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Behavioral health encompasses “behavioral factors in chronic illness care, care of physical symptoms associated with stress rather than diseases, and health behaviors, as well as mental health and substance abuse conditions and diagnoses.” (AHRQ 2013) This resource presents a curated collection of websites, data sources and documents from high quality government and not-for-profit sources, to inform researchers, practitioners and policymakers addressing such topics as access, cost and financing, quality and outcomes, organization, distribution, utilization of behavioral health care services, with particular focus on integrated behavioral health care:

"… primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of health care utilization." (AHRQ, 2013)

  • HHS Awards 16 Grants to Prevent Opioid Misuse among Women and Girls - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    HHS has announced 16 awards to public and private nonprofit entities across the nation. Sixteen projects covering 16 cities in 12 states were selected to address the primary and/or secondary prevention of prescription and illegal opioid misuse by women across the lifespan.

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News: Behavioral/Mental Health

Data Tools and Statistics

  • Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    ARDI is an online application that provides national and state estimates of alcohol-related health impacts, including deaths and years of potential life lost (YPLL). These estimates are calculated for 54 acute and chronic causes using alcohol-attributable fractions, and are reported by age and sex for 2006-2010.

  • Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The Atlas aims to support the field of integrated behavioral health care measurement by: presenting a framework for understanding measurement of integrated care; providing a list of existing measures relevant to integrated behavioral health care; and organizing the measures by the framework and by user goals to facilitate selection of measures.

  • Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4 - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    This report presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions. This data includes the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking. The report also highlights the percentages of those who seek treatment for these conditions.

  • Behavioral Health Barometers - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    This series, which began in 2010, is a series of State and national reports that provide a snapshot of the state of behavioral health in the Nation.

  • Behavioral Health Integration Capacity Assessment Tool Details

    Resources for Integrated Care has created an online interactive tool (which requires free registration), a downloadable tool and a webinar (held on March 28, 2014) which introduces the resource, all designed to assist assessment of behavioral health organizations' ability to integrate primary care services

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The BRFSS is comprised of over 400,000 telephone surveys of U.S. adults each year. The survey covers health-related risk behaviors, health conditions, and use of preventive services, including drug addiction, depression, and other mental/behavioral topics.

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Annual Survey Data - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation's system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.

  • Brother, You're on My Mind Toolkit - (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH USA)  Details

    A new toolkit is designed to assist Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters and partners in educating the community on depression and stress in African American men.

  • Health, United States, 2015 - Mental Health - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Mental health data from the National Center for Health Statistics, including access to/use of healthcare, expenditures, health status, and suicide.

  • NIMH Statistics - (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)  Details

    Included here are the statistics currently available on the prevalence, treatment, and costs of mental disorders for the population of the United States,

  • National Behavioral Health Quality Framework - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    This framework, aligned with the National Quality Forum, provides a mechanism to examine and prioritize quality prevention, treatment, and recovery elements at the payer/system/plan, provider/practitioner, and patient/population levels.

  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 350 substance use and mental health interventions. NREPP was developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation.

  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Annual survey on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older.

  • Opiate Addiction and Treatment - (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)  Details

    Resources on opioid addiction, overdosing, treatments, prescribing, recovery, and topic searches from PubMed and other databases.

  • Opioid & Health Indicators Database - (American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR))  Details

    A database of local, state, and national statistics on HIV and hepatitis C infections, opioid use and overdose rates, availability of drug treatment and needle exchange programs. Users can also compare data at the state and county levels to see the differential impact of the epidemic.

  • Public-use Data Analysis System (PDAS) - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    PDAS is a user-friendly online analysis tool for users to analyze public-use data from SAMHSA. Using this tool, users can create crosstabs, perform logistic regression, and download the output to .csv format.

  • Quality Measures - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Access technical specifications and templates for collecting and reporting the quality measures for certified community behavioral health clinics

  • SAMHSA Data - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Access to data, reports and statistics produced by SAMHSA. Data can be analyzed online.

  • Series: Behavioral Health-United States - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    A series of reports on the nation's mental health system across three themes: people; treatment facility characteristics; and payers and payment mechanisms. Includes state-level data, needs of children and military personnel, and services in non-traditional settings.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    SAMHDA provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health.

  • U.S. Prescribing Rate Maps - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Interactive maps that show annual opioid prescribing rates between 2006 and 2016 by state and county.

  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical activity.

Data Repositories

  • NIDA Data Share - (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH)  Details

    This repository houses data related to behavioral, pharmacological, and integrated treatment interventions on drug abuse and addiction.

Screening Tools

  • Grid-Enabled Measures Database (GEM) - (National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH)  Details

    A web-based collaborative tool containing behavioral, social science, and other relevant scientific measures, constructs, and datasets.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

  • NIH Toolbox® - (Northwestern University USA)  Details

    A comprehensive set of neuro-behavioral measurements to assess cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor functions, available through an iPad app (subscription required) or PDF (free).

  • Screening Tools - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Tools developed to assist primary caregivers in early detection of mental health and substance use disorders.

Guidelines, Articles

  • 2016 Children's Mental Health Report Details

    A report from the Child Mind Institute that discusses the prevalence of mental health issues in children, the impact on health, well-being, and learning, and prevention/treatment methods. Free registration is required to download the PDF.

  • Mental Health Research Findings (2009) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This program brief presents findings from AHRQ-supported extramural and intramural research projects on mental health,which were published between 2007 and 2009.

  • PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress - (Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA USA)  Details

    This database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides citations and abstracts to the international literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health sequelae of traumatic events.

  • TIP 59: Improving Cultural Competence - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    This guide helps professional care providers and administrators understand the role of culture in the delivery of mental health and substance use services. It describes cultural competence and discusses racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations.

  • The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (December 2016) images/pdf.gif icon - (Indian Health Service (IHS), Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Report provides background on the historical and current contexts of tribal communities, data on targeted behavioral health issues faced by American Indians and Alaska Natives, and health care service system issues and considerations. Additionally, it provides foundational elements, priorities, and strategies to improve behavioral health in AI/AN communities.

Integrated Care

  • Growing Older: Providing Integrated Care for An Aging Population - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Guides clinicians on the best approaches for providing integrated care to older adults suffering from substance use disorder and mental illness. Explains the importance of assessing clients for cognitive deficits and adapting behavioral interventions to help clients gain maximum benefit from treatment.

  • Integrated Care Models - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Evidence, examples, and models supporting primary and behavioral healthcare integration

  • Integrating Care - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Programs that encourage states to provide integrated care, a concept that provides the full array of Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

  • Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Primary Care - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    This issue brief discusses two evidence-based interventions, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), and explores state payment and delivery forms being used to integrate behavioral health into primary care.

  • Integration Playbook - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    A guide to integrating behavioral health in primary care and other ambulatory care settings.

  • Resources for Integrated Care - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS, Lewin Group USA)  Details

    A selection of assessment tools, concept guides, webinars and briefs related to integrated care for the Medicare-Medicaid community. The focus of the resources are on intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and serious mental illness.


  • Laws and Regulations - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Laws and regulations pertaining to substance abuse and mental health services, SAMHSA programs, and related topics.

  • Mental Health Parity Act - (U.S. Department of Labor (DOL))  Details

    Regulation, guidance, related information and publications concerning the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008

  • Protecting Our Infants Act: Report to Congress (January 2017) - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    This report provides background information on prenatal opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), summarizes HHS activities related to prenatal opioid exposure and NAS, presents clinical and programmatic evidence and recommendations for preventing and treating NAS, and presents a strategy to address the identified gaps, challenges, and recommendations.

Grants, Funding Fellowships

  • Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy (R01) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  Details

    Funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites prospective applicants to propose research addressing treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorder and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies of medications used for maternal treatment.

  • Behavioral Health Funding Infographic and Directory - (Grantmakers in Health (GIH) USA)  Details

    This report, the result of a March 2017 survey, discusses current trends and gaps in behavioral health philanthropy, including mental health, substance use, trauma, and other behavioral health issues.

  • Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) aims to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racial and ethnic populations.

Social Media

Conferences, Webinars, Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

  • ARG Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships - (Alcohol Research Group (ARG), University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health)  Details

    The two-year fellowships at ARG provide research training in the study of alcohol and drug use and problems, and are oriented toward the pursuit of basic and applied socio-behavioral and epidemiological research. Research is focused on the study of the prevalence, distribution, etiology, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, alcohol-related problems, drug use, and drug-related problems. Health disparities are a central theme of both the training program and ARG broadly.

  • Get Naloxone Now Details

    Get Naloxone Now is an online resource to train people to respond effectively to an opioid-associated overdose emergency. Get Naloxone Now advocates for widespread access to overdose education and training in how to administer naloxone, the life-saving antidote for opioid-associated overdose.

  • Pathways to Safer Opioid Use - (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)  Details

    An immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

  • RDoC Educational and Training Resources - (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)  Details

    NIMH offers several research training and career development opportunities to help researchers apply RDoC principles to psychopathology research and clinical trials, including webinars, courses, and virtual office hours.

Upcoming Meetings

  • 28th National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 14th Prevention Day - (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA))  Details

    February 5-8, 2018 National Harbor, MD. The 28th National Leadership Forum including SAMHSA's 14th Prevention Day, the premier and largest training conference for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders and prevention and addiction researchers.


  • Director's Webinar Series - (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH)  Details

    A series of webinars on topics related to behavioral health and socioeconomic aspects of health.

  • Webinar Series on Quality Measures - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    The Summer 2016 Behavioral Health Clinic Data Collection and Quality Reporting Webinar Series covers a range of topics related to quality measures for behavioral health clinics.

Past Events

  • Addiction in America - (Washington Post Live)  Details

    On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The Washington Post, policymakers, researchers and health care experts examined the roots of the country's opioid crisis and discussed solutions for combating addiction in America. Transcripts and recorded videos are available.

  • National Prevention Week 2017 Webinar: Opioid Addiction and Prevention - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    Webinar from May 2017 provides an overview of the growing issue of opioid addiction and how partner engagement can support prevention efforts. It features SAMHSA and state prevention experts, and NPW partner, American Society for Addiction Medicine.

Key Organizations

  • American Society of Addiction Medicine Details

    ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

  • Behavioral Health - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    A set of tools and website delineating the integration of health care in the area of behavioral health

  • Behavioral Health Services Research Interest Group - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    The Group sponsors issue forums that are intended to build research/practice coalitions to both investigate behavioral health problems and creatively disseminate knowledge regarding effective solutions to these problems.

  • Disparities in Mental Health Services Research - (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)  Details

    This program plans, stimulates, disseminates, and supports research on the complex factors that influence disparities in mental health services, particularly across special population groups such as racial and ethnic groups, as well as women and children, and persons living in rural and frontier areas.

  • - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. Included is information for policymakers, communities, leaders, and professionals.

  • Mood Network - (Massachusetts General Hospital)  Details

    This program was developed to increase patient engagement in health care decisions, engaging individuals dealing with mental illness.

  • National Institute of Mental Health Details

    An NIH agency focused on mental health disorders, seeking to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

  • National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health - (Georgetown University)  Details

    The Center is dedicated to increasing the capacity of Communities, States, Tribes, and Territories, to improve, sustain, and expand Systems of Care and the services and supports provided within them to improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families.

  • Office of Behavioral Health Equity - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    The Office of Behavioral Health Equity works to reduce mental health and substance use disparities and improve access to quality care.

  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) - (Brandeis University, The Heller School USA)  Details

    The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) at Brandeis University provides a comprehensive array of services, support, resources, and strategies to PDMPs, federal partners and other stakeholders to further the efforts and effectiveness of PDMPs in combating the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

  • Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  Details

    This initiative develops and supports state and federal policies to r educe the inappropriate use of prescription drugs and expand access to effective treatment for substance-use disorders.

  • The Campaign to Change Direction Details

    The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.

Web Portals

  • Behavioral Health & Wellness - (Administration for Children and Families (ACF), HHS)  Details

    Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway for evidence-based behavioral health, collaboration, integrating safety and permanence, and links to outside organizations supporting child mental and behavioral healht.

  • Opioid Overdose - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Site from the CDC provides information on the opioid epidemic, data, prescribing guidelines, online training, prescription drug monitoring programs, state-level information, and publications. Site is geared towards the public, state-level programs, and health care providers.