SAMHSA Releases Resource on Preventing Opioid Overdose


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a resource titled “Preventing Opioid Overdose: Understanding Good Samaritan Laws”. This resource provides an overview of this overdose prevention strategy, including the aims of these laws and types of protections they can offer. Overdose Good Samaritan laws are policies that provide legal protections for individuals who call for emergency assistance (such as 9-1-1) in the event of a drug overdose. This may include protection from arrest and/or prosecution for crimes related to drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and other crimes. These laws are designed to encourage people to summon emergency assistance if they experience or witness a drug overdose. As of July 2017, 40 states and the District of Columbia have instituted Good Samaritan laws. Yet, lack of awareness and understanding of the protections these laws provide, as well as concerns about their limitations, may be limiting their effectiveness in...

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September is National Recovery Month


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is sponsoring the 23rd National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This long-standing, national observance promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. The goal is to educate Americans that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Each September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and...

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NCADD Affiliate Program Recognized by SAMHSA


Behavioral Health Services/NCADD of the South Bay’s Beach Cities Prevention Community Council received national recognition from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as one of its 2016 Prevention Program Success Stories. The story is based on the Beach Cities Prevention Community Council’s awareness event, “Safety Stress and Social Media: Educating Parents and Protecting Teens,” which was held in Hermosa Beach on April 28, 2016. An article about the program was posted by SAMHSA at 2016 SAMHSA Success Story. Behavioral Health Services is the NCADD Affiliate in Gardena, CA and the Beach Cities Prevention Community Council program was the recipient of NCADD’s 2017 Prevention & Education Meritorious Award. Raunda Frank, Prevention Coordinator, and Heather Longridge, Outreach Specialist, presented about the program and accepted the award at the 2017 NCADD Conference of Affiliates. For more information please contact:The Behavioral Health Services, Inc./National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the...

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