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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
Jul. 12, 2024
A Syndemic Approach to Training and Technical Assistance in the Central East By Andrew Wilson, Co-Project Director Central East ATTC With World Hepatitis Day this month, we (the SAMHSA Region 3 ATTC) would like to highlight the interconnected health challenges that our communities face that has come to be known as a syndemic and collaborative […]
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 […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Central East ATTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This webinar will focus on addressing the impact of substance use in African American communities.  It will explore the prevalence as well as the etiology of substance use in the history of this population. In addition, further critical topics in substance use and African Americans will be brought to the discussion.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES Identify solutions to Substance Use Disorder in African Americans Develop treatment options in African American communities Assess Race/Ethnicity differences among high risk individuals Identify research, clinical, and educational opportunities PRESENTER   Dr. Evaristo Akerele has significant leadership experience. He is an accomplished Clinician, Researcher, Educator and Administrator. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Newark Jersey Medical School. He is Chair/Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Garnet Medical Center. He has served as Clinical Medical Director, Department of Health responsible for all Clinical services including but not limited to the departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation Services, Co occurring services, and Pastoral Care. He served as Vice President/Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral health at Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn New York. There he developed the Hospital’s first Psychiatry Residency Program. He also served as Director of Residency Training and Education at Harlem Hospital Columbia University, The Network Director for the North Brooklyn Health Network for Substance Abuse Services, Woodhull, New York University. As Vice President and Medical Director for Phoenix House he was responsible for the medical management of over 3000 patients.
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This training is designed build on the understanding of different types of stimulants, where they come from and how they impact our communities in different ways than other drugs. This training will explore the unique challenges when treating people with stimulant use disorder. The training will discuss the physical, cognitive, and psychological effects of stimulants. The second training will also begin to explore the behavioral treatments that are effective and our evidence based to treat stimulant use disorders such as contingency management. The webinar will put a specific emphasis on the importance implementation of contingency management as well as organizational readiness. LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the end of this training, participants will be able to: Develop specific strategies to support clinicians working with clients ways to enhance traditional treatment models and clinical approaches to adapt to the most current neuroscience and research to treat stimulant  use disorders in more effective ways. Identify how different stimulants impact clients differently especially from other drugs and build the confidence and capacity of addiction treatment providers and professionals who treat people with stimulant use disorders.  Utilize effective client centered strategies to address Stimulant Use Disorders while supporting personal recovery and prevention.   INTENDED AUDIENCE  Professionals in the Behavior Health field PRESENTER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nicholas Szubiak, MSW, LCSW Nick brings more than 20 years of experience in direct service, administration, and clinical experience to the healthcare field. He is the Principal of NSI Consulting, an organization that provides support to integrated healthcare environments. Nick is the former Assistant Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has provided technical assistance, consultation and training toward bi-directional integration of behavioral health and primary care, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), SBIRT, measurement-based care, and population health management. His experience includes MAT implementation, FQHC integration models and partnerships, trauma-informed care, recovery-oriented systems of care, health homes, and developing high-functioning teams to provide integrated care to the communities they serve. His expertise also involves systems change management, leadership development, and supervisory skills. Nick is known for his heartfelt presentations and has sat on various expert panels, partnering with many organizations as a subject matter expert. Nick is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thomas School of Social Work. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.            For immediate questions, contact [email protected]               
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:    July 30, 2024 August 27, 2024 September 17, 2024   SIGN UP FOR JULY'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.

Products & Resources

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Print Media
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. To download the entire version of the factsheet, use the Fostering Family Acceptance 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.
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.  
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