From:                              Magellan Healthcare, Inc. <>

Sent:                               Thursday, October 13, 2016 3:31 PM

To:                                   Young, Sarah

Subject:                          Community update: Building Bridges, Substance Abuse Prevention Month


Magellan Health

Building Bridges Initiative
“Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community and residentially based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.” Building Bridges Initiative 

Wyoming held its first meeting to discuss a Wyoming Joint Resolution on October 5, 2016. This was the first step towards recognizing the Building Bridges Initiative and the importance of creating a comprehensive service array for children, youth and families. Following the creation of the resolution, conference participants had the opportunity to sign on as interested parties.

There will be more conversations regarding the resolution and how to move it forward in Wyoming. It’s not too late to be a part of this exciting movement!  If you are interested in being involved please contact Sharon Weber

View Wyoming’s Building Bridges Resolution.


October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Magellan Health marked October as Substance Abuse Prevention Month, with its chief medical officer, Dr. Karen Amstutz, releasing the following statement:

“Substance abuse does not discriminate. It pays no mind to gender, race, age or income level. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs costs the United States more than $700 billion annually related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare. Substance abuse, and in particular, our nation’s opioid epidemic, is gripping families and communities all across the country. Chances are, you know someone who is coping with substance abuse, though they might be doing so in silence.

“Magellan Health has worked in the field of behavioral health management for over 40 years, and we believe strongly that the treatment of substance abuse, including opioid misuse and addiction, is possible. Magellan Health advocates for medication assisted treatment (MAT), a well-researched and highly effective approach combining medication to treat the physical effects of opiate dependence, with counseling and recovery support services. Magellan Health is poised to support treatment professionals, legislators, third-party payers and patient advocates in the implementation of prevention efforts, best clinical practices, and elimination of potential barriers to treatment and recovery. Working together, it is important to shine a light on this dark epidemic and provide hope to people seeking to live a healthier, more vibrant life.

“If you or someone you know is dealing with substance, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Help Line at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). For Magellan’s resources related to substance abuse, please visit"



Youth – Family – Provider Empowerment conference
A big thank you to everyone who planned, presented at and attended this year's Youth - Family - Provider Empowerment conference! This year’s event was co-hosted by Magellan Healthcare, WYSA and UPLIFT. It was a huge success with over 80 attendees from around the state participating in three days of interactive workshops and presentations.
Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos from the event. We hope to see you next year!


From around the web

  • Watch the T.A. Network’s Monthly Minute video on the System of Care for children with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders.
  • has a wide range of resources to help students, adults and communities prevent bullying. For useful tips on how to limit the hurtful effects of cyberbullying, read their blog post.
  • The Wyoming Department of Health, Prevention Management Organization and Grace for 2 Brothers partnered together to bring the Crisis Text Line to Wyoming. To take advantage of the 24/7 resource, text WYO to 741741.



Magellan in the community

Interested in having Magellan attend, sponsor or exhibit at your event? Contact us and let us know how we can support Wyoming’s youth serving agencies!


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