Welcome to the new Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center. We are grateful to those of you that have been a part of the ATTC for some time now, as well as those of you who are new. The Mountain Plains ATTC serves stakeholders residing in Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). We are pleased that you are interested in participating in training and technical assistance activities and/or serving in an advisory capacity as thought leaders and community experts. Our mutual passion, enhancing SUD treatment and recovery services for individuals and family members, especially those residing in rural and remote areas, is the foundation of our work. During the next few months, you will get to know more about our different workforce development initiatives through upcoming activities and special learning events. We value and cherish our stakeholders so please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or requests. By providing innovative and accessible learning opportunities on research-based practices in SUD treatment and recovery services, we seek to help you better serve your communities, staff, and patients.


New SAMHSA Report

SAMHSA's 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Recorded Presentation - September 2017

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data presented by Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, measures:

  • Use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
  • Mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders

The data provides estimates of substance use and mental illness at the national, state, and sub-state levels. NSDUH data also help to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups, estimate trends over time, and determine the need for treatment services.

For more information, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/data/nsduh/reports-detailed-tables-2017-NSDUH

Featured Article

Spirit Lake starts Construction of Community Addiction Treatment Center

Grand Folks Herald, Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Sydney Mook

Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, President of Candeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) and Mountain Plains ATTC Advisory Board Member and Health Profession Educators Workgroup Chair, hosted North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and United Health Foundation representative, Tami Reller, on August 10, 2018, as people of Spirit Lake Nation gathered to celebrate the ground blessing of a new residential substance abuse treatment center.

University of North Dakota Professor Thomasine Heitkamp, who is also Co-Director of the Mountain Plains ATTC, was present for the ceremony and acknowledged for her efforts to expand addiction workforce in rural and tribal communities, as well as her collaboration with CCCC to assist with funding.

President Lindquist stated that construction of the new Tiospaye Okciyapi Tipi center, which translates to “home for families helping families,” has been a priority of Spirit Lake Nation for the past year. “Now that we have a completion timeline of eight months of construction, we are recruiting and securing a well-trained, reliable staff and we look to Mountain Plains ATTC for additional assistance in filling this great need.” said Lindquist. Read the Article

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions. This observance promotes the knowledge that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from mental and substance use disorders.
The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support SAMHSA’s message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. 

Looking for events in your state?
Here are a few happening in the Mountain Plains ATTC Region. 

Walk for Recovery – 2018 National Hub event for Rally for Recovery
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00am MT
Denver, Colorado

Salt Lake City Recovery Day
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am MT
Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah County Recovery Day
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 3:00pm MT
Provo, Utah

Recovery Art Show 2018
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 5:00pm 
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

6th Annual Rally for Recovery 
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:00pm CT
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Join the Voices!
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:30pm CT
Williston, North Dakota

Michael Kaspari Memorial Run for Recovery
THursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:00pm CT

Lindenwood Park, Fargo, North Dakota

Peak Wellness Center - multiple events
Goshen County Clinic Open House - September 5th, 2018 - 5:00pm CT
Goshen County Clinic Open House #2 - September 14, 2018 - 10:00am CT
Stigma & Recovery with Rick Patterson - September 19, 2018 - 6:00pm CT

1st Annual Recovery Walk/BBQ
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 3:00pm CT
Torrington, Wyoming

Building Recovery Capital through Digital Health Technologies (Webinar Series)
Every Wednesday in September, 5:30-7:00pm CT 

Still looking for an event in your state? Find recovery month events by visiting RecoveryMonth.gov

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The Mountain Plains ATTC is a partnership between the University of North Dakota & CASAT