As reported by jointogether.org (click here to read full article)
On Friday, May 14 fueled in part by national healthcare reform, a quiet revolution has taken place in how the federal government conceives of prevention and funds preventive services. This could mean more money for programs that take a public-health approach to addiction and mental health problems. It can also mean less money for standalone programs that focus solely on alcohol and other drugs. The healthcare reform bill that was passed by Congress includes a plan to spend $15 billion on disease prevention. Many advocacy groups want that money to be spent on disease-specific interventions targeting problems like smoking and diabetes, while others have called for using the money on broader community health initiatives.