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NRI Services Highlight: Mortality Studies & Research | Policy and Program Planning and Evaluation
October 18, 2018 



Snapshot of State Plans for Using the Community Mental Health Block Grant 10% Set-Aside to Address First Episode Psychosis

This report by NRI describes how each state is using state funds and the MHBG 10% Set Aside to support Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) services for individuals experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP). The 2018 Snapshot updates and expands upon the 2017 Snapshot, and provides detailed information on 270 CSC programs being supported by states. For each program, the 2018 Snapshot includes contact information, information about the FEP services provided, eligibility requirements, and information about the number of clients being served by the program. 

The report documents the tremendous increase in the number of CSC providers and the number of clients receiving these evidence-based services since Congress mandated states use a portion of their MHBG to support these services in 2014. The goal of these programs is to minimize the risk of disability that often accompanies serious mental illness, and to promote the use of evidence-based practices, especially Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC), to treat FEP. Read the report.

2016 Mental Health Client-level Data (MH-CLD) Annual Report

CORRECTION: The 2016 Mental Health Client-level Data (MH-CLD) Annual Report was written by staff at Eagle Technologies, Inc., under the direction of SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. NRI participated in the development of this report as a subcontractor to Eagle Technologies, Inc. NRI’s roles in this report included working with State Mental Health Agencies to process, clean, and summarize the Mental Health Client Level data files and reviewing and commenting on the report produced by Eagle Technologies. Learn more.  


HRSA Releases New Data on Child Health Across the U.S.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data from nearly 21,000 households across the U.S. This voluntary survey, funded and directed by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. Learn more.  

Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Among Patients Aged 65 Years and Older, 2010 and 2015
This Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief presents statistics on opioid-related hospital stays and ED visits among patients aged 65 years and older in fiscal year (FY) 2010 (from quarter 4 of 2009 through quarter 3 of 2010) and FY 2015 (from quarter 4 of 2014 through quarter 3 of 2015), hereinafter referred to as 2010 and 2015. Read more. 

Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

This interactive map shows statistics about opioid-related hospital care, including hospitalization trends between 2009-14 and hospitalizations in 2014 broken down by patient age, sex, geographic area and income. Learn more

Fact Sheet: Overview of Law Enforcement - Mental Health Resources 

This fact sheet provides an overview of Bureau of Justice Assistance resources and initiatives about the intersection of criminal justice and mental health. Read more.  


Mental Health Problems Predict Tobacco Use in Youth

Youth and young adults with internalizing problems such as depression and anxiety and externalizing problems such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to begin using tobacco products than those without these disorders, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Read more.  

Shared Decision Making With Patients Can Improve Treatment Engagement, Medication Adherence

Providing patients with a computer-based, shared decision-making tool may promote ongoing treatment engagement and adherence to antipsychotic medication regimens, according to a study in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Read more.  

Study Finds First Year Army Soldiers Lacking a Mental Health Diagnosis Have Elevated Risk of Suicide Attempt; Authors Recommend Mental Health Screening Prior to Basic Training 

First-year Army soldiers without a history of a mental health diagnosis have an elevated risk of suicide attempt, according to new research published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more.  

Nonfatal Opioid Overdose Patients Have Elevated Risk of Early Death in Following Year 

Adults who survived an opioid overdose are at a higher risk of premature mortality within one year, according to a recent study published August 1 in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more.  

Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 27 States, 2015

A new report used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to examine violent deaths from 27 states for 2015. The data analyzed includes 30,628 fatal incidents and 31,415 deaths that occurred in 2015. NVDRS captures data on all suicides, homicides, deaths of undetermined intent, unintentional firearm deaths, and deaths resulting from the actions of law enforcement acting in the line of duty. Read more.  

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Among Adults with Arthritis — United States, 2015–2017

CDC analyzed 2015–2017 National Health Interview Survey data to estimate the national prevalence of clinically relevant symptoms of anxiety and depression among adults aged 18 years and older with arthritis. Among adults with arthritis, age-standardized prevalence of symptoms of anxiety and depression were 22.5 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively, compared with 10.7 percent and 4.7 percent among adults without arthritis. Read more.  


OCTOBER 24: Direct Connect Learning Community Youth Engagement Steps to Success: Creating Youth Friendly Environments 

Developing and implementing youth engagement strategies in your community? This webinar will assist youth leaders, adult supporters, and organizational staff in identifying ways to enhance supportive youth engagement and working environments. Register now.  

OCTOBER 25: The Power of Telling Your Story 

Join Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) staff for a lively discussion of The Power of Telling Your Story and share your thoughts on: Guiding families to effectively tell their story while respecting their child’s story; Do’s and don’ts of social media; Involving youth in story telling; Developing a story bank for your organization; Tools and resources. Register now.

OCTOBER 25: Stepping Up Four Key Measures #3: Increasing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses Connected to Treatment

Join Stepping Up for the third webinar in the Four Key Measures series, which will provide strategies for increasing the number of people with mental illnesses connected to treatment in jails and in the community and describe key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success. Register now

NOVEMBER 5: Asking this Critical Question Can Make a Difference

This SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance Center will conduct this webinar to provide guidance on how healthcare systems and community providers can identify SMVF. Register now.  

NOVEMBER 7: Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Irritability?

Join NIMH for a webinar on irritability in children. The webinar will cover common signs of severe irritability; how parents can help a child with severe irritability; what treatment options exist, such as cognitive behavioral therapy; and ongoing irritability research conducted at NIMH. Register now.  

NOVEMBER 8: Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids, What Parents Need to Know 

Join NIMH for a webinar on coping strategies for anxious kids. During the webinar, Dr. Erin Berman will discuss: how to identify an anxious child, how to change anxious thinking, the science and biological roots of anxiety in children, how computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety, and current treatment options. Register now.  

NOVEMBER 15: Longitudinal Trends from the Residential Information Systems Project about Services and Supports to People with IDD – How States Vary Compared to Other States and the U.S 

The Residential Information Systems Project (RISP) has been tracking supports and services, particularly deinstitutionalization, for over 40 years. Comparing states across the United States to overall trends within the country can be revealing about how government service models differ in the types of supports and services they provide. Register now.

NOVEMBER 20: Cognitive Decline in Adults with Down Syndrome 

This presentation will review the care and assessment process when decline is suspected including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Register now.

DECEMBER 11: Making an Impact: How Managed Care Organizations Can Enter the Equation 

This session will share Amerigroup’s integrated care coordination approach for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities and will outline an approach to addressing the physical, behavioral, and social needs of individuals with IDD holistically, providing access to a wide array of services through a single coordination point—supporting meaningful community integration and reducing complexity not only for the individual, but for their families and caregivers. Register now.


SAMHSA Funds Expanded Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) Grants for FY 2019; 20 State Grants Available to Establish, Expand Psychiatric Crisis Bed Registries 

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is funding another year of the Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI). The TTI provides, on a competitive basis, flexible funding awards to states, the District of Columbia, and the Territories to strengthen innovative programs. For Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019, SAMHSA will award TTI grants of up to $150,000 to up to twenty (20) states or territories for projects to establish and expand comprehensive, psychiatric crisis bed registry programs.

All states and territories are eligible to apply, the application follows, and all proposals are due back to NASMHPD by October 26, 2018. Any questions regarding the attached TTI application or your proposal, can be directed to David Miller, NASMHPD Project Director, the staff lead on this project. He can be reached at 703-399-6892, or


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and provides education about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Check out the following resources from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center and incorporate them into your work!  

New opioid treatment resources for emergency department clinicians  

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers (SPANISH)  

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide  

New Resources at NASMHPD’s Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Virtual Resource Center

Windows of Opportunity in Early Psychosis Care: Navigating Cultural Dilemmas  

Transitioning Clients from Coordinated Specialty Care: A Guide for Clinicians  

Best Practices in Continuing Care after Early Intervention for Psychosis

Fact Sheet: Trauma, PTSD and First Episode Psychosis  

Supporting Students Experiencing Early Psychosis in Middle School and High School

Engaging with Schools to Support Your Child with Psychosis

Helping Families Understand Services for Persons with Early Serious Mental Illness: A Tip Sheet for Families

Family Involvement in Programming for Early Serious Mental Illness: A Tip Sheet for Clinicians

Early Serious Mental Illness: Guide for Faith Communities

Coordinated Specialty Care for People with First Episode Psychosis: Assessing Fidelity to the Model  


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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