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Cross Cutting : Substance Use and Mental Health
The role of substance use and mental health in adverse health outcomes is a recognized problem. The Substance Use and Mental Health Subcommittee was developed to concentrate CSTE’s efforts to comprehensively address state and local public health needs and interest in the epidemiology and surveillance of alcohol, opioids, other drugs, and mental health issues. Current activities focus on assessing and building epidemiologic capacity in drug overdose fatalities, the development and enhancement of relevant indicators for surveillance, and assessing substance use and mental health epidemiologic capacity in states. CSTE has several related subcommittees focused on different activities within following subcommittees:

In 2015, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Substance Use and Mental Health Capacity Subcommittee established a workgroup to develop a set of substance abuse and mental health surveillance indicators for use by state and local public health departments. Regular collection of these indicators will provide an opportunity to routinely analyze and disseminate results.

The CSTE Workgroup recommends the use of 18 Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SA/MH) indicators across the domains of Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Mental Health for state, territorial, local and tribal surveillance.

Access the full Recommended CSTE Surveillance Indicators for Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
CSTE currently partners with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the capacity building for state and local level surveillance of substance abuse and mental health through various projects.
For more information about the Substance Use and Mental Health Subcommittees and their activities, please contact Megan Toe or Valerie Goodson. Click here to view other Cross Cutting Steering Committee activities.
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