The NRI Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that brings together news and events relevant to our stakeholders of the public behavioral health system.
NRI Services Highlight: Survey Development and Validation | Olmstead and Other Legal Issues
December 13, 2018 



Happy Holidays

The Board of Directors and NRI Staff extends our very best wishes for a happy holiday season!  

We have much to look forward to in 2019 as we follow up on an incredibly busy and exciting 2018 at NRI.


National Health Care Spending In 2017: Growth Slows To Post–Great Recession Rates; Share Of GDP Stabilizes

Total nominal US health care spending increased 3.9 percent to $3.5 trillion in 2017, slowing from growth of 4.8 percent in 2016. Read more.

CMS Innovation Center Unveils New Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model 

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) on October 23 announced a new Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model as the next step in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) multi-pronged strategy in combatting the nation’s opioid crisis. Read more.


Common Dementia Screening Tests Often Misclassify Patients, Study Finds

About a third of the patients who are screened for dementia by at least one of three short cognitive assessments are misclassified, according to a study in Neurology: Clinical Practice. Read more.  

Study Finds Public Service Anti-Smoking TV Ads Featuring Former Smoker with Depression Successfully Influenced Consumers with Mental Illness to Consider Tobacco Cessation A study published in the November 28 issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research reports that a television advertisement in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tips from Former Smokers ad campaign featuring a former smoker with depression had an increased influence in convincing smokers with mental illness to stop smoking. Read more.

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for Third Straight Year Due to Drug Overdoses and Suicides 

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. life expectancy has dropped, from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 years in 2017. The continued downward spiral is driven by the rising number of deaths from suicides and drug overdoses, according to a series of reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The last multiyear life expectancy drop recorded by CDC occurred in the early 1960s. Read more.

Younger Siblings of Children With ASD Have Greater Risk of ADHD and Vice Versa

Children who have an older sibling who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not only at an increased risk of ASD, but also at an increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Read more


DECEMBER 14: SAMHSA Virtual Symposium

Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, for a virtual symposium that features national experts, local innovative programs, and readily accessible federal resources to better meet the needs of justice-involved individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Register now

DECEMBER 18: Family Matters: Transitioning Towards a Family-centered Approach in Drug Courts

This webinar presentation will offer judicial leaders and drug court professionals working in any drug court key strategies for implementing a family-focused approach. This presentation will make the case for why all drug courts should pay greater attention to children and families and that cross-system collaboration and communication are critical for family safety and recovery. Register now.


National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (Short Title: CoE-IECMHC) grant. The purpose of this program is to advance the implementation of high quality infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) across the nation through the development of tools, resources, training, and mentorship to the infant and early childhood mental health field. Learn more.


Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

The National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction – a web tool launched by the NRRC and the CSG Justice Center–compiles thousands of state and federal statutes into a searchable database, making it easier to identify the regulations and restrictions that can be triggered by a conviction.

New Tool Offers Hope To People Experiencing Early Serious Mental Illness And Their Families SAMHSA’s new Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator will help connect people experiencing a first onset of serious mental illness to effective care. Read more

Online Training: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new online training to help prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It includes information about the risk and protective factors and outcomes associated with ACEs and evidence-based prevention strategies. Learn more.

Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator SAMHSA’s new Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons and their family members who are seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for a recent onset of serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bi- polar disorder, or other conditions. These evidence-based programs provide medication, therapy, family and peer support, assistance with education and employment and other services.


David Shern, Ph.D., President
Lorrie Jones, Ph.D., Immediate Past President
Lynda Zeller, Vice President
Lisa Clements, Ph.D., Treasurer
Stephen Baron, M.S.W., Secretary
Members At Large 
Joyce Allen, M.S.W., Tom Betlach, M.P.A., Sheri Dawson, Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., Joe Parks, M.D., Tanya Royster, M.D., Matthew Salo, Dena Stoner, Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. 
Executive Leadership
Tim Knettler, M.B.A., CAE, Executive Director/CEO, Board Member, Ex-Officio
Ted Lutterman, Government & Commercial Research
Lucille Schacht, Ph.D., Performance & Quality Improvement
Vera Hollen, M.A., Research and Consulting
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