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3 Ways Communities are Using Naloxone to Fight the Opioid Epidemic and Save Lives

The relentless pace of opioid overdose deaths has taken a toll on communities and left friends, family and neighbors of individuals struggling with opioid dependency feeling powerless.  As the country struggles to keep up with the relentless pace of opioid overdose deaths, local communities have galvanized to develop and promote innovative strategies to get naloxone into the hands of any potential life savers, looking at a greater range of first responders and beyond to play a role.

Will Declaring a National State of Emergency Solve the Opioid Epidemic?

There is no doubt that something needs to change in order to effectively provide the help and care individuals need to combat Opioid Use Disorder. But is declaring a national emergency the solution? This article explains what an official state of emergency actually means, the various laws the administration can use for this kind of declaration, and whether it's an appropriate solution.

Be the One to Save a Life

In this post, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline discusses their campaign, #BeThe1To 5-steps to Save a Life. Lifeline initially launched this widely successful campaign in 2016 to recognize that year’s National Suicide Prevention Month and provide people with concrete, actionable tools. For 2017, the campaign has established partnerships with over 30 suicide prevention and mental health organizations across the country and will host Facebook Live and Twitter chats throughout the month of September. The author Chris Maxwell paints a picture of someone in crisis and walks the reader through ways to successfully address this type of situation and the individual's needs. 

The Story of a Standard: The Development of COA's Adult Foster Care Standards

In this article, we will be examining some of the puzzle pieces of the Adult Foster Care (AFC) standards. A crucial player in the standard development process are experts in the field. As we walk-through elements of the AFC standards, make note of your thoughts and recommendations. We’ll give you guidance on how to share your voice with us and participate in the development process at the conclusion of this post.

The Story of a Standard: Youth Psychosocial Rehabilitation Standards

Writing standards is a weird gig and an even weirder one to explain. My go-to line when asked the dreaded “so what do you do for a living” question is “I write rules and regulations that organizations have to meet to be accredited.” This is followed by a litany of questions: “Do you like it?” “Yes.” “Can you explain what it is you do exactly?” “Kind of?” But in whatever context in which the what-do-you-do-for-a-living question comes up, there’s no good way to clearly describe my role. My explanation inevitably comes out dry, and doesn’t amount to much more than “I type on a computer all day,” which doesn’t do the job justice. 

The most visceral way to explain standards development is, it’s about breathing life into a concept and then making it concrete and tangible. Which, to someone like me who finds policy exhilarating, is a little bit like magic. If magic were overly concerned with procedures. Now let’s walk-through the evolution of the YPS standards.

Why Everyone Needs to Know About Mental Health First Aid

Most people are familiar with CPR. In fact, more than 12 million Americans are trained in CPR every year to appropriately respond in case of a cardiac emergency. But what do we do if someone is having a mental health emergency? According to Mental Health America’s 2017 report, one in five adults has a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans, making it arguably more likely to come in contact with someone in an emotional crisis or with a mental illness. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), is a lesser known but equally important form of emergency assistance. It is a public education program that prepares people to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn how to identify the symptoms associated with mental health disorders, assess for suicide risk, and encourage appropriate intervention or care. 

MHFA has been around for over a decade and it is estimated to be as common as CPR by 2020. In honor of Mental Health month, this article will put a spotlight on MHFA as a catalyst for reducing stigma and improving mental health literacy throughout communities nationwide.

Exploring the Complexities of Opioid Use Disorder

Throughout, the United States opioids have seeped their way into rural and urban communities, affecting people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Public Health officials are calling the opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in our country’s history. In this article we explore the complexities of opioid use disorder and discuss the hope provided by advancements in medical technology, shining light on possible solutions to the epidemic.