Spotlight on SAMHSA Resources




Guidance coverpage image Guidance on Strategies to Promote Best Practice in Antipsychotic Prescribing for Children and Adolescents
The document provides a “bird’s eye view” of systems-level strategies to inform public and private sector decision‐makers, prescribing clinicians, and other key stakeholders in designing and implementing antipsychotic monitoring programs to improve outcomes for youth with mental disorders across the nation.  Please click HERE for the document.



Addressing Youth Violence coverpage image SAMHSA presentation: Addressing Risk of Violent Behavior in Youth
The purposes of this presentation are to provide educators, friends, and family members with basic knowledge about violence in youth; understand protective and risk factors associated with violent behaviors in youth; provide basic knowledge about the connection of mental illnesses and violence; provide information about mental illness in youth; and provide opportunities and strategies that teachers, family members, and friends can use to manage situations of concern.  Please click HERE for the pdf slides.


co-occuring disorder coverpage imageCo-occurring substance use and mental disorders among adults with opioid
use disorder

Using 2015–2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data, prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and receipt of mental health and substance use treatment services was estimated for adults aged 18–64 with OUD.   Please click HERE for the article.



Tip 61 coverpage imageSAMHSA’s new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP)
TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives (TIP 61), provides practical and culturally relevant guidance on how best to provide effective behavioral health services to clients in this population. Please click HERE to download the publication.



Exposed to Disaster coverpage imageBehavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Natural Disasters
In this issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin, the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) focuses on children’s reactions to natural disasters, including more severe mental disorders. It also presents behavioral health interventions designed to address the needs of all children following disasters. Please click HERE for the Bulletin.


SMI Treatment Locator coverpage imageEarly Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator
One of the most important advances in treating serious mental illness in recent years is improving care for people experiencing a first onset of serious mental illness. We know that early phases of psychosis can be identified, and that team-based coordinated specialty care treatment reduces the likelihood of long-term disability. Please click HERE for the Locator Tool.


CIT coverpage imageCrisis Intervention Team Methods for using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide
SAMHSA has published this report to support communities in creating and evaluating their own crisis intervention teams so they can use data to improve effective responses to individuals in crisis.  Crisis Intervention Teams have shown effectiveness in decreasing the number of mental-health related arrests while increasing public safety. Please click HERE for the guide.


Promoting Emotional Health - Spanish coverpage imagePromoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers (SPANISH). CÓMO PROMOVER LA SALUD EMOCIONAL Y PREVENIR EL SUICIDIO: Una Guía para Centros de Atención de Adultos Mayores.  Este kit de herramientas ayuda a los centros para personas mayores a integrar la prevención del suicidio en actividades que apoyan el bienestar. Describe actividades que aumentan los factores de protección y explica cómo reconocer las señales de alerta del suicidio.  Please click HERE for the toolkit.