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 Your source for updates on how the SC CTSI is working with the Los Angeles County Department of  Mental Health and the mental health community  
Volume 2, Issue 12                                                                                                                  February 20, 2014
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Latest Issue of Inside NIMH Available
The latest edition of Inside NIMH, in which recent funding opportunities and new initiatives are summarized, is available. In addition to a budget update and notable grant awards, this edition includes updates on the BRAIN Initiative, the Early Prediction and Prevention of Psychosis initiative, and the Recovery After and Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.

Closing the Gaps:  Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Treatment through Engagement



The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. The Real Cost campaign is the FDA's first of several planned tobacco education campaigns using the new authority granted under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2009. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year. 
NIH Director's Blog: Exploring the Complex Genetics of Schizophrenia
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins discusses recently published reports that have revealed a complex constellation of rare mutations that point to specific genes-at least in certain cases-for schizophrenia. 




Substance Abuse Treatment Resources focus on teens

This new online publication presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs, including illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; and presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.




A Year of Health: Multicultural Health Planners
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has created a series of free multicultural health planners for 2014, which provide research-based health tips and information about staying healthy. The four health planners, created with community input, are tailored for the following audiences: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic/Latinos.




Clinical Digest: Complementary Health Approaches for Smoking Cessation

Mind-body body approaches for smoking cessation are the focus of this month's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinical Digest.


New Spanish-language resources from NIA
NIA has expanded its Spanish-language resources for older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.


El duelo por la muerte de un conyuge (Mourning the Death of a Spouse) 
Entendiendo la perdida de memoria (Understanding Memory Loss)

Entendiendo la enfermedad de Alzheimer (Understanding Alzheimer's Disease) 



Resources for Young Adults
SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign has developed and collected resources to support young adults, family and friends of young adults, and professionals and providers working with young adults during this transitional time. 


SAMHSA News: Focus on Bullying prevention

The latest issue of SAMHSA News features SAMHSA's multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to addressing bullying. 




LGBT Populations: A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems

This summary recaps a meeting to identify factors that promote or hinder recovery from mental illness or substance abuse for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals, and to gain an understanding of their perspectives and experiences in advancing recovery.




Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

Developed in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from SAMHSA and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, these guidelines promote the behavioral health and criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches to identify which persons need services, what services they need, and how to match these needs upon transition to community-based treatment and supervision. The guidelines can be found on the GAINS Center website's "Reentry" Topical Resources page.







The HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released Child Maltreatment 2012, the 23rd in a series of reports designed to provide state-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. According to the 2012 report, the number of children suffering abuse, neglect, and maltreatment dropped nationwide for the sixth consecutive year.  





Descriptive Study of Bipolar Disorder: Outpatient: 1-3 visits and may include follow-up visits until age 25. This study describes, over time, the moods and behavior of children. Participants must have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. The study includes performing research and computer tasks, neuropsychological testing, and MRI brain imaging. Recruiting ages 6-17.  [00-M-0198] 




Some meditiation programs beneficial for psychological Stress

A new research review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program finds that meditation programs-particularly mindfulness programs designed to focus attention and awareness on inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion-are beneficial for reducing psychological stress, including anxiety, depression, and pain; however, there was insufficient evidence on the effect of meditation programs on stress-related behavioral outcomes such as positive mood, attention, substance use, eating, sleep, and weight.  

MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH: News You Can Use! is produced by the SC CTSI Community Engagement program. For questions or information, please contact Holly Kiger, RN, MN, CNS.