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The Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC), located at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice, strives to bring behavioral health research to practice through workforce development projects that support people, organizations and systems through change processes. Our Center serves the HHS Region 7 states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Current Emphasis Areas:

  • Behavioral Healthcare Business Practices
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Co-Occurring Substance Use, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Conditions
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Motivational Incentives (Contingency Management) Strategies
  • Motivational Interviewing – Developmental Clinician Training
  • Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Viral Hepatitis – Introductory Training for Federally Qualified Health Center Workforce

ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW)

The CoE PPW at Mid-America ATTC (Mid-America), University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies (UMKC SoNHS), will strengthen the ability of the behavioral healthcare workforce to serve the PPW population through development of a family-centered national curricula, web-based toolkit, and dissemination to diverse stakeholders.  Read the Project Summary to learn more.

To learn more, view a webinar about the course here.  

The 2016 Leadership Institute


Mid-America ATTC is currently seeking 12 people in mid- to upper-managment or superivisony positions in behavioral health organizations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska to participate in the 2016 Leadership Institute.  To learn more about this 8-month intensive leadership development program, see the Leadership Institute Overview link below.  Additional details and requirements of the program are in the Nomination Form and Application Form links below.  Nominations and Applications are due by February 1, 2016.  This program is designed to develop young leaders for future roles and responsibilities in the behavioral health field and is recommended as a vital step in succession planning.  

Medication-Assisted Treatment:

Tools for Successful Recovery

Held August 24-25, 2015 - Omaha, Nebraska

With an array of effective FDA-approved medications now available for addressing the emerging prescription and opioid use epidemic, it is vital that specialty substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and healthcare providers learn more about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Equally important, policy makers, drug court/family court personnel, and social service professionals must learn how supporting the use of medication, combined with evidence-based behavioral therapies, can save lives and reduce healthcare costs. This symposium was designed for leaders in Nebraska who were interested in exploring the effective use of medications as a tool in treatment and recovery for persons with substance use disorders.  Participants heard from physicians, judges and researchers, as well as a panel of persons utilizing medications in their recovery about the use of MAT and its impact on patient outcomes.  121 persons attended the two-day event.  Plans are underway in Nebraska to continue moving toward expansion of the use of medications for treatment for substance use disorders.  

Click here for handouts & resources from the NE MAT Symposium 




www.Complex.Care:  Improving Treatment for Patients With Chronic Pain, Addiction and Mental Health Disorders    

Fifty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and health care administrators attended this evening dinner and lecture featuring Dr. R. Corey Waller on August 24th in Omaha, Nebraska. 

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BHMEDS, formerly known as Psychotherapeutic Medications: What Every Counselor Should Know, is now available in 3 formats:  FREE App for Android and iPhone/iPad mobile devices, printed publication available for purchase, and electronic publication available for FREE download

The BHMEDS App and publication provide 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, emergency conditions, cautions, and special considerations for pregnant women.


SBIRT Provider Card

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. Mid-America ATTC has developed a brief public service message about ROSC. This 4.5-minute video can be viewed and downloaded for free.

View & download ROSC video

Motivational Incentives: Positive Reinforcers to Enhance Successful Treatment Outcomes (MI:PRESTO) is an interactive on-line course that focuses on the process of adopting Motivational Incentives in a clinical setting. By design, this course builds upon the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network's Technology Transfer Conceptual Model. Highlighted within this model is a multidimensional process that promotes the use of an innovation, in this case Motivational Incentives.

This self-guided, on-line learning tool assists Clinical Supervisors and other behavioral healthcare practitioners to learn and experience how to utilize the 7 Principles of Motivational Incentives introduced in PAMI, to facilitate the adoption of Motivational Incentives as an effective evidence-based practice aimed at reducing drug abuse and promoting positive outcomes for patients.


Through the Diamond Threshold: Promoting Cultural Competency in Understanding American Indian Substance Misuse

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