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The New England ATTC in partnership with RICARES provided a basic/universal TA session titled “State-level homelessness and drug overdose mortality: Evidence from US panel data” on 3/21/24 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Although we in recovery science understand well that not having access to steady, safe, and secure housing is a risk factor for drug overdose for a given individual, less is known about the relationship between homelessness and overdose mortality (the rate of death resulting from drug overdose) at the state level. In this study, researchers looked at data on housing, population, substance use, overdose, unemployment, and other variables from 2007–2020 for all US states and Washington DC. The result was that overdose mortality was found to be positively associated with homelessness at the state level in other words, the more homelessness there is in a state, the higher the state’s overdose mortality rate is likely to be. However, they found that this association becomes weaker when fentanyl is widely available in a given state. Researchers concluded that, given this association, policies, and programs to prevent and reduce homelessness should be considered critical elements of overdose prevention efforts. Article link: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871623011481?ref=pdf_download&fr=RR-2&rr=85fb4e876ef442b5 Please find the meeting summary here: ATTC ReadingGroup 03212024 Summary
Published: March 22, 2024
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The New England ATTC in partnership with RICARES provided a basic/universal TA session titled “Hospitalizations for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders in Older Adults: Trends, Comorbidities, and Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity” on 2/22/24 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Increasing numbers of adults aged 65+ years are being diagnosed with alcohol and opioid use disorders. Researchers understand relatively little about older people who are hospitalized for these conditions. Researchers in this study looked at Medicare claims data from 2007-2014 for older adults with a diagnosis of alcohol or opioid use disorder and looked at trends around hospitalizations over time, as well as trends by diagnosis, race, and gender. Study investigators found that more and more adults aged 65 years and older have been treated in hospitals for alcohol and opioid use disorders over the study period and that among the people who were treated in hospital, certain race and gender groups were more likely than others to be hospitalized. Investigators concluded that more research on these disparities is needed and that interventions and treatments are needed to help older adults who use substances. Article link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epub/10.1177/11782218221116733 Please find the the meeting summary here: ATTC ReadingGroup 02222024 Summary
Published: February 23, 2024
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals, provided a basic TA webinar titled, "Peer Support: Why Your Program Needs It" on 1/31/2024 with subject matter expert Abby Frutchey. This webinar is intended to support treatment court teams in understanding the value of peer support and the framework for successfully integrating peer support specialists into the court setting at all levels of implementation. This presentation will examine the various peer and professional peer roles available to support court participants, receive guidance on the role of Peer Support Specialists within the court program, and dispel myths that may be impacting a team's decision to integrate peer support. Please click the link above to access the slides of this webinar. 
Published: February 5, 2024
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals, provided a basic TA webinar titled, "Peer Support: Why Your Program Needs It" on 1/31/2024 with subject matter expert Abby Frutchey. This webinar is intended to support treatment court teams in understanding the value of peer support and the framework for successfully integrating peer support specialists into the court setting at all levels of implementation. This presentation will examine the various peer and professional peer roles available to support court participants, receive guidance on the role of Peer Support Specialists within the court program, and dispel myths that may be impacting a team's decision to integrate peer support. Please click the link above to access a recording of this webinar. 
Published: February 1, 2024
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This Spanish National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification resource was prepared in response to President Biden's 2022 Unity Agenda. This resource outlines model standards for substance use disorder, mental health, and family/youth peer support certification.
Published: November 30, 2023
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals, provided a basic TA webinar titled, "How to Best Treat and Manage Methamphetamine Use" on 10/4/2023 with subject matter experts Brian Meyer and Helen Harberts. This webinar familiarized participants with how to recognize signs of methamphetamine use, overdose, and withdrawal. It reviewed the roles of different court team members and the most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction. Finally, it helped guide court employees to respond to the increase in methamphetamine use among treatment court participants. Please click the link above to access a recording of this webinar. 
Published: October 4, 2023
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals, provided a basic TA webinar titled, "How to Best Treat and Manage Methamphetamine Use" with subject matter experts Brian Meyer and Helen Harberts. This webinar familiarized participants with how to recognize signs of methamphetamine use, overdose, and withdrawal. It reviewed the roles of different court team members and the most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction. Finally, it helped guide court employees to respond to the increase in methamphetamine use among treatment court participants. Please click the download link above to access the slides from this webinar. 
Published: October 4, 2023
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This presentation titled, "Addiction Technology Transfer: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Service for 30 Years" provides participants with an overview of the New England ATTC and key accomplishments over the past three decades.
Published: September 22, 2023
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This presentation titled, “Eliminating Disparities, Building Equity, and the Enhanced CLAS Standards: Current Context and Approaches” reviews current approaches to ensure adherence to CLAS standards and eradicate health disparities.
Published: September 22, 2023
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The New England ATTC co-hosted the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction (RSHR) Reading Group meeting on September 21, 2023. This discussion reviewed the article, “Understanding Stigma Through the Lived Experiences of People With Opioid Use Disorder.” Article link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37390780/ View the September 2023 RSHR Reading group meeting summary that includes a brief article summary and key themes that arose in discussion with the participants.
Published: September 21, 2023
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The New England ATTC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director, Dr. David Zelaya, presented the opening plenary session, “Incorporating an Intersectionality Framework to Understand the Impact of Racism and Heterosexism on the Health Disparities Encountered by LGBTQ+ People of Color” at the New England School of Best Practices. This interactive presentation offered an overview of tools to help behavioral health professionals understand how systems of oppression such as racism and heterosexism create unique health disparities (e.g., addiction and behavioral health care inequities) encountered by LGBTQ+ People of Color. • Explain two strategies to reduce these health disparities in the behavioral health setting.   Click the download button above to download the slides from this presentation.
Published: August 31, 2023
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The New England ATTC co-hosted the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction (RSHR) Reading Group meeting on August 17, 2023. This discussion reviewed the article, “A Qualitative Analysis of Barriers to Opioid Agonist Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minoritized Populations.” Article link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36403456/ View the August 2023 RSHR Reading group meeting summary that includes a brief article summary and key themes that arose in discussion with the participants.
Published: August 17, 2023
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the NEARCP, hosted the next webinar in a series of basic/universal TA sessions for criminal justice professionals titled “Incentives on a Dime”. This 1.5-hour session first focused on the science supporting the use of incentives and then took a deep dive into the creation, implementation, and delivery of incentives. Participants were provided with detailed handouts, a fully customized toolkit, and an array of new incentive-based skills.
Published: August 2, 2023
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The New England ATTC co-hosted the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction (RSHR) Reading Group meeting on July 20, 2023. This discussion reviewed the article, “Meeting People Where They Are: Implementing Hospital-Based Substance Use Harm Reduction.” Article link: https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-022-00594-9 View the July 2023 RSHR Reading group meeting summary that includes a brief article summary and key themes that arose in discussion with the participants.
Published: July 20, 2023
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The New England ATTC co-hosted the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction (RSHR) Reading Group meeting on June 15, 2023. This discussion reviewed the article, “Successful Substance Use Disorder Recovery in Transitional Housing: Perspectives from African American Women.” Article link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CBMRf0JmuvZUekaJyanWKKY4s5M_9KBh/view View the June 2023 RSHR Reading group meeting summary that includes a brief article summary and key themes that arose in discussion with the participants.
Published: June 15, 2023
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The New England ATTC co-hosted the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction (RSHR) Reading Group meeting on April 20, 2023. This discussion reviewed the article, “Role of Peer Support Workers in Improving Patient Experience in Tower Hamlets Specialist Addiction Unit.” Article link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pMWtbaMn6iFGZrHglV7JzAOW1QJL4aCH/view View the April 2023 RSHR Reading group meeting summary that includes a brief article summary and key themes that arose in discussion with the participants.
Published: April 20, 2023
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The New England ATTC in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals recently hosted a webinar titled, "Data-Based Insights on Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment, Recovery, and Implications for Recovery Courts" Dr. Michael J. Sofis reviewed recent findings from the Cannabis Public Policy Consulting’s Regulatory Determinants of Cannabis Outcomes Survey (RDCOS) from 25 adult use, medical-only, and illegal/low-THC states on the prevalence of cannabis use harms like cannabis use disorder (CUD), driving under the influence of cannabis. (DUIC), and youth cannabis use. He highlighted promising up-and-coming treatment and prevention approaches designed to help prevent cannabis harms and contextualize how such approaches will impact recovery courts.  View the recording from the Data-Based Insights on Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Implications for Recovery Courts by clicking on the view resource button above. 
Published: February 24, 2023
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The New England ATTC in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals recently hosted a webinar titled, "Data-Based Insights on Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment, Recovery, and Implications for Recovery Courts" Dr. Michael J. Sofis reviewed recent findings from the Cannabis Public Policy Consulting’s Regulatory Determinants of Cannabis Outcomes Survey (RDCOS) from 25 adult use, medical-only, and illegal/low-THC states on the prevalence of cannabis use harms like cannabis use disorder (CUD), driving under the influence of cannabis. (DUIC), and youth cannabis use. He highlighted promising up-and-coming treatment and prevention approaches designed to help prevent cannabis harms and contextualize how such approaches will impact recovery courts.  View the slides from the Data-Based Insights on Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Implications for Recovery Courts by clicking on the view resource button above. 
Published: February 24, 2023
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The New England ATTC in partnership with the Community Care Alliance of Rhode Island is hosted a four-part targeted TA series in "Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders" on 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, and 3/7 with subject matter expert Taylor D'Addario.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population.  In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating substance use disorders and a wide range of co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
Published: February 7, 2023
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The New England ATTC in partnership with Gateway Healthcare hosted the SAMHSA’s National Outcome Measures Service Tool: Collecting Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Race/Ethnicity Demographic Information in a Culturally Humble and Sensitive Approach virtual training on 1/25/23 with subject matter expert David Zelaya. This training aimed to provide an introductory overview regarding the ever growing and evolving language regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity. Specifically, the training contextualized the demographic questions being utilized in SAMHSA's NOMS tool. The training included experiential activities, dedicated space for reflection, in addition to a question and answer portion with the trainer. In line with the mission of the New England ATTC, this training helped to increase the cultural competency (i.e., awareness, knowledge, and skills) of the behavioral health workforce providing substance use and addiction services.
Published: January 25, 2023
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The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), and the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), recently hosted a new webinar for criminal justice professionals. This program focused on the gender-based predictors of and patterns and pathways into substance misuse and the criminal justice system and addressed the specific treatment, trauma, relationship, familial responsibility, physical and mental health, and economic circumstances of women that must be appropriately addressed during drug court participation. The program concluded with the processes, personnel, and programs necessary to build a successful gender-specific specialized docket. View the recording from the Honoring Women: A Model for Gender-Specific Specialized Dockets by clicking on the view resource button above. More information about the event can be found here. 
Published: September 28, 2022
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View the presentation slides from the workshop, “The Power of Groups: Group Work Using Motivational Interviewing” during the 29th New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services with subject matter expert Stephen Andrew.
Published: September 2, 2022
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View the presentation slides from the workshop, “Foundational Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches” by subject matter expert Stephen Andrew.
Published: September 2, 2022
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In partnership with Brown University SciToons and the Department of Emergency Medicine, the New England ATTC created the product "Opioid Overdose Rescue: 5 Ways to Save the Life." This educational video teaches the viewer how to recognize an overdose and how to effectively intervene. Watch the video to learn more. 
Published: September 1, 2022
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The ATTC Network understands that words have power. A few ATTC products developed prior to 2017 may contain language that does not reflect the ATTCs’ current commitment to using affirming, person-first language. We appreciate your patience as we work to gradually update older materials. For more information about the importance of non-stigmatizing language, see “Destroying Addiction Stigma Once and For All: It’s Time” from the ATTC Network and “Changing Language to Change Care: Stigma and Substance Use Disorders” from the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS).

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