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.


Region 8 Training/TA Summary Report

Training/Technical Assistance Needs: 
Findings from Providers of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in HHS Region 8 

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

In an effort to better understand the needs of providers in the region, Mountain Plains ATTC conducted a survey of SUD services in Region 8, which includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, to determine training/technical assistance needs.

The survey was distributed using email list serves available through the Single State Authority (SSA) offices and through provider contact lists within the Mountain Plains ATTC database. This report provides findings from all providers in Region 8 who responded to the survey.

Click MPATTC Training/TA Report to download a copy. 

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

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