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CDC Survey Details Teen Behavior

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The news is decidedly mixed. The number of teens smoking, drinking, and having sex is down, but risky behavior (drug and alcohol use and attempted suicides) remains high among Hispanics. This is of particular concern as Hispanics are one of the fastest growing populations.

The survey also shows that efforts to convince teens to delay or practice safe sex appear to be faltering. After several years of declines, the sexual behavior rates have leveled off and there is evidence that rates of teen sex may be going up while condom use may be on the decline.

You can find the CDC report and additional data here. You can read articles about the study in USA Today here, the Washington Post here, Reuters here, and the Associated Press here.


June 5, 2008 at 9:24 am 1 comment

NYSHealth to Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Initiatives

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), a fund created with the proceeds of the conversion of Empire BCBS to for profit status, has announced that it is adding “Integrated Mental Health/Substance Use Services” as one of its priority areas. This initiative is divided into two components: integrating services and an initiative for returning veterans.

The following is from the NYSHealth website:

Nearly 1.4 million people in New York State suffer from co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; however, individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders rarely receive services that effectively address both of these issues. For years, the mental health and substance use systems of care have operated separately, and regulatory and financial barriers have restricted integration of these services. Not surprisingly, poor health outcomes are associated with co-occurring disorders in the absence of integrated care and individuals with co-occurring disorders are at higher risk for other serious medical problems, homelessness, violence, social isolation, and early death. NYSHealth has set as a priority area the integration of mental health and substance use services in New York State, and is dedicated to advancing potential solutions. As a component of this priority area, NYSHealth has identified returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families as a high-need, sub-population whose broad mental health needs are not being met.

The Foundation is committing $10 million over the next 5 years for its Integrative Services initiatives and $2 million over the next two years for its Returning Veterans program.

May 28, 2008 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Seminar on Mental Health Program for At-Risk Children

The Summer in the City Series launches its 2008 season with presentation and discussion entitled “Fostering Recovery: Mental Health, Child Welfare and Recovery Working Together for Families.”

The topic is a new joint program involving the University’s Department of Psychiatry, the Mount Hope Family Center, the Monroe County Department of Human Services, and the Monroe County Family Court that provides children and parents in welfare and foster care programs with the mental health care they need to thrive and stay together as a family.   The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health.

You can read a news release about the launching of the program here.

The series, which is sponsored by the Center for Community Health, will take place on Tuesday, June 3 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in K-307 in the Medical Center.  Speakers include: Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D., the principal investigator of the project, and Cynthia Lewis, LMSW, ACSW, director of Child and Family Services with the Monroe County Department of Human Services.

A light lunch will be served.  For more information, contact or 276-3056.

May 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment


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