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January 11, 2019 News Headlines

New report highlights successful public health approaches to addressing SUD among women, infants and families

The Association of State and Territorial Officials has released a comprehensive report highlighting six public health approaches for addressing the rising incidence of substance use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome. The report also details the critical role of state health leaders in advancing these approaches to battling addiction.

As states address the rising challenges associated with SUD and NAS, many are beginning to implement strategies that systematically consider the needs of women, infants and their families using a public health approach. The report highlights efforts from over 30 states that have built and developed their approaches to address SUD through data and surveillance, provider education and workforce engagement, cross-sector coordination, policy and legislation and leveraging partnerships among stakeholders and agencies.

This report and additional resources can be found on the infant, maternal and elderly care page of HANYS’ Statewide Opioid Addiction Prevention and Management Collaborative website. HANYS’ collaborative supports members’ efforts to improve the delivery of care to patients experiencing opioid addiction and manage the care of patients with substance use disorders. Contact: Kathy Rauch

Innovation Spotlight— Northwell Health provides behavioral health treatment to students

Studies show psychological distress in students is tied to lower academic success. Additionally, college is an especially vulnerable time for individuals’ mental health, with students often at greater risk of depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Northwell Health launched the Behavioral Health College Partnership at Zucker Hillside Hospital in 2009 to provide rapid, comprehensive mental health treatment to area college students.

To learn more about this initiative and its results, read our full story.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Innovation Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.

"Reversing the Stigma" documentary addresses addiction and recovery

Reversing the Stigma, a documentary produced by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, is available as a resource for New York hospitals and health systems as they work to combat addiction in their communities.

In response to member requests for education and support, HANYS' Statewide Opioid Addiction Prevention and Management Collaborative is prioritizing addressing stigma in 2019.

HANYS recommends using the full documentary or utilizing the shorter topic-based sections for training, awareness and education for staff, patients and the community. Contact: Erin Gretzinger