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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, […]
Published: 02/22/2024
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 […]
Published: 12/12/2023
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded Opioid Response Network (ORN) initiative today launch the Stand Against Stigma (SAS) Challenge. This is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organizations, particularly those working in justice/law and healthcare systems, to address and dispel stigma related to individuals with substance use disorders through easy, daily activity. Visit […]
Published: 11/16/2023
Each person who enters recovery is as unique as their story. And this month, in honor of recovery month, we are bringing you a special edition of Essential Conversations that includes recovery stories from people in diverse populations. Hear what people in these communities want providers to know. Click here to listen and to learn […]
Published: 09/07/2023
The Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with the Ethnic Communities Opioid Response Network – MO to engage people who use languages other than English (LOTE) to address the opioid crisis in our ethnic communities. There are many communities that are ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse that need services and support during the opioid crisis. Join […]
Published: 07/26/2023
The purpose of this program is to prevent health and behavioral health risks (e.g., suicide, depression, homelessness, drug use, HIV) and to promote well-being for LGBTQI+ youth in the context of their families/caregivers, cultures, and communities by establishing LGBTQI+ family counseling and support programs and training providers on family counseling and support interventions. Click here […]
Published: 06/08/2023
The Facilitating Trauma-Informed Culture Change in Recovery Oriented Systems: A Consultant's Guide is available now! This easy-to-use and adaptable guide is designed to lead TTC consultants through the Trauma-Informed Care implementation process. Visit the product page to learn more!
Published: 02/21/2023
Mid-America ATTC  (MATTC) partnered with the Ethnic Communities Opioid Response Network in Missouri, the Addiction Policy Forum, and the ORN (in IA, KS, MO, and NE) to translate Prevention of Opioid Use Education Materials into ten different languages and ensure they are culturally appropriate. Click here to view materials.
Published: 10/25/2022
The Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Use Disorder: Making the Connections toolkit merges the content on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders (SUD) to expand capacity to address both issues in treatment. The author, Dr. Carolyn Lemsky, is a board-certified neuropsychologist with over 25 years of experience working in rehabilitation settings in the […]
Published: 04/28/2022
Join us for Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Care (CRTIC), our next topic on the Trauma Informed Caring Podcast, a member of the family of “Essential Conversations” podcasts brought to you by the Mid- America Addiction Technology Transfer Center and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This season discussions about the vital […]
Published: 03/03/2022
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently updated TIP 33: Treatment for Substance Use Disorders. The update includes information about treating cocaine and methamphetamine use disorders and the misuse of prescription stimulants. Download now to view recommendations on treatment approaches for those who use stimulants!
Published: 11/04/2021
Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth DEA Warns that International and Domestic Criminal Drug Networks are Flooding the United States with Lethal Counterfeit Pills Click here to read the full Public Safety Alert! Click here to download he Counterfeit Pills Fact Sheet Go to www.DEA.gov/onepill for more information
Published: 09/29/2021
National Recovery Month educates others about recovery from mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and recovery support services, and that recovery is possible. All of us, from celebrities and sports figures to our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members, throughout our lives have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small. […]
Published: 08/30/2021
This document is designed to reduce this information gap and help individuals and organizations better understand how the legal landscape in their state may impact access to harm reduction services and supplies, including overdose Good Samaritan laws, which provide limited protection from criminal sanctions to encourage people to call for help in an overdose emergency. […]
Published: 02/24/2021
Understanding Addiction Services in Kansas: A Minicourse Series is a free series of online mini courses designed for Kansas mental health and addiction counseling professionals and organization leaders who need to know about topics essential to Kansas Substance Use Disorder (SUD) practice. The series includes 6 stand-alone minicourses that can be taken in any order: […]
Published: 01/21/2021
The Forum hosted by Williams and Associates, Inc is a free conference that fosters meaningful conversation around minority health and health disparities in the Midwest.  Got to bit.ly/attendtheforum to register!
Published: 01/20/2021
This Holiday Resource Guide provides a one-stop-shop for approaching the holiday season in the midst of a pandemic. Learn to address grief and loss, social isolation, and other mental health concerns unique to the pandemic era, as well as celebrate with friends and family virtually or in small gatherings in accordance with CDC guidelines, utilize technology to host a […]
Published: 12/14/2020
The holidays are quickly approaching, for most people holidays are filled with joy and excitement but for some the holidays are filled with anxiety and stress. First Call invites those that would benefit from additional support and coping strategies throughout the holiday to join us for our “How to Cope with the Holidays” group offered […]
Published: 11/05/2020
Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 is a podcast intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers. During each episode, we will interview a subject matter expert on a timely topic and explore tips designed to help the BH and SUD workforce in Region 7. Click here to learn more!
Published: 08/07/2020
HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDs Program, Target HIV, developed state-specific resources to assist providers in navigating health coverage requirements that may impact the prescription of hepatitis C treatment. Click here to go to the Hepatitis C Prescriber Toolkit and find resources in your state!
Published: 01/02/2020
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join […]
Published: 09/06/2019
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? To find out the basics of housing and how to get started listen to the Recovery Housing Podcast!  By the end of […]
Published: 08/08/2019
SAMHSA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new joint informational bulletin, Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools. This guidance includes examples of approaches for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) related treatment services in schools, and describes some of […]
Published: 07/01/2019
A new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that overdose deaths involving cocaine and psychostimulants continue to increase.   This report underscores the need for comprehensive, evidence-based public health and public safety interventions.    Click here to read the full report.
Published: 06/24/2019
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