Health and Human Services News Briefs
Yolo County Awarded SAMHSA Grant
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded a total of $121 million over the next five years for mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery, including expanding and enhancing behavioral health care services for adults. One of the grantees is Yolo County, which was awarded a $799,776 grant for 2016 from SAMHSA’s Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI). The goal of the CABHI program is to enhance and expand infrastructure and mental health and substance use treatment services. CABHI provides grantees up to $1.8 million per year for up to three years.
Surgeon General Issues First Report with Focus on E-Cigarettes
The U.S. Surgeon General released a report last week on the emerging public health threat e-cigarettes present the United States. The report confirms that there is no safe level of nicotine for kids and notes that e-cigarettes often serve as a delivery system for nicotine. Additionally, the report confirms that the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless and can contain chemicals and particulates that are dangerous to both the person vaping and anyone who may inhale the aerosol second-hand. The website where the report is available also contains tools for parents and a new PSA from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy. While this is the Surgeon General’s 33rd report to address the impact of tobacco on health, it is the first report to focus on e-cigarettes.