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Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and other states, the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, continue to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from these tragedies.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.

Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

The Helpline also can be accessed online at



Ongoing Announcements


SAMHSA News Fall 2012 Volume 20, Number 3

Preventing Suicide Across the Nation

This volume focuses on preventing suicide with articles including suicide prevention as a national priority, about teens, peer support, and how to work together to prevent suicide.

Note that SAMHSA News goes paperless in January 2012 -- subscribe now to recieve it and SAMHSA Headlines.


New Resource for Alcohol Use Disorders Treatment Providers

SAMHSA announces “The Role of Biomarkers in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders, 2012 Revision,” Advisory, Volume 11, Issue 2. This Advisory is a revision to the 2006 Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory on the topic.

Biomarkers are physiological signs of alcohol exposure or ingestion and may indicate a person has an alcohol use disorder. The Advisory reviews recent scientific information about biomarkers and discusses their use and interpretation in a variety of circumstances, such as clinical or criminal justice settings and impaired healthcare provider programs. In addition, the Advisory presents information about the use of biomarkers in monitoring abstinence, their limitations, and the positive and negative aspects of each biomarker.

The Advisory is a bulletin that provides behavioral health providers and others with information on emerging issues and hot topics that have immediate consequences for those in the behavioral health field.

Download or order your free copy today!

“The Role of Biomarkers in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders, 2012 Revision,” Advisory, Volume 11, Issue 2 (SMA) 12-4686

Online Learning

Foundations of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Now Available from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network

The 1.5 hour self‐paced, online course is designed to introduce key terms, topics, and resources essential to SBIRT. SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are risk of developing these disorders. The course provides an introduction to SBIRT, including the rationale for and efficacy of implementation in various settings. The 4‐part course can help to inform interested professionals about the importance of incorporating SBIRT activities into substance use disorder prevention and treatment systems.

The four learning modules include:

Module 1: What is SBIRT?
Module 2: Rationale for Adopting and Implementing SBIRT
Module 3: Barriers and Support for Implementation
Module 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

Enroll at

New Suicide Prevention Training Video for Substance Abuse Treatment Providers (From SAMHSA)

Suicide is the leading cause of death among people who abuse alcohol and drugs, making suicide risk a problem that every frontline substance abuse counselor must be able to address. In collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed a training video as a companion piece for SAMHSA’s TIP 50: Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment. To view the DVD click on the following link:

A moderator and three panel members discuss ways to manage and address suicidal thoughts and behaviors among individuals with substance abuse issues. Actors portray case scenarios that the panelists discuss. Although the video is designed for VA settings, the content is applicable to all settings.

This 75-minute video depicts and explains appropriate counseling methods, administrative support, and clinical supervision for substance abuse providers treating clients with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Special attention is given to risk factors, warning signs, and follow-up care. The counseling sessions portrayed in the video employ the specific counseling techniques and the four-step process recommended by TIP 50. SAMHSA recommends that the video be used in conjunction with TIP 50. You can request a copy of the TIP through

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) website,, supported by SAMHSA, features resources, news, and research articles related to preventing suicide and treating persons with suicidal behaviors. A September 2010 Webinar on TIP 50 can be accessed at:


Marijuana Update

NIDA has provided this update on Marijuana. Questions by participants at a preconference workshop at the recent SSDP Conference can be answered via this link. There is also a downloadable PDF version at the following location: NIDA Topics in Brief: Marijuana





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