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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July 12, 2018
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the month offers organizations of all types and sizes an opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. Learn more
Therapy Reduces Risk in Suicidal Youth
July 12, 2018
A recent NIMH-funded clinical trial of a psychotherapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)—which has been shown to be effective in reducing suicide-related behavior in adults—showed that DBT can also reduce suicide attempts and suicidal behavior in adolescents. Read more.


Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Smoke-Free Policies in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities — United States, 2016
June 7, 2018
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SAMHSA analysis examined tobacco-related policies and practices in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilitiesin the U.S. including Puerto Rico.
This research relates to an NRI report, Effects of Adopting a Smoke-Free Policy in State Psychiatric Hospitals, which investigated how adopting a smoke-free policy in state psychiatric hospitals affected key factors, including adverse events, smoking cessation treatment options, and specialty training for clinical staff about smoking-related issues.

A Conversation about Youth and Behavioral Health
May 17, 2018
On Friday, April 20 NRI led a focus group in Orange County, NC about overcoming access barriers to Behavioral Health treatment for young county residents. NRI hosted various agencies from across the county to promote inter-agency collaboration and determine next steps to improve care in the county. The meeting is part of an overall behavioral health assessment being conducted by NRI focused on youth services. 

Photos from the day are below: (click to view original photo)





Programs for Individuals with Mental Health and I/DD Needs
May 3, 2018

On April 25, NRI organized and facilitated the webinar, Programs for Individuals with Mental Health and I/DD Needs for SAMHSA's Olmstead Communities of Practice: The Intersection of Criminal Justice and Olmstead. Paul Van Almkerk, Ed.D., and Susan Powers, Ph.D. shared their knowledge regarding this unique criminal-justice involved population, including information on community-based programs that have been developed to support criminal-justice involved individuals with mental health and I/DD needs. The recording is available for playback.

NASMHPD Launches Website 
May 3, 2018  

NASMHPD Executive Director Dr. Brian Hepburn announced the creation of a new website,, dedicated to providing the framework needed to optimize mental health crisis services within communities. NASMHPD is partnering in the proect with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and RI International.