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Whose Research is Better for Helping American People That SAMSHA Is Charged to Serve?

Posted on August 18, 2018
At my first combined National Advisory Council meeting, the Assistant Secretary, Dr. McCance-Katz was quite dismissive of any evidence-based practices…

Socrates Junior Inquires About Medically Assisted Treatment

Posted on August 11, 2018
Enjoy this Morning Zen post about a mythical protagonist named “Socrates Junior,” who is on a quest to make sense…

Suspension of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: The Importance of Adhering to the Evidence

Posted on August 10, 2018
Recently the United States Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use disclosed having suspended the National Registry…

University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes Features Multi-Country Research Study on Using “Big Data” to Evaluate Systems of Care Expansion

Posted on July 20, 2018
Morning Zen Guest Blog Posty ~Mansoor…

Doing the Work: Martin Rafferty and Youth ERA Continue to Forge New Frontiers in Youth Advocacy

Posted on July 13, 2018
Morning Zen Guest Blog Post ~ Jammie Gardner Farish  After listening to Martin Rafferty speak about youth leadership, mental health,…

Dear Conservative Friend

Posted on June 23, 2018
Morning Zen Guest Blog Post ~ Liza Long ~ Dear Conservative Friend,

Worthy of Love

Posted on June 15, 2018
My name is Chelsea Romero and I myself once was a child with an incarcerated parent. My dad was arrested…

Does the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Have a Leadership Problem?

Posted on April 14, 2018
The latest issue of Friday Update has several posts related to the recent decision by Assistant Secretary for Mental…

Timber! The Assistant Secretary for Mental Health & Substance Use Decides to Do Some Clearcutting

Posted on April 06, 2018
Scott Bryant-Comstock inadvertently slips into an altered state of consciousness from immersing himself in the ever-expanding 24-hour news cycle. Once…