SAMHSA funds new National Hispanic and Latino ATTC!

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The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) plans to use this funding to develop the Hispanic/Latino (H/L) Center of Excellence for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program (H-L ATTC). The H-L ATTC will serve individuals and organizations who provide behavioral health services to H/L populations throughout the U.S The project provides training and technical assistance to a wide range of public, nonprofit and private organizations in culturally and linguistically appropriate practices and programs effective in serving Latino populations including evidenced based, community defined evidence, and other best or emerging practices.

Goals for the Hispanic-Latino ATTC

The NLBHA H/L COE will develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services to H/L populations through the accomplishment of the following goals:

  1. Develop and/or improve the quality of services and interventions available by building a relationship between researchers, SUD treatment providers, clinicians and the recovery community to increase tools needed to improve the quality of service delivery to H/L communities across the continuum of care;
  2. Improve organizations and systems of care by developing practical tools and establishing evidence based-practice for SUDs for training and development needs for the SUD workforce;
  3. Using a system change approach, increase the SUD workforce, including peers, knowledge of Evidence Based Practices relevant to H/L communities in order to improve their skills to better serve this community;
  4. Conduct intensive technical assistance to state systems, providers, peers and researchers to improve their processes and practices and to meet the identified needs in the delivery of effective SUD treatment and recovery services for H/L communities by providing ongoing skill development and coaching opportunities related to specific EBPs and implementation strategies; and
  5. Enhance access and engagement by holding a bi-annual H/L BH conference for 2.5 days to highlight new findings in the field and increase the new knowledge available to providers, researchers, clinicians and peers, of substance abuse services to H/L communities.