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October 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Face-to-face meetings curb senior depression
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, frequent, in-person meetings with seniors can have a profound effect on depression. The study, which looked at more than 11,000 people age 50 and older, found that individuals “who met with family and friends once every few months or less were nearly twice as likely to be depressed two years later than those who met up very often, i.e., three or more times per week.”

New data on MA opioid deaths
Deaths from opioid overdoses continue to occur at a high rate in Massachusetts, according to MA Department of Public Health estimates. The DPH estimates that there were 684 opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts through the first six months of this year. The agency has also released a town-by-town breakdown of opioid deaths in the state.

Grants for community behavioral health clinics
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, along with CMS and the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, announced $22.9 million in grants for community-based mental and substance use disorder treatment. These are “planning grants,” designed to help states “certify community behavioral health clinics, solicit input from stakeholders, establish prospective payment systems for demonstration reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in the demonstration program.”

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