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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 28, 2021


HHS Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs..

Racism, Opioids And COVID-19: A Deadly Trifecta
Drug overdose deaths are on the rise all around the country, including in Chicago, Illinois. ProPublica Illinois reporter Duaa Eldeib explains how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the opioid epidemic, and the challenges that public health officials are facing as they work to reduce opioid-related deaths.

The NIDA clinical trials network: evolving, expanding, and addressing the opioid epidemic
Over the past two decades, the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), a program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has expanded from the initial six Nodes to 16 Nodes, as a nationwide consortium of research scientists and treatment providers working together to improve care for substance use in the nation's communities.

Children with psychiatric needs are overwhelming hospital emergency departments in CT
The night before 11-year-old Ella was admitted to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in early May, her father Sean thought his daughter's mood seemed "wonderful." Ella had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and their nightly strolls, which helped her relax before bed, were a chance to reflect on the day and talk to her parents about how she was feeling.

Mental Health Support for Clinicians: Where's the Privacy?
Doctor-patient confidentiality is an expected pillar of our healthcare system. Not so, however, for doctors and other healthcare workers. Many state medicine boards require clinicians to answer intrusive questions about past mental health problems, leaving them without psychological safety and fearful of losing their jobs

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