Innovation in Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Treatment

Today, the Office of National Drug Control Policy hosted a conference at the White House to highlight innovative technologies for substance abuse treatment, wellness, mental and behavioral health.  Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the conference was kicked off by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.

Mr. Park previously served as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the Nation.

Conference panelists presented on a range of innovative health technologies—from smartphone apps that help people stay sober to biosensors that can detect human emotion.  You can find the full conference agenda online here and archived video of the conference will be available here.

During the conference, ONC’s Jodi Daniel announced the winner of the Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge, the Hazelden Foundation's Mobile MORE smartphone app. We congratulate Hazelden and thank all conference participants for a lively, engaging day discussing some of the most forward-leaning innovations in behavioral health.  

Search for the hashtag #InnovateBH on Twitter to see more from today's conference. 

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