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Central East ATTC

The Danya Institute/Central East ATTC
8737 Colesville Road, Suite L-203
Silver Spring,
HHS Region 3
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The Central East ATTC, managed by the Danya Institute, provides training and technical assistance (TA) and quality improvement activities to the substance use disorder workforce in HHS Region 3, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Contact us to discuss how we can assist you.

Recent News

From the Central East ATTC
May. 16, 2024
The Central ATTC supports and celebrates May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month we are happy to share the following article written for the Central East ATTC by Vishesh Agarwal, M.D.  From Stigma to Support: Addressing SUD and Mental Health Needs in AAPI Populations “My daughter won’t be able to […]
Apr. 02, 2024
A Community Approach to Xylazine and Other Novel Psychoactive Substances: An ORN Regional Summit was held on March 1, 2024, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Opioid Response Network (ORN) hosted a pivotal community event aimed at tackling the rising issue of xylazine and other novel psychoactive substances. The ORN collaborated with several esteemed partners including the West […]
Mar. 20, 2024
The Dialogue is a product of The Danya Institute and is designed to inform behavioral and mental health professionals of news and upcoming events in the HHS Region 3/Central East region. This electronic newsletter is disseminated bi-monthly on the first Tuesday. We welcome any feedback and encourage you to submit topics and ideas for future issues of […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Central East ATTC
Virtual TA Session
SBIRT is a comprehensive public health approach for delivering prevention, early intervention and referral to treatment services to people using substances in a harmful or risky way. We will review the skills necessary to provide screenings, brief interventions, and extended brief interventions.  During office hours, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions, present cases, and provide potential topics related to SBIRT as the sessions move forward. DETAILS AND LOGISTICS OF OFFICE HOURS Time:    12:00pm—1:00pm EST Where: Virtual Dates:    June 25, 2024 July 30, 2024 August 27, 2024 September 17, 2024   SIGN UP FOR JUNE’S SESSION TODAY!                                                                               PRESENTER:                                                                           Billie Jo Smith, MS, LPC Billie Jo currently serves as a Program Manager for the Behavioral Health Integration team at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Health Plan.  Billie Jo has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 15 years, first as a clinician, and later a supervisor and manager in various clinical settings including residential and outpatient treatment facilities. Billie Jo trains and consults with providers in the behavioral and physical health fields across the United States. Billie Jo conducts all levels of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training up to and including coaching and supervision.  Billie Jo trains MIA-STEP (Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency), SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment), Technology-Based Clinical Supervision and other topics relevant to the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders.  Billie Jo has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2018.  Billie Jo is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This event is the third session of a series of CLAS webinars presented in collaboration with the National Hispanic and Latino Center of Excellence. It will explore the development of disparities in the US and their impacts on marginalized and racialized communities. Utilizing a social justice framework the participants will learn about building health equity, cultural humility, and community engagement. This training will center on the Enhanced CLAS Standards, Cultural Self-Assessments and other tools designed to improve services and eliminate health disparities. This session will focus on the incorporation of CLAS within professional organizations and settings.   SESSION 3  LEARNING OBJECTIVES Define and discuss the components of the National CLAS Standards, including the Principal Standard and main three themes Explore considerations for CLAS implementation Review domains to assess PRESENTER                                                                  Haner Hernandez PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI Haner is Puerto Rican, bilingual and has worked for over 36 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically intelligent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs.  He is a master trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, Gambling prevention, intervention, and treatment and recovery support. Also, Dr. Hernández has over 3 decades of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Haner is a person in long-term recovery (36+ years) from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by participating in processes that build equity.  He has served as a consultant to a number of local and state health departments with a focus on disparities, building health equity, addiction treatment, and recovery supports.  He also consults with and teaches a number of trainings through the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown University and the National Latino and Hispanic Center of Excellence funded by SAMHSA.   For immediate questions, contact [email protected]
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION  Research has shown what sexual minority and gender diverse community members have always known: families and caregivers play a critical role in wellbeing and lifelong health for LGBTQ+ young people. Family acceptance and support can be an enormous asset to a youth who is struggling; likewise, family rejection can have devastating effects in physical and emotional health, future orientation, risk behaviors, and resilience. Learn more about the evidence that strong family support in adolescence matters for a happy and healthy LGBTQ adulthood, as well as intervention strategies and tips for working with rejecting families.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES  Explore shifting demographics and emerging trends within LGBTQ+ youth populations. Identify which caregiver behaviors may be received as rejecting, affirming, and embracing, and describe how family attitudes directly impact health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Youth. Develop strategies to nurture family acceptance and support caregivers as they adapt.                                                       PRESENTER    Kate Bishop, MSSA, Education Coordinator at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton, is a seasoned professional development trainer with expertise in working with LGBTQ populations, sexual and reproductive health care, adolescent development, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. She is certified as a trainer through GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as well as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Before joining the Chase Brexton team, she developed the capacity building program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV program, providing cultural responsiveness trainings for agencies that serve sexual minority youth of color. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Hiram College and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.  

Products & Resources

Developed by the Central East ATTC
Print Media
The Central East ATTC is committed to fostering a positive and affirming environment that acknowledges LGBTQ identities and realities. Though nearly every care provider expresses the intention of creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients, good intentions alone are not enough to maintain a practice free of prejudice, repair poor office forms and protocols, minimize microaggressions, and eradicate disrespect for the lived experiences of sexual and gender minority community members. When a member of any marginalized group enters your setting, they are scanning for potential threats, hazards, and disappointments with their care as a reflexive gesture of self-protection. This factsheet provides an overview of indicators for creating safety and engagement techniques that can help build trust and reassurance for your LGBTQ clients. Download this factsheet to learn more.   To download the factsheet in English, please use the download attachment 1 on the right side of the page. This factsheet is now available in Spanish. Translation services by the National Hispanic and Latino Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Traducido por: To download the full version of the Spanish factsheet, use the Download Attachment 2 button on the right side of the page.  
Print Media
 DESCRIPTION The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally shifted the health and wellbeing of every human on planet Earth. LGBTQ community members were impacted early in the crisis, and continue to show disparities in contracting the virus, as well as higher rates of death, disability, substance use disorders, and suicide related to pandemic distress. These impacts were not evenly distributed across all LGBTQ people, however, but were concentrated among queer and transgender of color and gender diverse people in general. New research is emerging that points to both expected and surprising impacts of the disease unique to LGBTQ people. This webinar will explore LGBTQ population dynamics, needs, and ways to support vulnerable community members as the world population emerges into the post-COVID reality.   Please use the download attachment 1 button on the right side of the page to view the entire factsheet in English.     This factsheet is now available in Spanish. Translation services by the National Hispanic and Latino Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Traducido por: To download the full version of the Spanish factsheet, use the Download Attachment 2 button on the right side of the page.  
Print Media
DESCRIPTION Though trauma is linked with Substance Use Disorder for people from all walks of life, LGBTQ communities experience unique sources and dynamics of trauma, as well as distinct influences and social consequences that impact the prevalence of Substance Use Disorders within the population. These may include family rejection and estrangement, increased incidence of childhood sexual abuse, identity discernment stress and faith-related shame, survivor’s guilt for those who lost dozens of friends in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and many other special situations. This webinar will highlight some of the dimensions of trauma specific to LGBTQ individuals, substance use behaviors linked to those events, and some of the unique sites of resilience and support available within LGBTQ communities. Please use the download attachment 1 button on the right side of the page to to view the entire  English factsheet.       This factsheet is now available in Spanish. Translation services by the National Hispanic and Latino Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Traducido por:   To download the full version of the Spanish factsheet, use the Download Attachment 2 button on the right side of the page.
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