Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health
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In collaboration with The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), NASW supports the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s document Suicide Prevention and the Clinical Workforce: Guidelines for Training.

Developed as a part of a SAMHSA-funded grant project at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), the SBIRT App provides evidence-based questions to screen for alcohol, drugs and tobacco use. It also provides steps to complete a brief intervention and/or referral to treatment based on motivational interviewing.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) educates the public, practitioners, and policymakers about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD , the leading known preventable cause of brain damage, developmental disabilities, and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children, adolescents, and adults.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has developed step-by-step guides for people with loved ones who might have an addiction problem, or for people seeking to help themselves. They are in simple, "Q and A" format, and include easy-to-understand videos. These guides focus on the steps needed to determine if a person needs treatment; how to find it; what happens in treatment, how to find help paying for it; privacy issues, and more. The guides are on our Web site's Treatment section at

Note that these guides are customized into 4 categories:

  1. For teens seeking help
  2. For adults seeking help
  3. For parents or guardians seeking help for their teen or young adult child
  4. For people trying to help an adult loved one

Please spread the word about these useful guides, and look for a Spanish language version soon.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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