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  1. Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit

    Although rates of mental health conditions are similar in urban and rural areas across the United States, rural communities have less availability of screening, treatment, and recovery services due to unique issues, such as workforce shortages and transportation obstacles. The Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising...
  2. Behavioral Health Implementation Guide for the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (Behavioral Health Guide)

    Over the past several years, behavioral health providers and education systems are recognizing the value of the National CLAS Standards in advancing behavioral health equity. To advance this effort, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collaborated with the Office of Minority Health (OMH) to develop the Behavioral...
  3. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the month offers organizations of all types and sizes a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment...
  4. The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce: A Literature Review

    In 2015, the American Hospital Association (AHA) reaffirmed its commitment to improving access to, and coverage and quality of behavioral health care by providing hospitals best practices and tools to assist them in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting them. There...
  5. Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

    Treatment and recovery for substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illness (SMI), and serious emotional disturbances (SEDs) can vary based on several factors, including geography, socioeconomics, culture, gender, race, ethnicity, and age. This can complicate evaluating the effectiveness of services, treatments, and supports. Despite these variations, however, there is substantial...
  6. Resources for LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2021

    In June Pride Month is celebrated, the nation recognizes the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice. Population of Focus: LGBTQ+ Links to Resources: Read the full proclamation A Proclamation...
  7. NNED Virtual Roundtable: Partnering to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Infrastructure and Capacity in Communities of Color

    2021 Virtual Roundtable Series: Community-Based Organizations Build Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity for Communities of Color Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities, community-based organizations (CBOs) have elevated their response to the behavioral health needs of racially/ethnically diverse communities. The 2021 National Network to Eliminate Disparities in...
  8. The Mental Health of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Communities in the Time of COVID: It’s Time for Bold Action

    In honoring May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and Change Matrix are joined by the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), the National Asian Pacific American Council (NAPAC), the National Training and Technical Assistance Center...
  9. Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021

    During Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) joins partners in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. During the observance in May, OMH honors the rich culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders and raises awareness of...
  10. African American Addiction and Mental Health Support

    Many mental health issues go under-reported in the African American community. While the prevalence of mental health issues among African Americans is on par with their Caucasian counterparts overall, certain age groups, such as adolescents, experience more mental health issues than their white peers. African Americans in the United States...