Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Health Services Officer Professional Advisory Committee

Other Resources

Below are various other resources officers and their families may wish to utilize.

Resources For Families
Resource Summary Population
Military Families for Justice Serves the Rights of America's Bereaved Military Families Vets and families
Military Families United   National coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star Families, and veterans Mission: is to honor the fallen, support those who fight, and serve their families. Vets and families
National Military Family Association   Multiple resources: Professional services, retreats, camps and education for adults, kids and families. Vets and families
Tips for Teens (drug topics - Cocaine) Facts about cocaine. Short- and long-term effects and lists signs of cocaine use. Dispels common myths about cocaine. Teens
Tips for Teens (drug topics - Heroin) Facts about heroin. Short- and long-term effects and lists signs of heroin use. Dispels common myths about heroin. Teens
Tips for Teens (drug topics - Inhalents) Facts about inhalants. Long- and short-term effects and lists the signs of inhalant use. Dispels common myths about inhalants. Teens
Tips for Teens (drug topics - Methamphetamine) Facts about methamphetamine. Short- and long-term effects and lists signs of methamphetamine use. Dispels common myths about methamphetamine. Teens
Tips for Teens (drug topics - Underage Drinking) Compares the myths with the facts about how common alcohol use is among youth. Can also help you start a conversation about underage drinking and alcohol misuse. Teens
Keeping Youth Drug Free Advice on keeping children substance free. Review statistics about adolescent substance use, and learn tips on good communication. Parents and other caregivers
"Talk. They Hear You." underage drinking prevention SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.  Parents and other caregivers of youth, 9-15 years old.
Talking with College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol- Sound of Your Voice - Parent Guide Tips for talking about underage alcohol use with college-bound young adults Parents and other caregivers of young adults headed to college
Focus on Prevention Manual to help communities plan and deliver substance abuse prevention strategies Community organizations
NIDA for Teens Common misused substances, their colloquial names, commonly asked questions, and information on their impact. Teens, Parents, and Teachers
DEA - Get the Facts About Drugs A list of common misused substances, a searchable database of their colloquial names, and information on the origin, legal status, and impact of each substance. Teens
Special Care Organizational Record (SCOR) for Children With Special Health Care Needs (EFMP) This free downloadable resource is an organizing tool for parents with children who would fit into DoD's category of EFMP. Uniform Service Personnel, Veterans, & Dependents
Military Onesource - Products Assists active duty and reserve military personnel to connect to their best MilLife. The site contains downloadable fact sheets with helpful tips and resources.  All resources may not apply to USPHS  Uniform Service Personnel, Veterans, & Dependents
Office of Special Needs Education Directory for Children With Special Needs The materials, tips, and tools can be helpful to distribute to Officers, despite it being reserved for DoD families. Uniform Service Personnel, Veterans, & Dependents
PAG & PAC Resources
Resource Summary Population
SWPAG Presentations and Trainings Topics include: school shootings, cultural competence in disaster mental health, and tips for talking with and helping children and youth cope after a disaster or traumatic event, psychological first aid for schools, etc.  
Opioid Related Resources
Resource Summary Population
Confronting the opioid crisis in the United States Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States. The Trump Administration is addressing both drug supply and drug demand to reduce opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose. Policymakers and Researchers
SAMHSA public website on Opioids Get the facts on the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine, and the illegal opioid, heroin. Public
Pain Medicine (Oxy, Vike) Facts    
Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use by the National Academies of Science Recognizing the magnitude of the problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to characterize the epidemic and to recommend actions that the FDA and other public and private organizations should take to address it, balancing society’s interest in reducing opioid-related harms with the needs of individuals suffering from pain.  
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Fast Stats A database that displays national and state health statistics The online resource includes overall trends in opioid-related hospital stays and emergency department visits as well as breakdowns by age, sex, community-level income and urban versus rural residency. More than 40 states contribute to the Fast Stats website.  
Women Have Higher Rates of Opioid-related Hospitalizations in Most States Infographic showing opioid-related hospitalizations for men and women by State.  
Patient Characteristics of Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Provides the most current national rates on opioid-related hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits, also includes data that illustrate wide variation by state.  
Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Website A new interactive map from AHRQ allows users to explore state-specific information about opioid-related hospital stays. The map, which includes information on 44 states and the District of Columbia, highlights data from AHRQ’s Fast Stats, an online tool that offers national and state-specific data on hospital stays and emergency department visits, including data by age, gender, community-level income and urban versus rural residency.  
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, Alcohol and other drug use, Tobacco use, Unhealthy dietary behaviors, and Inadequate physical activity  
Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER)  Data WONDER is an easy-to-use internet system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large.  
National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) - Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts Provisional counts for drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System. National provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) The BRFSS is the nation's premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.  
Opioid Overdose Website Includes data, resources, and information related to improving opioid prescribing, preventing and treating opioid use disorders, and reversing overdoses. Also includes details about prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).  
Prescription Drug Overdoses Website Provides links to information on opioid prescribing, the heroin epidemic, and overdoses.  Pages include overviews of the topic, factsheets/infographics, videos, and information on what can be done.  
Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool The opioid prescribing rate interactive mapping tool shows geographic comparisons, at the state, county, and ZIP code levels, of de-identified Medicare Part D opioid prescription claims – prescriptions written and then submitted to be filled – within the United States.  
National Prescription Drug Takeback Day Website The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.  
Drug Disposal Information Website Includes rules and regulations, drug disposal fact sheets, and drug disposal rulemaking information from the Department of Justice's, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)  
Opioid Medications This website includes a description of opioid medications, and links to FDA's action plan to address the prescription opioid crisis, information on opioid medications, consumer information, FDA-approved products for treating opioid addiction and overdose, treating pain, abuse-deterrent opioids, FDA's role in preventing opioid abuse, and reporting adverse events with opioids.  
Safe Disposal of Medicines Website The resources listed on this webpage provide important information about safe disposal of medicines.  
Opioids: The Prescription Drug & Heroin Overdose Epidemic Website Includes information about the epidemic, drug & pain medication facts, prevention, treatment & recovery, overdose response, health professional resources, and law enforcement resources.  Also shares the 5-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.  
Rural Prevention and Treatment Substance Abuse Toolkit This HRSA-developed toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, program best practices, and resources that can be used to implement both substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.  
Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities This toolkit contains practical steps your organization can take to bring hope and healing to those and the millions more suffering the consequences of opioid abuse disorder.  
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Detailing the Factors Behind Traffic Fatalities on our Roads - FARS is a nationwide census providing NHTSA, Congress and the American public yearly data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes.  
Do I Need this Pill? Understanding Pain and Prescription Drugs This webinar with Dr. David Thomas of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explored how pain works, how opioids work for pain, as well as the science of the brain and why drugs are so addictive—especially for adolescents and other vulnerable populations.  
Trends and Statistics There are a variety of sources of information NIH's National institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) uses to monitor the prevalence and trends regarding drug abuse in the United States.  
Opiate Addiction and Treatment Website Includes links to resources related to: understanding addiction; opioid overdose; opioid drugs; medications to treat opioid addiction; opioid prescribing; pregnancy, opioid use, and neonatal abstinence syndrome; recovery; data, trends, and statistics; and topic-related searches of National Library of Medicine Resources.  
Public-Private Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis NIH is moving forward with establishing a public-private partnership to address three major areas for advancement: (1) new and innovative medications and biologics to treat opioid addiction and for overdose prevention and reversal; (2) safe, effective, and non-addictive strategies to manage chronic pain; and (3) neurobiology of chronic pain.  
Opioid Overdose Reversal with Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) Website Provides a definition and overview of opioid overdose reversal with naloxone.  Includes a few videos and links to related resources.  
Overdose Death Rates Website Provides graphics on drug-related deaths between 2000 and 2016.  
Opioids - Drugs of Abuse Website This website includes a description of opioids, links to information about the opioid crisis, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded research and related reports, prevalence rates and links to related publications  
Substance Use Resources - Illicit and Non-Illicit Drug Use Includes links to relevant resources related to illicit and non-illicit drug use.  
Talking With Teens About Illegal Drugs Information on how parents make a difference in illegal drug use and how parents can talk with their teens. Includes links to related topics and other tools and resources.  
Information Related to Mental and Behavioral Health, including Opioid Overdose (for Professionals) This page is intended to be a one-stop resource for guidance and other materials on how HIPAA applies to mental health and substance use disorder information.  
Information Related to Mental and Behavioral Health, including Opioid Overdose (for Consumers) OCR provides specific guidance addressing HIPAA protections, the obligations of covered health care providers, and the circumstances in which covered providers can share information related to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Includes a resource on how HIPPA allows doctors to respond to the opioid crisis.  
National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Events (ADE) Prevention Addresses a defined group of ADEs that are considered to be common, clinically significant, preventable, and measurable; resulting from high-priority drug classes; and occurring largely in high-risk populations. Three key drug classes identified as initial targets include: Anticoagulants, Diabetes agents, & Opioids. The ADE Action Plan identifies a four-pronged approach to reduce patient harm and provides federal agencies and external stakeholders with a framework to identify strategies and select specific actions to take.  
Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. It’s based on the opioid-related recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan).  
Opioids in Medicare Part D: Concerns about Extreme Use and Questionable Prescribing This data brief is part of a larger strategy by the OIG to fight the opioid crisis and address one of its top priority outcomes-to protect beneficiaries from prescription drug abuse. It provides baseline data on the extent to which beneficiaries receive extreme amounts of opioids and appear to be "doctor shopping." It also identifies prescribers who have questionable opioid prescribing patterns.  
President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Website The Commission will be chaired by Governor Chris Christie and will study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis, which was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain and suffering.  
Final Report: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women Examine prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse opioids, have opioid use disorders (OUDs), and/or overdose on opioids. This Report highlights the key background and findings from the white paper, provides a summary of the September 2016 national meeting, and concludes with a section focused on findings and takeaways from both the national and regional meetings.  
In Brief: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A Guide for Healthcare Providers This guide explains prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and how they can enhance clinical decision making. The guide also explains how PDMP improves patient safety, while helping to decrease prescription drug misuse and unintentional overdose deaths.  
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse and mental disorders in the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population, age 12 and older. The survey generates estimates at the National, state, and substate levels.  
Rx Pain Medications Know the Options, Get the Facts - Managing Your Pain: Which Approach is Right for You? A series of 13 fact sheets designed to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as to educate patients who are prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and to provide resources on methods for alternative pain management.  
Preventing Opioid Misuse and Overdose: Data Sources and Tools to Inform Assessment and Planning Efforts Presents a list of 16 key data sources for prescription opioids and heroin to inform assessment and planning efforts.  
Why Do Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs? This report presents 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates of past-year misuse of prescription drugs among adults ages 18 or older and the primary reason for misusing these drugs among adults who misused them.  
Behavioral Health Among College Students Information and Resource Kit This kit discusses the consequences of substance misuse among college students including the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It explores various causational factors such as peer pressure, stress, social norms, and advertising messages  
Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.  
Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT): Prevention Conversations Prevention Conversations is a series of short videos produced by SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Hear SAMHSA prevention grantees and specialists share information and stories related to the prevention of opioid misuse, overdose, and other substance-related problems.  
Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT): Grantee Stories, Tools and Resources Website Online, searchable list of grantee stories, tools, videos, archived webinars, and other resources to support prevention efforts.  
Addressing Opioid Misuse and Overdose Website Learn the warning signs of opioid overdose and how naloxone and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs can help treat and prevent it.  
Facing Addiction - The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences.  
Opioid Safety Initiative Website The Veterans Administration is committed to finding better ways to manage pain in Veterans while limiting risks of long-term opioid therapy.  This website includes links to information on Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain (2017) - VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines; and Opioid Safety Overview, the Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) & Toolkit; and other Opioid related resources.  
Alcohol Related Resources
Resource Summary
Young Teen's Place for Info on Alcohol  
Talk. They Hear You. underage drinking prevention campaign (PSAs)  
Talk. They Hear You. underage drinking prevention campaign (Parent Resources)  
Talk. They Hear You. underage drinking prevention campaign (Mobile Application)  
Talk. They Hear You. underage drinking prevention campaign (Materials for Schools to Reach Parents)
Mental Health Related Resources
Resource Summary Population
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) Connections is an online directory where individuals who have attempted suicide or have experienced suicidal thinking can connect with other suicide attempt survivors in recovery.  
The Grief and Recovery Method Guidebook Free downloadable ebook with email address; 61 tips on the experience of grief and how to help people through it; provides 1 on 1 help, support group linkages, and weekend workshops.  
Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness & Understanding Guidebook that includes grief resources, types of grief, stages of grief, symptoms of grief, topics in grief, etc.  
Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters (SAMHSA) Links to resources, coping strategies, disaster preparation, self-care, and identifying support systems. Downloadable material and links provided.  
SAMHSA Disaster Kit Downloadable Material Downloadable brochures, wallet cards, and flyers, in English and Spanish for youth, caregivers, parents, clinicians, etc.  
#BeThe1To Downloadable Fact Sheets: Know the Warning Signs, Make a Safety Plan, Know the Risk Factors, Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters, How Parents Can Help Prevent Suicide, Preventing Suicide Through a Comprehensive Public Health Approach, etc.  
MY3 - App Identify support systems, build a safety plan, access important resources, and get support 24/7 through their mobile app.  
Virtual Hope Box - App This app contains simple tools to assist with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking through the mobile app. Was awarded the 2014 DoD Innovation Award for its unique application in supporting behavioral health in service members and military families.  
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Resources, training, professional services, survivor directory, and conferences related to suicide All
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)  Local chapters, support and education related to suicide prevention All
Mission 22   Vet, families and community programs related to veteran suicide Vets and families
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. All
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)   Suicide prevention and education resources All
Bullying prevention Provides info from various federal agencies on bullying. All
SAMHSA's Wellness Initiative Raises awareness of health disparities among people with serious mental and/or substance use disorders and the general population. All
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Provides educational resources on children's mental health. All
Additional Resources
Resource Summary Population
Hope for the Warriors   Events, scholarships, wellness, recreation, and community services for veterans and their family members Vets and families
Travis Manion Foundation   Community connections and projects to empower Veterans Vets and families
USO   Provides programs and support for service members and their families. Vets and families
Mesothelioma Fund   Financial and VA claim assistance for those diagnosed with Mesothelioma All
Mesothelioma Prognosis Network   Mesothelioma education, resources and treatment options All
Document Resources
Children and Youth—SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series installment
Bereavement and Grief: Information for Military Families and Communities

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