organizations.
Please review the full RFA announcement for application instructions. Applications are due by March 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time).
For more information, please review the SAMHSA news release, or contact Linda White-Young at (240) 276-1581 or Linda.White-Young@samhsa.hhs.gov.
New Ask the Expert column: Article and Poll Spotlight Public Misperceptions of Drinking During Pregnancy
February 14, 2014
In our new Ask the Expert column, Dan Dubovsky discusses a recent article on alcohol use in pregnancy written by Beverley Turner, a British journalist and mother of three. Ms. Turner candidly admits drinking alcohol during her three pregnancies. However, in response to comments from a prominent pediatrician on alcohol’s risks, she explores issues of the growing acceptance of drinking among women, even pregnant women. Results of a poll that accompanied the article spotlight common public misperceptions related to maternal alcohol use.
Mr. Dubovsky is the FASD Specialist with SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence. The full column is available here.
March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
February 14, 2014
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Millions of people in the United States live with physical or mental impairments that may limit their ability to learn, move about, or express themselves. Many may be dependent on others for care and assistance. However, as President Reagan stated in his proclamation, “Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities.”
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which are caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol, are a leading preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals born with these disorders may experience a wide range of intellectual, developmental, and cognitive difficulties that can be lifelong. Still, many can succeed in building independent lives with proper recognition and support.
The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence was established in 2001 to promote awareness of FASD and advance efforts focused on FASD prevention and treatment. The goals of the FASD Center are to:
- Reduce the number of infants born prenatally exposed to alcohol;
- Increase functioning of persons who have an FASD; and
- Improve quality of life for individuals and families affected by FASD.
Please join us in efforts to raise awareness of the strengths and potential of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout this Awareness Month. More information on the impact of FASD is available on our About FASD and Frequently Asked Questions about FASD pages. Awareness materials that can be personalized with your agency or organizational logo can be downloaded for free on our Rack Cards and Posters page.
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Call for Applications for the 2014 Native American Service to Science initiative
February 14, 2014
Health care practitioners involved in substance abuse prevention are encouraged to implement evidence-based interventions, but the diversity of these interventions is limited. Very few, for example, are designed for Native American populations.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a Call for Applications for the 2014 Native American Service to Science initiative. This initiative seeks to identify innovative tribal programs that aim to prevent substance abuse or address the underlying factors associated with increased substance abuse risk. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the number of interventions that meet evidence-based standards.
The Native American Service to Science initiative is a collaborative effort between SAMHSA’s Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTTAC) and its Collaborative for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). The application deadline for the Native American Service to Science initiative is Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST. More information is available at: http://captus.samhsa.gov/grantee/capt-clients/sts
Survey finds ongoing concerns with alcohol use during pregnancy
January 15, 2014
Our new Ask the Expert column for January 2014 focuses on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for 2011-12. This month’s Experts, Dr. Margaret Mattson and Dr. Rachel Lipari, provide us with their insights on the survey’s findings related to alcohol use among women. According to the survey, over half of women of childbearing age report drinking alcohol, while almost one in five pregnant women drinks alcohol early in pregnancy and some continue to drink throughout their pregnancy. These figures indicate that there remains much work to do to reduce the risk of FASD.
However, there are some good signs. The number of women who report drinking drops significantly later in pregnancy, and findings among certain age and ethnic groups are encouraging. Still, as Drs. Mattson and Lipari state, “The established public health message is that pregnant women should not drink any alcohol during their pregnancy, and that women of childbearing age who drink should take effective steps to avoid pregnancy…abstinence throughout pregnancy is by far the safest course.”
The NSDUH is an annual survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Drs. Mattson and Lipari are researchers in SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.
Read the column here.
New from CDC Vital Signs: Alcohol Screening and Counseling - An effective but underused health service
January 15, 2014
At least 38 million adults drink too much and most do not have alcoholism. Drinking too much includes binge drinking, high weekly use, and any alcohol use by those under age 21 or by pregnant women. However, only one in six adults, including one in six pregnant women, has ever talked with their doctor or other health professional about alcohol use, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Drinking too much can lead to a range of health and social problems such as heart disease, breast cancer, unintended pregnancy, motor-vehicle crashes, and violence. In particular, drinking during pregnancy is the only cause of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
For health professionals, talking with a patient about alcohol use is an important step in health screening. Alcohol screening is recommended for all adults, including pregnant women. A brief counseling intervention has been proven effective in helping most people who drink too much to reduce or stop their drinking. However, the CDC report finds that this service is underused. The Affordable Care Act requires new health insurance plans to cover this service without a copayment.
For more information, please see the full CDC Vital Signs report at: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/alcohol-screening-counseling/index.html.
Free 3-part Webinar Series on FASD offered by SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and MOFAS
January 15, 2014
In February, the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) will offer a 3-part Webinar Series on FASD.
- Part 1, FASD: The Basics (2/13/14): This session, led by national expert Dr. Jeff Wozniak, University of Minnesota, is designed to provide an introduction to FASD, including information on prevention and intervention.
- Part 2, FASD and Co-Occurring Issues (2/20/14):This session, presented by Dan Dubovsky, FASD Specialist with the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, will focus on the co-occurrence of FASD with mental health, substance use, medical, and environmental issues.
- Part 3, Family Matters: Strategies for Successful Outcomes (2/27/14): This session, led by Dr. Chris Boys, University of Minnesota, will discuss strategies for supporting families and improving outcomes for individuals with an FASD.
All sessions will be conducted from noon to 1:30 p.m., CST.
This Webinar series is designed for primary and behavioral health care providers, social workers, adoption and foster care workers, educators, and other professionals who work with individuals with an FASD. Parents, caregivers, and family members impacted by FASD will also find the information helpful.
All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. National CEUs have been applied for with the following organizations:
- American Psychological Association
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association for Addiction of Drug and Alcohol Counselors
- Professional Education Pal
Registration for the Webinar Series is available here.
For more information, please contact Ruth Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-917-2370. To access the Webinar series flyer please click here.