The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the Nation’s largest organization representing medical professionals who specialize in addiction prevention and treatment, recently updated its definition of addiction:   “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue... Read more about "New ASAM Definition of Addiction "
Post date: January 15, 2020
A Technical Assistance call will be held on January 21, 2020 from 1 to 2pm EST.  To register to participate in the conference call, please send an e-mail request to by January 16, 2020.
Post date: December 18, 2019
Since 2010, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has hosted National Rural Health Day to highlight the efforts of and collaborations in rural communities to address unique challenges in accessing and delivering healthcare services. During the week of November 18–21, a series of events will take place, including webinars, twitter chats, and a virtual job... Read more about "Participate in National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2019"
Post date: November 15, 2019
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to publish a Request for Applications (RFA) to improve the management of opioids and opioid use disorder in older adults. AHRQ’s research has shown that hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to opioids are rapidly increasing among older adults. It is known that older adults may be uniquely at risk of adverse outcomes due to polypharmacy, comorbidities, other age-related conditions, and social stigma and... Read more about "Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults"
Post date: October 30, 2019
The following items highlight important news and publications about opioid use disorder (OUD) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT):
Post date: October 23, 2019
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announced a $16 million initiative to help primary care practices increase efforts to address patients’ unhealthy alcohol use.
Post date: October 22, 2019
A 2019 journal article, published by Pediatrics, describes the structure and process of, as well as patient experience outcomes in, 13 pediatric practices enrolled in a behavioral health integration program (BHIP) in Massachusetts. The program provided indepth behavioral health education, on-demand psychiatric consultations, operational support for practice transformation, and onsite behavioral health services.... Read more about "Integration of Behavioral Health Services in the Pediatric Setting"
Post date: September 18, 2019
State Medicaid financing policies play an important role in facilitating healthcare integration, but sometimes they create barriers. Two recent articles explored the effects of different Medicaid financing models on the integration of health services into various healthcare settings.
Post date: August 10, 2019
Nomination Deadline: June 14, 2019 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is establishing an Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee. This committee is being formed pursuant to Section 7022 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT Act, Public Law 115-271—PDF, 678 KB).
Post date: June 06, 2019
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released updated behavioral health workforce projections for 2016 to 2030. The analyses, mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act (PDF - 930 KB), include factsheets... Read more about "Updated Behavioral Health Workforce Projections"
Post date: March 29, 2019