The Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC) is a collaboration between Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. Serving the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, Mid-America ATTC promotes and accelerates the adoption and implementation of evidence-based treatment and recovery practices; strives to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the behavioral health workforce; and fosters alliances among the culturally diverse workforce and other stakeholders, including the recovery community.
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Are you looking for accurate, science-based information about substance use, substance use disorders (SUDs), and SUD treatment? Understanding Substance Use Disorders is a 2-hour, self-paced online course designed for undergraduate and graduate students, behavioral health and health providers, and social services professionals who do not have a background in addictions or want a refresher. This course covers:
The course is free for a certificate of completion or $10 for 2 hours of continuing education (CHES, CNE, NAADAC, NASW, NBCC).
Want to know more about Kansas substance use disorder (SUD) practice and clinical care? Are you a new supervisor or director looking for a foundational course to orient yourself and your staff to terms, topics, and resources used in the SUD field? A self-paced 5-hour, online course was designed for Kansas behavioral health/addiction managers, clinicians, recovery specialists, and organizations who want to know more about topics essential to Kansas substance use disorder (SUD) practice and clinical care.
Problem gambling–or gambling addiction–includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The essential features are increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences. In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide. For more information on the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for gambling addiction, please see the DSM 5 at www.psych.org.
Mid-America ATTC has developed a free fact sheet – Problem Gambling Awareness Month Fact Sheet – that can be used in a variety of ways to promote awareness about problem gambling.
BHMEDS, formerly known as Psychotherapeutic Medications: What Every Counselor Should Know, is now available as a FREE App for Android and iPhone/iPad mobile devices.
The BHMEDS App provides information on medications used in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders including: generic and brand names, purpose, usual dose and frequency, possible side effects, potential for abuse and dependence, cautions, and emergency conditions.
The SBIRT Provider Card was developed for SBIRT trainings provided in the Mid-America ATTC region as a tool to enhance and support SBIRT implementation.
The movement toward a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) has been propelled forward by a number of sources: SAMHSA has ROSC at the core of one of its Eight Strategic Initiatives, research is finding improved outcomes when the acute care model using episodic treatment is replaced with a long-term model that treats addiction as a chronic disorder, and recovery advocates are calling for a continuum of care that stretches both before and after treatment. This 4.5-minute video can be viewed and downloaded for free.
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