Mini-Grants have been established to provide a limited amount of, one time only, funds for small projects that provide creative and innovative opportunities for recreational and learning experiences that improve and build upon positive mental health and/or provide alternatives to substance abuse.
Alcohol is a major part of the culture of the United States. In 2014, alcohol sales—which include beer, wine, liquor, and other alcoholic beverages—totaled nearly $225 billion. The following year, more than 15 million Americans over the age of 18 reported having Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), known more commonly as alcoholism. That number reaches even higher among people who haven’t reported the disease or have yet to see a doctor for a diagnosis.
10-15% Of People Don't Start to Drink Heavily Until They are Older in Age
Even When Seniors Live Inside Nursing Homes & Assisted Living, the NCADD says that nearly 50% Have "Alcohol-Related Problems."
As policymakers evaluate recently proposed legislation to modify the Affordable Care Act, one issue may stand out for its bipartisan support. The need to address mental health and substance use disorders in any “repeal and replace” proposal is of paramount concern to many leaders on both sides of the political aisle. The reasons for that bipartisan support are painfully clear.
Every single day, over 266 Americans will die from either a drug overdose or suicide. Substance use disorders and mental illness affect 1 out of every 3 adults in this country. Untreated mental health and substance use problems can be devastating and costly – for individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. The health of our Nation depends on improving Americans’ mental health and reducing addictions.
Unlike many challenges that face our Nation, there is strong bipartisan commitment to continue strengthening mental health and substance use prevention, treatment services and medications, rehabilitation, and recovery support services. Over the past decade, Congress has enacted and Presidents have signed a series of important reforms, including the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and the 21st Century Cures Act. Together, these laws established a very important new framework that, for the first time in our Nation’s history, addresses mental health and substance use disorders on a par equal to physical illnesses.
Today, more Americans than ever before have access to the full continuum of life-saving care options for mental health and substance use problems. The challenge now is how to build on this progress.
Amidst all the uncertainty and rancor swirling around the healthcare debate, our Nation cannot afford to backtrack on its efforts to help many more of the 1 in 3 among us living with substance use disorders and/or mental illness. From the campaign trail, Donald Trump spoke passionately about the need to do more, saying “[i]t is tragedy enough that so many Americans are struggling with life-threatening addiction. We should not compound that tragedy with government policies and bureaucratic rules that make it even harder for them to get help.”
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Meeting Sunday October 9th at 4pm at the Swedenborgen Church (on the corner of S. Main St and Reynolds in Urbana). Open to the public!! More information below.
LOCAL OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS 24/7/365. ONE FREE CALL TO 2-1-1 CONNECTS YOU WITH ALL HUMAN SERVICES IN LOGAN COUNTY!
2-1-1 is a simple, easy-to-remember number to call when you need non-emergency help or access to human services. It is a free 24-hour service so you get the help you need when you need it. When you dial 2-1-1, your call will be answered by the local information & referral agency, HelpLine.
For more information on Logan County 2-1-1, visit LoganCounty211.org.
Fewer women than men drink alcohol but they appear to be more vulnerable to the harmful consequences of alcohol use. When drinking the same amounts of alcohol, women achieve higher levels of alcohol in the blood and become more impaired than men. Among heavy drinkers, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, female alcoholics have death rates 50 to 100 percent higher than those of male alcoholics, including deaths from suicides, alcohol-related accidents, heart disease, and stroke and liver cirrhosis.