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Mid-America ATTC at Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health in Kansas City, MO and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies

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.

Current Areas of Emphasis:

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Implementation of evidence-based practices in the behavioral health field
  • Strategies for integration of substance use disorder and mental health treatment
  • Strategies for integration of behavioral health treatment and primary care
  • Medications for addiction treatment (MAT)
  • Recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC)
  • Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families

New Online Course! Understanding Substance Use Disorders

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:

  • Why people start taking substances and the effects of substances
  • The continuum of substance use from not using (abstinence) to a substance use disorder
  • How substances effect the brain, causing a chronic, relapsing brain disease
  • Best practices for treating substance use disorders and maintaining recovery

The course is free for a certificate of completion or $10 for 2 hours of continuing education (CHES, CNE, NAADAC, NASW, NBCC).

Register today!

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.

A Professional’s Guide to Practicing Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery in Kansas

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  Coming June 2018 - New Learning Collaborative on Family-Centered Care for Pregnant and Parenting Women

Mid-America ATTC is excited to launch its Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative! This year-long opportunity will help participants understand the family-centered care model for pregnant/parenting women (PPW) with substance use disorders (SUD), assess their program’s use of family-centered care principles, and identify and implement strategies to improve their program’s family-centered culture and services. This first cohort is intended for upper-level executives/administrative staff, including women's program directors and other staff with decision-making authority, with subsequent cohorts tailored for direct clinical staff. Enrollment will be limited to a total of 16 agencies with equal representation from all 4 states in Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska). The Learning Collaborative will be completely virtual, requiring no travel for either participants or facilitators/coaches. Applications to participate are due May 1, 2018 (only one application required per agency).

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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

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. 



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

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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.


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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.


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