Ask Amy: Grandparents balk at request to pay for grandson’s in-patient mental health treatment
If your adolescent grandson is an immediate risk to himself and others, then a residential treatment program might be the best option for him right now. However, any treatment program should start with a comprehensive professional assessment. If they already have a diagnosis, then they could check with their local medical center, university, and county mental health department to research the best options for him. They can also call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA also has a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator on its website that can be searched by location.mlive.com
$4M awarded to improve access to mental health and substance abuse services in Allegan County
ALLEGAN, MI — A nearly $4-million grant will establish the first certified community behavioral health clinic in Allegan County. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Allegan County Community Mental Health Services a two-year, $3.99 million grant to implement a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in Allegan County. “There are a lot of needs in Allegan County that we care a lot about. This grant will go a long way toward meeting those needs.”Chuck Ingoglia, president and CEO for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, said the community clinics “are transforming our ability to address the nation’s mental health, substance use and overdose crises. Allegan County Community Mental Health Services is Allegan County’s public mental health authority, providing care and support for people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual/developmental disabilities, the organization said.mlive.com
Survey: Opioid misuse decreases, serious mental illness increases among Americans
The annual survey was released on Friday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and includes data on mental health and substance use among Americans. Serious mental illness is also reportedly increasing among adults 18-49 years old. The report concluded that substance abuse and mental disorders are common among throughout the U.S. Those with serious mental illness are more likely to misuse substance, as individuals misusing substances are likely to experience mental health issues, according to the survey. “Increases in marijuana and methamphetamine use and in serious mental illness are very concerning, and we expect that these challenges will be exacerbated by this year’s pandemic," Azar said. “The NSDUH data provide a foundation that helps to focus resources to address the important areas of mental health and substance use issues in our nation,” said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.