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Great Lakes ATTC Entering Year 4!

Jeanne Pulvermacher, Co-Director, Great Lakes ATTC
Publication Date: Oct 08, 2020

On October 1, 2020, the Great Lakes ATTC began Year 4 of our five-year cooperative agreement with SAMHSA. The past year has been interesting, to say the least! The past 12 months have presented the behavioral health workforce with unique challenges and opportunities. The Great Lakes ATTC has strived to support Region 5 providers during this tumultuous time in a variety of ways. 

Like many of you, we had to make a rapid transition from face-to-face to virtual services. Thanks to the fantastic support from our Great Lakes production team, it's been a smooth transition. Over the past year, we developed training and technical assistance offerings based on input from our advisory board. COVID-19 also shaped our planning as we developed trainings to help providers make the transition to telehealth services.

We did several webinars, listening sessions, and learning collaboratives focusing on how to use and improve telehealth services. One of our first trainings offered in response to COVID19 was the March webinar, Substance Use Disorders in the Time of a Pandemic: You'll Need a Bigger Boat. The live webinar attracted a recorded number of participants and the recording has received a record of nearly 9,000 views on our YouTube channel

We have also expanded our products inventory since March to include a variety of recorded webinars on topics related to health equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Products and Resources catalog to browse our growing list! 

During the past year, we  have also collaborated with our partners across the ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Networks. One example is the webinar series focused on integrating services, a collaboration with Northeast and Caribbean and Northwest ATTCs. The next webinar in the series, Best Practices for Co-occurring Disorders Treatment: Integrated Treatment Planning, Service Provision and Continuity of Care, is scheduled for October 21. Find out more and register here.

We have also focused on training providers on Culturally Responsive Services for LGBT Individuals in many states in our region. Our Peer Support ECHO series has been very successful. We'll continue to work with ROSC and Peer Recovery projects in the year ahead. Read more about our Illinois statewide ROSC Council project here

In the year ahead, we'll continue to expand our training offerings to meet the needs of Region 5 behavioral health providers. We'll be offering some of our most popular trainings, such as the NIATx Virtual Change Leader Academy and Motivational Interviewing on a quarterly or more frequent basis. Watch your email for more details!