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The PIC will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday 11/27 and Friday 11/28.

Bulletin Analyzes Co-occurrence of Substance-Related Behaviors

Source: JUVJUST, 11/14/2008
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published “Co-occurrence of Substance Use Behaviors in Youth.”

The bulletin draws on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth to analyze the prevalence and overlap of substance-related behaviors among youth. The central finding of this analysis is that given one substance-related behavior, other substance-related behaviors become more likely.

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“Co-occurrence of Substance Use Behaviors in Youth” is available online only at http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=241031.

Promoting Innovation in Financing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Source: SAMHSA News Release, 11/13/2008
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the creation of a new financing center of excellence. Through the new center, SAMHSA will create a national network of expertise for generating new financing approaches as well as promising practices developed by mental health and substance abuse service programs and policy makers across the country.

?Our goal is to provide individuals working to improve the nation?s health with insight on maximizing financial support for mental health and substance abuse services,? said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. ?By serving as a source of innovation and information dissemination, SAMHSA can greatly advance its goal of increasing prevention and treatment service capacity and improving effectiveness.?

SAMHSA established the center through a five-year contract for $7.3 million with Deloitte Consulting LLP, which will set up and manage the center. Deloitte, public sector and health care financing consultancy in the U.S., has worked with over 47 states and territories and 80 percent of the largest managed care organizations on health and human services financing issues.

Some center activities will include:

  • monitoring and analyzing public and private mental health and substance abuse treatment systems and major trends and advances in service delivery financing;
  • convening experts to identify mechanisms to foster sustainable improvements in the financing of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment delivery systems; and
  • communicating routinely to the public about all facets of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment financing.

The center will draw upon the services of leading experts in the fields of public health financing as well as the services of organizations that will serve as contractors to Deloitte Consulting such as the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, NASMPHD Research Institute Inc, American Public Human Services Association/National Association of State Medicaid Directors, and Carnevale Associates.

New Data Show Drinking Age Laws Saved 4,441 Lives Over 5 Years

Source: Press Releases : National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), 11/6/08
Minimum 21-year-old drinking age laws prevented an estimated 4,441 drunken driving deaths in the last five years alone, according to a new report released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA Acting Administrator David Kelly, who presented the report at a symposium on the subject led by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said, ?Turning our back on these laws would be a deadly mistake. Minimum drinking age laws are among the most effective measures ever used to reduce drunken driving deaths among America’s young people.?

In addition to estimating lives saved due to 21-year-old minimum drinking age laws, the new NHTSA study shows the number of lives saved by motorcycle helmets has risen sharply in recent years, paralleling an increase in motorcycle use. Agency estimates indicate that lives saved by helmets rose from 1,173 in 2003 to 1,784 in 2007. For the five-year period ending last year, fully 7,502 lives were spared because motorcyclists used helmets.

The new statistical report examined a series of additional safety issues, and showed that in 2007 alone: frontal air bags saved 2,788 passengers age 13 and older; child safety seats saved 358 lives of children age 4 and under; seat belts saved 15,147 and could have saved another 5,024 lives had they been worn by all vehicle occupants involved in fatal crashes.

To view the new NHTSA report, please click here.