The purpose of the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center Advisory Board is to secure regional expertise to guide the training and technical assistance (TA) efforts of the MPATTC. The valued knowledge of board members, as providers and leaders in the behavioral health field, will assist the Mountain Plains Staff in more effectively addressing workforce needs in the six state region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).
Summary of Mountain Plains Advisory Board Efforts
The Mountain Plains ATTC hosted its semi-annual Advisory Board meeting on September 16, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to provide brief updates on the ATTC’s progress since the March 2020 meeting, assess training and technical assistance needs, and determine perceptions regarding the impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). To facilitate the discussion phase of the meeting, Board members had the opportunity to respond to the following questions provided in the meeting agenda shared prior to the meeting: What are you seeing as the impact of COVID-19 on your current operations? How can the Mountain Plains ATTC support you?
Co-Director Heitkamp prepared this document from the comments in the meeting notes. This content includes a rich narrative of the depth and breadth of experiences that Board members have gained in their administrative and supervisory capacities while adapting to challenges related to the PHE.
Findings from the Mountain Plains ATTC Advisory Board Survey - September 2019
As the Mountain Plains ATTC (MPATTC) enters Year 3 of the five-year funding cycle, Advisory Board members were invited to participate in a survey prior to the September 18, 2019 Advisory Board meeting. The purpose of the survey was to receive input about issues they face in their work related to SUDs and how the MPATTC could assist by offering training/TA in particular topical areas. Twenty-eight Advisory Board members were invited to participate and survey responses were received from 16 members, for a total response rate of 57%. To view the entire survey results, please click MPATTC 2019 Adv. Brd. survey.
Three themes emerged as a result of discussions and activities conducted at the Advisory Board meeting on December 7, 2017 in Denver (see below). These priority areas have been used to inform Year 1 training and technical assistance events to date. For example, Enhanced Professional Learning Series (EPLS) on SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Skill-based Videoconferencing (SbVC), and Technology-Based Clinical Supervision (TBCS) have been conducted throughout the Region. In addition, the Region 8 Needs Assessment was completed in March 2018 with between 90-95% of respondents indicated it was important or extremely important that they receive training and/or technical assistance in particular topic areas (to view full report click Region 8 T/TA Survey).
Summary of Mountain Plains Advisory Board Discussion - December 2017
https://attcnetwork.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/AdvisoryBoardMeetingReport_FINAL%20APPROVED.pdfThe first Mountain Plains ATTC Advisory Board Meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The Advisory Board is comprised of 32 individuals representing national, regional, state and local officials, private behavioral health providers, recovery organizations, tribal colleges, and state universities from the six-state region. Also in attendance were Region 8 HHS Regional Administrator Dr. Charles Smith (ex-officio) and Dennis Mohatt, Vice President for Behavioral Health of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Breakout sessions with Advisory Board members were used to gather information on training/TA and workforce development needs.
Three general themes were identified from the responses that are designated as priority needs:
importance of an integrated care focus
expanded training and education on evidence-based practices
use of technology to enhance services
Following an afternoon panel discussion on workforce development, themes emerged in response to workforce development issues that included:
barriers to workforce development;
advancement of skills
recruitment and retention of professionals. Click Advisory Board Discussion Summary to review details from the summary