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Mid-America ATTC

UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
2464 Charlotte, HSB
Kansas City,
MO
64108
HHS Region 7
IA, KS, MO, NE
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The Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC) is a partnership between University Health Behavioral Health (UH-BH) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies (UMKC SoNHS). Mid-America ATTC serves the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska (Region 7).

Mid-America ATTC Vision: All people accessing services for a substance use disorder in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska will receive treatment and recovery support rooted in evidence-based and promising practices.

Mid-America ATTC Mission: To accomplish this, Mid-America ATTC supports multidisciplinary practitioners, agencies, and communities in implementing evidence-based practices. We do this by:

  • building coalitions and improving coordination of services
  • leading in-person and virtual learning communities
  • disseminating information and resources
  • ensuring that research is accessible and useful to practitioners, and
  • supporting organizations in their adoption of innovative practices.

Recent News

From the Mid-America ATTC
Apr. 25, 2024
Treatment for alcohol use varies based on a person’s needs. But there are many choices today that make recovery possible. Visit samhsa.gov/find-help if you or someone you know is looking for help for alcohol use or misuse.
Feb. 22, 2024
This  Black History Month, let's pause to recognize the remarkable achievements, unwavering strength, and outstanding triumphs of the Black community. It's also a time for us to recommit to cultivating an environment of inclusiveness, fairness, and opportunities for all. By recognizing and elevating diverse voices, we enrich our workplace and the vitality of our organizations, […]
Dec. 12, 2023
We recognize that the holidays are a difficult time for many. Mid-America developed a holiday toolkit: How to Thrive During the Holiday Season. It includes tips for people in recovery and for those who support people in recovery, harm reduction techniques for those who want to cut back during the holidays, self-care ideas, LGBTQ+  and […]

Upcoming Events

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Webinar/Virtual Training
Substance Use Disorder affects the LGBTQ community at a higher rate than the general population. Unique challenges like stigma, shame, and lack of support can impede access to treatment. As a service provider, it's important to create a welcoming and accepting environment, reduce stigma, and tailor treatments to the needs of LGBTQ individuals. Abstinence based recovery may be the key for some, where harm-reduction strategies may be more appropriate for others. By providing culturally competent treatment, we increase our clients’ chances of achieving lasting recovery. Objectives: Educate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals with SUD Describe effective methods for treating and connecting with LGBTQ+ clients Learn to provide effective and culturally competent treatment to the LGBTQ+ population Presenter Information: Darla Belflower LCSW, CPS has worked in leadership in the substance use disorder and behavioral health fields for over three decades. She is currently the Clinical Director at Healing House. She has a passion for teaching others what she has learned in those years. She is Vice Chair of the KC Recovery Coalition, serves on the board of the MO Coalition of Recovery Support Providers and is a member of The MO Department of Mental Health State Advisory Council. Darla obtained her MSW from the KU, and she has a BS in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Studies from MO Valley College. Darla is a person in recovery and author of the book, “I Am Not Anonymous.” This training has been approved for 1-hour by the Missouri Credentialing Board and the Iowa Board of Certification. Please email Bree at [email protected] for any questions.
Face-to-Face Training
Stigma is a factor that can prevent those with substance use disorders from receiving evidence-based practices that allow them to seek and stay in recovery. This training is led by someone with lived experience of drug use, overdose, and navigating the care continuum to eventually becoming a Peer Recovery Support Specialist. We will look at this story and the role stigma played in delaying and distressing the recovery process. Participants will have the opportunity to observe how stigma affects their own experiences and discuss ways to shift attitudes and improve actions which lead to better outcomes and more people in recovery. This training will take place at the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse.
Webinar/Virtual Training
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) consists of a basic introduction of the 15 standards that provide a framework for organizations, teams, or departments to extend and support cultural responsivity within an operating system Cultural Awareness with CLAS will provide a basic introduction to the CLAS standards and explore ways to apply and integrate the standards in practice. The overall goal is to improve service delivery and yield compassionate outcomes that are inclusive, diverse, and respectful to marginalized populations.  

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The Invitation to Change (ITC) is a holistic helping model for families affected by substance use, drawing from concepts also found in CRAFT, MI, and ACT. Participants will leave the training with a complete set of tools for empowering families to support their loved ones effectively. More about the approach here. The deadline to apply is April 19, 2024. This training is a collaboration with the Great Lakes ATTC, South Southwest ATTC, Mountain Plains ATTC, Northwest ATTC, South Southeast ATTC, Mid America ATTC, and the ATTC Network Coordinating Office.
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This  Black History Month, let's pause to recognize the remarkable achievements, unwavering strength, and outstanding triumphs of the Black community. It's also a time for us to recommit to cultivating an environment of inclusiveness, fairness, and opportunities for all. By recognizing and elevating diverse voices, we enrich our workplace and the vitality of our organizations, communities, and society. Take advantage of MATTC’s FREE Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) training to improve your organization’s quality of services provided to all individuals, which will ultimately help reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. More information is found in the flyer attached! Please email [email protected] for additional information. 
Toolkit
We recognize that the holidays are a difficult time for many. Mid-America ATTC developed a holiday toolkit: How to Thrive During the Holiday Season. It includes tips for people in recovery and for those who support people in recovery, harm reduction techniques for those who want to cut back during the holidays, self-care ideas, LGBTQ+  and recovery resources, and more!  Author: Darla Belflower Editors: Bree Sherry, Catie Holmes, and Jenny Ho
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