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Governor DeSantis signs a proclamation observing August 31, 2020 as International Overdose Awareness Day in Florida

This global event was designed to raise awareness of overdoses, end the stigma and acknowledge the grief accompanying the deaths and permanent injuries they cause families and communities.   (8/21/20)   READ MORE


Governor DeSantis names Melanie Brown-Wofter, FBHA President, to serve in the Re-open Florida Task Force

Governor DeSantis names Melanie Brown-Wofter, FBHA President, to serve in the Re-open Florida Task Force   (4/22/20)   READ MORE


DEA launches Secure Your Meds campaign, calls on Americans to keep medications safe

With families encouraged to stay at home due to the nationwide health crisis, the Drug Enforcement Administration is asking Americans to keep prescription medications safe and secure until they can properly dispose of them. The Secure Your Meds awareness campaign addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The campaign also prompts families to discuss the issue of controlled prescription drug abuse.   (4/22/20)   READ MORE


New Guidance Regarding Enhanced Medicaid Funding for States

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services issued New Guidance Regarding Enhanced Medicaid Funding for States in light of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127).   (3/24/20)   READ MORE


Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) releases the Drug Control Strategy

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy releases the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and the accompanying National Treatment Plan, an evidence-based framework to increase Americans’ access to high-quality SUD treatment and support those in long-term recovery. The Strategy focuses Federal government efforts along three complementary lines of effort: (1) prevent initiates to drug use through education and evidence-based prevention programs; (2) continue to reduce barriers to treatment services; and (3) continue work to drastically reduce the availability of these drugs in the United States.   (2/4/20)   READ MORE


Perinatal Provider Toolkit

The Perinatal Provider Toolkit is a centralized online reference to help health care providers quickly access reputable resource information on perinatal substance use for patient treatment and education. The toolkit is for any member of the healthcare team serving pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders (SUD) such as:

  • Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses in obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry; and midwives
  • Social workers and case managers
  • Behavioral health and substance use treatment and recovery services
  • Early childhood and home visiting programs
  (11/18/19)   READ MORE


Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook

The AHRQ Academy developed the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook (referred to as the MAT for OUD Playbook), a practical guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. While the Playbook aims to help providers in rural primary care, the information in the Playbook should apply to other ambulatory care settings. This interactive, web-based product has the latest guidance, tools, and resources that address key aspects of implementation.  (10/2/19)   READ MORE

Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses

State and federal health authorities are focusing on the role of contaminants or counterfeit substances as a likely cause of vaping-related lung illnesses — now up to 354 possible cases in 29 states, nearly double the number reported to be under investigation last week, The Washington Post has learned.   (9/16/19)   READ MORE

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act affords practitioners greater flexibility in the provision of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

The SUPPORT Act extends the privilege of prescribing buprenorphine in office-based settings to Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNSs, CRNSs, and CNMs)* until October 1, 2023.  (9/6/19)   READ MORE

Addicted at Birth: Newborns Struggle With the Legacy of Opioids

As the number of overdoses has increased, so has the number of babies born suffering from withdrawal, the pain of addiction cascading from one generation to the next.  (9/4/19)   READ MORE

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.  (7/8/19)   READ MORE

Know the Risks of Marijuana

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S. and its use is growing. Marijuana use among all adult age groups, both sexes, and pregnant women is going up. At the same time, the perception of how harmful marijuana use can be is declining. Increasingly, young people today do not consider marijuana use a risky behavior.  (6/20/19)   READ MORE

Addiction & the Brain. - A Video for Kids

Need help explaining addiction to your kids? Check out our new video, “Addiction & the Brain.” Created in partnership with Prevention Action Alliance, a statewide organization based in Ohio, the video explains how repeated substance misuse can hijack the brain, and why delaying use until the brain has matured is so important.  (6/17/19)   READ MORE

Researchers Pose as Heroin Users to Find Treatment Gaps

ABC NEWS (06/03) – Posing as heroin users seeking help, researchers contacted hundreds of treatment clinics in U.S. states with the highest overdose death rates. The "secret shoppers" were denied appointments much of the time, especially if they said they were insured through Medicaid. The study revealed other roadblocks: high fees and a government website riddled with wrong phone numbers  (6/10/19)   READ MORE

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Maggie Labarta: Mental Health Requires Community Support

What determines how healthy we are? We like to think it’s health care, but health-related behaviors and social circumstances are the biggest determiners of health, resilience and recovery...  (5/17/19)   READ MORE

Florida's One Behavioral Health Association Supports Hope for Healing Florida

Florida's One Behavioral Health Association Supports First Lady Casey DeSantis in the Establishment of Hope for Healing Florida: A Multi-Agency Mental Health and Substance Abuse Campaign  (5/17/19)   READ MORE

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program – New, Deadline July 8, 2019

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and SAMHSA are accepting applications for Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. The DFC Support Program has two goals: 1) Establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth; and 2) Reduce substance abuse among youth, and over time, among adults, by addressing factors in a community that increase risk and promoting factors that minimize risk of substance abuse.
SAMHSA plans to issue 150 grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to 5 years.

Application Due Date: Monday, July 8, 2019  (5/16/19)   READ MORE

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Deadline June 10, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) recently released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (RCORP-MAT Expansion). HRSA plans to invest approximately $8 million in rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

View the funding opportunity here:

FORHP held a webinar for applicants on May 16, 2019. A recording has been made available. Please reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar. You can also contact for questions pertaining to the NOFO.  (5/16/19)   READ MORE

Governor DeSantis Takes Major Steps to Combat Florida's Opioid Crisis

April 1st, 2019, Governor DeSantis Secures Additional $26M in Federal Funding for Florida’s State Opioid Response Project, Re-Establishes Office of Drug Control within the Executive Office of the Governor and Orders a Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse.  (4/2/19)   READ MORE

Podcasts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to present the inaugural episode of our new podcast series, CMS: Beyond the Policy. We’ve heard from stakeholders that they don’t often have time to read lengthy policy documents and participate in training. During some of our recent outreach and education efforts we heard first hand from doctors that a podcast would be a great way to present important, up-to-date information. With the goal in mind to inform the broadest audience possible about changes and updates made within CMS, we took that suggestion and created this podcast. (2/20/19)   READ MORE

Fact Sheet Highlights Medicaid’s Critical Role in Screening for Maternal Depression

Despite evidence that maternal depression is common and can impede the development of young children, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. NASHP’s new fact sheet provides background on maternal depression while also presenting a summary of state Medicaid policies for screening for maternal depression in the context of well-child visits. (1/31/19)   READ MORE

FDA Clears Mobile Medical App to Help Those with Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery Programs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a mobile medical application (app) to help increase retention (the amount of time a patient participates) in an outpatient treatment program for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). The reSET-O app is a prescription cognitive behavioral therapy intended to be used in addition to outpatient treatment under the care of a health care professional, in conjunction with treatment that includes buprenorphine and contingency management. Contingency management is a behavior modification intervention that establishes a connection between new, targeted behavior and the opportunity to obtain a desired reward. (1/4/19)   READ MORE

NIDA's Monitoring the Future Survey Results Just Released

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently released the results from their annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey which shows that while opioid misuse is at a record low, teen vaping use is at an all-time high. (1/3/19)   READ MORE

Florida Making Progress

Florida’s program serves as a nationally accepted treatment for opioid use disorder through the use of medication-assisted treatment combined with behavioral health counseling. (12/10/18)   READ MORE

Mortality in the US, 2017

An annual data brief published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics presents U.S. mortality data on death rates showing that life expectancy at birth decreased in 2017. (12/4/18)   READ MORE

Florida's Naloxone Locator Tool a Key Part of DCF's Overdose Prevention Program

The Florida Department of Children and Families Naloxone Locator Tool connects individuals in the community with local distribution sites and other helpful resources and information. (11/15/18)   READ MORE

FDA Approves New Opioid

The FDA has approved a new, potent, fast-acting opioid, Dsuvia, for administration in certified medically-supervised health care settings and battlefield treatments. (11/9/18)    READ MORE

DEA releases 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

The DEA announced results of the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, which outlines the threats posed to the United States by drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs. (11/5/18)    READ MORE

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act becomes Law (10/24/18)

The new legislative package, H.R. 6, addresses the opioid crisis through treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and combating illicit synthetic drugs. (11/1/18)    READ MORE

ASAM Criteria Referenced in New Federal Law

The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s dimensions of multidimensional assessments are referenced in the Definitions section (Subtitle F IMD Care Act, Sec. 5052) of H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which became public law on 10/24/18. State Medicaid programs covering care in IMD must meet certain requirements, including the use of ASAM dimensions. Read more about the ASAM Criteria.    READ MORE

Proposed Changes to FL Substance Abuse Services Published this Week

A proposed administrative rule change was released on Tuesday affecting Florida's Substance Abuse Services. This week FBHA members received an analysis of the proposed changes, affecting the rule which was originally published 12/2017. (10/26/18)    READ MORE

Partnership gives residents a new start at life

Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare team up to help patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders. (10/11/18)    READ MORE

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care: Overview

The Agency for Health Care Administration reviews upcoming changes to Florida’s new contracts. (9/14/18)    READ MORE

Sugar pills relieve pain for chronic pain patients (9/12/18)

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine scientists publish results of their study in Nature Communications.    READ MORE

NIH Ohio State HWY Patrol Reports Heroin and Fentanyl

The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified a mixture of heroin and fentanyl found in the Ross Correctional Institution. (9/6/18)    READ MORE

A New Model Addresses Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduces a new payment and service delivery model to reduce expenditures and improve care for children covered by Medicaid with behavioral and physical health needs. (8/23/18)    READ MORE

A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD

Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that a shorter therapy may be just as effective as lengthier first-line treatments. (8/8/18)    READ MORE

Opioid Legislation Nears Completion with Passage of Senate Bill

The Senate passed its version of a legislative package to address the opioid crisis; the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 passed in a 99 to 1 vote. (9/20/18)    READ MORE

New Provider Guidance on Patient Care for Pregnant Mothers with OUD

SAMHSA announces the release of 4 new Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets. (8/30/18)    READ MORE

Opioid Prescribing Decreases After Learning of a Patient’s Fatal Overdose

Small-scale study involved clinicians who received a letter from the county medical examiner notifying them that a patient they had prescribed opioids to in the past twelve months had a fatal overdose. (8/9/18)    READ MORE

Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. (9/20/18)     READ MORE

Child Welfare and Family Court OUD Training Modules Produced

A new series of targeted free training modules are now available for child welfare workforce and judicial staff (9/12/18).    READ MORE

Monitoring the Future Survey Results Now Online

NIDA announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey results on substance use trends are now available online, comparing substance use patterns of full-time college students to their non-college peers (9/5/18).    READ MORE

September is National Recovery Month

Explore tips and events related to the 2018 National Recovery Month; the theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community (9/10/18).   READ MORE

New SAMHSA Resource Now in Spanish

SAMHSA announces the release of the Spanish translation of the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (8/9/18).   READ MORE

NIDA Launches MAT Tool

A new tool to assist clinicians implementing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder is now available.   READ MORE

Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey Published

A collaborative effort between government entities, the 2018 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey was just released and assesses risk and protective factors among students. (9/24/18)   READ MORE

CCBHC Impact Survey

The National Council released its CCBHC Addiction Treatment Impact survey report, Bridging the Addiction Treatment Gap: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. The report’s findings support the role of CCBHCs in addiction treatment. (6/12/18)    READ MORE

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

SAMHSA announces the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention, the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.   READ MORE

Behavioral Health Integration FAQs

In April, CMS updated the publication Frequently Asked Questions about Billing Medicare for Behavioral Health Integration Services to the Physician Fee Schedule (4/17/18).   READ MORE

FDA Issues Warning Letters

FDA warns companies selling illegal, unapproved kratom products marketed for opioid cessation (5/22/18).   READ MORE

Ounce Of Prevention - Post Funding Opportunity

The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida has a funding opportunity for prevention programs to "Reduce substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) among pregnant and parenting women and teenagers" among other initiatives.   READ MORE

Operation Prevention

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has joined with Discovery Education to combat substance misuse nationwide. Results are a range of fresh resources including virtual field trips, parent resources, and a national video challenge.  READ MORE

Children of the Opioid Epidemic

The New York Times Magazine publishes the experiences of mothers struggling to overcome addiction.  READ MORE

Sessions Proposes Plan to Limit Opioid Production

Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed a change to national drug policy by limiting the amount of opioids that certain companies can manufacture each year.   READ MORE

Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts

Alcohol use is the subject of a new fact sheet published by SAMHSA as a prevention resource written specifically for preteens and teens.   READ MORE

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA announces the launch of the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, which aims to provide communities, clinicians, policymakers, and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.  READ MORE

Prevention Conversations

Prevention Conversations is a series of short videos produced by SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. Hear SAMHSA prevention grantees and specialists share information and stories related to the prevention of opioid misuse, overdose, and other substance-related problems. Learn more about effective approaches to preventing these pressing substance misuse problems at

County-Level Hospitalization Rates Show Impact of Opioids, Other Substances

A new online statistical resource from AHRQ allows users to compare county-level hospitalization rates for opioids, alcohol, stimulants and other drugs. To support efforts to address the opioids crisis, AHRQ has also updated an interactive map to provide county-specific data on opioid-related hospitalization rates in 32 states.  READ MORE

Hip-Hop Music Influencing More African-Americans to Try "Molly"

In a study published the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, researchers found 82 percent said music influenced their decision to try it.   READ MORE

New Peer Support Tools

SAMHSA has produced new briefs that describe how peer supports advance recovery and add value to behavioral health systems.   READ MORE

Characteristics of Inpatient Stays Involving Hepatitis C, 2005-2014

Hospital stays involving hepatitis C increased 67 percent among “Baby Boomer” patients between 2005 and 2014, more than any other age group, according to a new AHRQ statistical brief.   READ MORE


Statewide Drug Policy Advisory Council 2017 Annual Report

DOH's Drug Policy Advisory Council publishes their 2017 Annual Report that includes recommendations, summarizes last year's accomplishments, and connects the latest statistics to policy.   READ MORE

Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy 

Released by the Trust for America’s Health, the study highlights solutions and calls for a national resilience strategy.   READ MORE

Medical Examiners Commission releases Drugs in Deceased Persons report (11/15/17)

The Florida Medical Examiners Commission released its 2016 annual report, Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners. The report, covering Jan. through Dec. 2016, shows drugs either caused or were present in 11,910 deaths across Florida. Data is collected on 46 drugs including opioids, benzodiazepines, and cocaine.   READ MORE

President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

>On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission will be chaired by Governor Chris Christie and will study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis.   READ MORE

Former Heroin Addict Calls Vivitrol 'Miracle Drug' that Helped him Kick Addiction

Addicted inmates in Orange County Jail on waiting list to get into program.   READ MORE