SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer encourages increased Hepatitis C screening & testing for behavioral health clients

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Network faithful are encouraged to read the "Dear Colleague" letter below, from Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA, which discusses the need for hepatitis C screening and testing in those with substance use and mental disorders. This letter describes the rationale for testing in the behavioral health population, discusses the recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force endorsement of hepatitis C screening, and provides contact information for state viral hepatitis prevention coordinators who can assist with the implementation of screening and testing programs.

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