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 DESCRIPTION The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally shifted the health and wellbeing of every human on planet Earth. LGBTQ community members were impacted early in the crisis, and continue to show disparities in contracting the virus, as well as higher rates of death, disability, substance use disorders, and suicide related to pandemic distress. These impacts were not evenly distributed across all LGBTQ people, however, but were concentrated among queer and transgender of color and gender diverse people in general. New research is emerging that points to both expected and surprising impacts of the disease unique to LGBTQ people. This webinar will explore LGBTQ population dynamics, needs, and ways to support vulnerable community members as the world population emerges into the post-COVID reality.   Please use the download attachment 1 button on the right side of the page to view the entire factsheet in English.     This factsheet is now available in Spanish. Translation services by the National Hispanic and Latino Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Traducido por: To download the full version of the Spanish factsheet, use the Download Attachment 2 button on the right side of the page.  
Published: March 15, 2024
eNewsletter or Blog
by Raymond Crowel, PsyD, Clinical Director, The Danya Institute  In March 2020, COVID-19 made its presence felt literally around the world. Within weeks, our lives were upended, as businesses shuttered their doors, schools closed, and our social connections were severed. The same was true for substance use and recovery programs when outpatient addiction treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and residential treatment programs closed. In the early months, both face-to-face services and AA/NA support networks were nonexistent. Successful substance use recovery requires access to treatment, connection to people, and a strong community that supports recovery. Limited access to treatment and services, paired with isolation, anxiety, and depression caused by the pandemic, proved to be devastating for many people in recovery. Relapse and overdose rates jumped in the first year of the pandemic, destroying the progress that was beginning to be made in combating the opioid abuse epidemic. In addition, many vulnerable people turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the chronic stress, loneliness, loss of work, and grief. Lastly, the drug trade in fentanyl exploded. The result was a dramatic spike in overdoses and substance use-related emergency department visits. <em>Image by Enrique from Pixabay</em> While the COVID-19 pandemic has become less deadly, substance abuse has not. The ongoing trauma from the pandemic, untreated relapses in recovery, limited treatment capacity, and increasing potency and availability of illegal drugs contributed to more than 100,000 deaths in 2022 (NIDA). The pandemic forced substance use treatment systems to think of creative ways to continue to support recovery. Peer Recovery Specialists, trained in outreach and connecting with persons ready to begin their recovery process, shifted to disposable cell phones and virtual support services and support groups. Flexible Federal and state government policies allowed medication-assisted treatment programs to provide more walk-up and take-home dosing. The entire substance abuse and mental health service system migrated to telehealth services to provide safe access to ongoing treatment. Online networks and virtual referral processes made identifying and matching treatment providers with those seeking treatment easier.  As residential programs reopened, providers implemented masking, testing, safe distancing, and sanitation processes to protect residents and staff from COVID-19. Many such practices put into place during the height of the pandemic have remained in place, permanently altering how services are delivered.  Sadly, our rates of addiction, overdose, and death by overdose remain high. Although education, prevention, and treatment efforts are back to near pre-pandemic levels, still more needs to be done to save the lives of the many still struggling with addiction. At a minimum, we need: More treatment professionals, including Peer Recovery Specialists and credentialed foreign-trained professionals. Integrated approaches to healthcare that consider both mental health and substance, along with social determinants of health. Increased adoption of harm reduction efforts, including the widespread distribution of Naloxone, needle exchanges, and fentanyl test kits, as well as supervised consumption sites.   COVID-19’s legacy is one of suffering and rising to the challenge. We are hopeful that the enduring legacy will be a stronger system of care for behavioral health, built with the same determination brought to combatting COVID-19.
Published: January 2, 2024
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    The ATTC Network hosted a webinar by Abt Associates as part of a recent SAMHSA Advisory.   Summary: The last decade has seen immense changes in digital health, with increased use of electronic medical records, mobile applications, and wearable devices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth expanded access to care for millions of people and was a critical resource to meet the behavioral healthcare needs of individuals with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Digital therapeutics (DTx) are health software intended to treat or alleviate a disease, disorder, condition, or injury by generating and delivering a medical intervention that has a demonstrable positive therapeutic impact on a patient's health. DTx play an important role in facilitating care through technology. This webinar will introduce the audience to a recently released SAMHSA advisory on DTx and the benefits of their use in behavioral health. The webinar will describe research, regulatory, and reimbursement implications for DTx, selection and implementation considerations, and issues related to equitable access of DTx in behavioral health. Through a roundtable format, the webinar will also highlight one state’s success in integrating DTx into its service provision.   Watch Now: DTx Webinar SAMHSA Guide: DTx Advisory Slide Deck: DTx Presentation
Published: September 14, 2023
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  The National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center would like to share with you Volume 7, Issue 3 of our newsletter, Addressing Addiction in our Native American Communities for Fall 2021: Recovering from Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19. Please take a few moments to explore this issue. It is available at the link below to download.
Published: September 29, 2021
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The switch from in-person to virtual service delivery as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic not only changed how clinical services are provided, but also the way clinical supervision is conducted. This self-paced training describes the key skills and tools necessary to provide high quality clinical supervision virtually. Topics include creative engagement strategies for the virtual format, best practices, goal setting, and a discussion about the future of clinical tele-supervision.   Steps to participate: Register for the no-cost, self-paced course. Login to your account on mtplainsattc.org. Watch the webinar. Complete the post-test with a score of at least 80%. Download your 1 CE certificate.  
Published: September 21, 2021
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Happy National Minority Health Month! In April, we are supporting the campaign of the Office of Minority Health (OMH): #VaccineReady. Please watch this video and help us to disseminate this important message. Additional information: https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm/ ¡Feliz Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías! En Abril, ​nos gustaría apoyar la campaña de la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías (OMH por sus siglas en inglés): #ListosParaLaVacuna. Los(as) invitamos a ver este video y por favor, ayúdenos a difundir este importante mensaje. Para más información, visite: https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm/ Feliz Mês Nacional da Saúde das Minorias​! Em Abril, nós gostaríamos de apoiar a campanha do Escritório de Saúde de Minorias do Departamento de Saúde e Serviços Humanos dos Estados Unidos (OMH): #VacinaJá. Assista a este vídeo e ajude-nos a divulgar esta mensagem importante. Mais informações: https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm/
Published: April 8, 2021
Print Media
The National Hispanic and Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (NHL-ATTC and PTTC) are happy to provide new Fact sheets on Gambling Awareness in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Click here to download the files: English Spanish/Español Portuguese/Português
Published: March 25, 2021
eNewsletter or Blog
The March 2021 Dialogue contains articles on: Addiction: Recovery Stories in the African American Community | Mental Health: Supporting Youth Mental Health During COVID-19 | Prevention: Substance Use Prevention and Preventing Problem Gambling | ORN: Faith-Based Toolkit | Spotlight: Black Mental Wellness & NIH's UNITE initiative to end Structural racism. Additional sections include upcoming training and webinar events, behavioral health observances, new resources, and Region 3 news. The Dialogue is designed to inform behavioral and mental health professionals of news and upcoming events in the Central East states. This electronic newsletter is disseminated bi-monthly on the first Tuesday. You are encouraged to provide us with any feedback or submit articles and topics for discussion in future issues of the newsletter, [email protected]. Sign up to receive the Dialogue in your mailbox.
Published: March 2, 2021
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      DESCRIPTION The pandemic has brought challenges and disruption to substance use disorder services along with opportunities. The presentation will examine these new opportunities and “how to get there.”     LEARNING OBJECTIVES Participants will: Recognize some of the opportunities that have resulted from the pandemic. Explore the role of resilience in responding to service needs during the pandemic, and as a path to opportunities.     PRESENTER Sheila Weix, MSN, RN, CARN During her tenure as a leader in SUD treatment, Sheila Weix has been involved with emergencies related to the HIV epidemic, 9/11, and the 2008 economic collapse. She is currently applying this experience in an outpatient treatment service that includes medication-assisted treatment in rural Wisconsin during the COVID19 pandemic.     IN CASE YOU MISSED IT... Video: Substance Use Disorder Services in the Days of a Pandemic (Part 1) Video: Substance Use Disorder Services in the Days of a Pandemic (Part 2)  
Published: February 19, 2021
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El objetivo de esta presentación es hablar acerca del estrés y el estigma que la comunidad Latina enfrenta en relación con la pandemia del COVID-19 y cómo esto ha provocado un aumento en el uso de sustancias ilícitas. Esta presentación tendrá información sobre el estrés Latinx, el uso ascendente de las sustancias ilícitas, y proveerá técnicas que pueden usar con sus clientes para ayudarlos a sobrellevar las dificultades.
Published: February 17, 2021
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This webinar aims to provide an overview on the stress and stigma Hispanic and Latino communities face in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and how this has caused an uptick in substance use among individuals. This presentation will provide recent research and information on Latinx stress, substance use and mental health trends, and coping strategies that professionals working with the Latinx community can use to help clients build resiliency. Additional Resources Presentation Handouts English Español Portuguese   Translations       Speakers Jessica Martinez, MA
Published: February 10, 2021
eNewsletter or Blog
The January 2021 Dialogue contains articles on: Addiction: New Year. New Hope. Black History Month | Mental Health: Addressing Mental Health in the Black Community | Prevention: Substance Use Prevention and Mentoring | ORN: Mentoring | Region 3 Spotlight: Danya's new ORN hire. Additional sections include upcoming training and webinar events, behavioral health observances, new resources, and Region 3 news. The Dialogue is designed to inform behavioral and mental health professionals of news and upcoming events in the Central East states. This electronic newsletter is disseminated bi-monthly on the first Tuesday. You are encouraged to provide us with any feedback or submit articles and topics for discussion in future issues of the newsletter, [email protected]. Sign up to receive the Dialogue in your mailbox.    
Published: February 9, 2021
Print Media
The National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center is pleased to provide new factsheets addressing the shame and stigma during COVID-19 and how it is affecting the Latinx community. It will provide skills to reduce stress during COVID-19.  This factsheet is available also in Spanish, Español, and Português.
Published: February 1, 2021
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Objetivos: Repasar el uso y abuso de las sustancias ilegales durante el embarazo Presentar nuestro conocimiento la identificación y manejo de la Hepatitis C durante el embarazo Actualizar nuestro conocimiento con respecto a la pandemia del virus COVID 19 y su impacto en las mujeres embarazadas   Recursos Addicionales: Webinar slide handouts Not all vaccines are created equal Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Statement: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Pregnancy Labor and Delivery COVID-19 Considerations WHO FAQ Website: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Vaccines   Presentador: Luis A. Izquierdo, M.D.
Published: December 16, 2020
eNewsletter or Blog
Monthly electronic newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.  Great Lakes Current December 2020 features an article on maintaining recovery over the holidays and a spotlight on Wisconsin, along with new products and training events coming up in January 2021.       
Published: December 15, 2020
Print Media
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 virtual celebration, and devise creative strategies for celebrating with family virtually. This product was developed in collaboration with the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Author(s): Johnson, K./Mid-America MHTTC; Klepper, C./Mid-America MHTTC; Robinson, L./Mid-America MHTTC; West, H./Mid-America MHTTC; Sherry, B./Mid-America ATTC; Stilen, P./Mid-America ATTC; Closson, D./Mid-America PTTC
Published: December 14, 2020
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Objectives: Review the use and abuse of illegal substances during pregnancy. Address the identification and management of Hepatitis C during pregnancy Present our current knowledge of COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on pregnant patients   Additional Resources Webinar slide handouts Not all vaccines are created equal Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Statement: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Pregnancy Labor and Delivery COVID-19 Considerations WHO FAQ Website: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Vaccines   Translations     Presenter: Luis A. Izquierdo, M.D.
Published: December 9, 2020
Print Media
This is a list of resources that has been compiled (and continues to be updated) during the National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC's various listening sessions. This guide is tailored for behavioral health providers who are Native and/or are working with American Indian and Alaska Native individuals. Topics include: general resources, telehealth, resources for children/youth, self-care, staying connected, diversity and equity, and upcoming relevant events. To download this resource guide, please use the "DOWNLOAD" button located above.
Published: November 25, 2020
Print Media
The fight against COVID-19 continues throughout the U.S., increasing stress and anguish among vulnerable populations struggling with substance use. Among those vulnerable populations, pregnant women present major concerns as they face an increase in adversity during the wake of the global pandemic. It is a difficult time for everyone, especially those facing more adversities such as pregnant women. Health providers and mental health providers must be highly vigilant in caring for pregnant women and should consider providing the following tools and resources, according to American Society of Addiction Medicine. Download the Substance Use and Pregnancy During COVID-19 factsheet for more information and resources. La lucha contra el COVID-19 continúa en los Estados Unidos, aumentando el estrés y la angustia entre poblaciones vulnerables que luchan contra el uso de sustancias. Entre esas poblaciones vulnerables, las mujeres embarazadas presentan grandes preocupaciones al enfrentar un aumento de adversidad durante el despertar de la pandemia global. Es un momento difícil para todos, especialmente aquellos que enfrentan más adversidades como las mujeres embarazadas. Los proveedores de salud y de salud mental deben estar muy atentos al cuidar a las mujeres embarazadas y deben considerar proporcionar las siguientes herramientas y recursos, según la Sociedad Americana de Medicina de la Adiccion.  Descargue la hoja informativa Uso de Sustancias y Embarazo Durante COVID-19 para obtener más información y recursos. A luta contra a COVID-19 ainda continua nos Estados Unidos, aumentando o estresse e a angústia entre as populações vulneráveis ​que lutam contra o uso de substâncias. Entre essas populações vulneráveis, as mulheres grávidas apresentam grandes preocupações porque elas enfrentam um aumento da adversidade durante o despertar de uma pandemia global. É um momento difícil para todos, especialmente para aqueles que enfrentam mais adversidades, como as mulheres grávidas. Provedores de saúde e profissionais de saúde mental devem estar altamente vigilantes ao cuidar de mulheres grávidas e devem considerar fornecer as seguintes ferramentas e recursos, de acordo com a Sociedade Americana de Dependência Química. Baixe o folheto informativo USO DE SUBSTÂNCIAS E A GRAVIDEZ DURANTE COVID-19 para obter mais informações e recursos.
Published: November 20, 2020
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Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 is 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. During this episode we discuss post pandemic trends in mental health and substance use disorder. We are joined by Susan Whitmore, the President and CEO of First Call in Kansas City, MO and Topher Hansen, the President and CEO of CenterPointe in Lincoln, NE. Our guests' share their perspectives on positive outcomes in BH due to COVID-19 and their hopes for the field in the next 20-years.  This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
Published: November 2, 2020
Print Media
COVID-19 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Telehealth Response and Sustainability Assessment is a research study on the use of virtual behavioral health services during the pandemic. Its purpose is to gain a better understanding of: How agencies are using telehealth The pros and cons of telehealth services Projected use of telehealth services post-pandemic   Thank you to those who participated in our survey. Your input will be invaluable in our study of telehealth services in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.  
Published: October 21, 2020
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As work with clients/patients continues to evolve with insurers and the public, efforts have focused on increasing the emphasis on provider utilization of “best-practices” for the treatment of individuals with a substance use disorder as well as those who are dually diagnosed. While many best-practices continue to guide the work of behavioral health professionals and peer recovery support specialists, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has significantly altered how treatment services are delivered with impacts on both the individuals served and the professionals collectively trying to achieve a new rhythm to their practice.   During this session, there will be an examination of (1) evolving best-practices that demonstrate recovery support services during the PHE; (2) how behavioral health professionals and peer recovery support specialists can develop best-practices for future PHEs; and, (3) next steps in addressing recovery supports during a pandemic.   Presenter: Timothy Legg Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.N., M.P.A., M.Sc., M.A.C., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C. is board-certified as both a geriatric and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and is also a licensed psychologist. In his private practice, he cares for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis. He holds doctoral degrees in health sciences and clinical psychology and is certified as a Master Addictions Counselor. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota.  
Published: September 30, 2020
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An Ecological Snapshot of Racial Inequity: How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go Together   "An Ecological Snapshot of Racial Inequity: How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go Together" was a webinar presented on September 22, 2020 with guest speaker, Mr. Albert Thompson from Howard University. This webinar was part of the ATTC and PTTC Networks’ listening session and strategic discussion series on emerging issues around COVID-19 and social determinants of health for the substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces.   Download Presentation Slides          
Published: September 24, 2020
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Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 is intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers in Region 7. 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. During this episode we discuss Psychiatrists' View of Supporting Recovery with Dr. Melissa O'Dell from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, and Dr. Doug Burgess from Truman Medical Centers and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, MO. During this episode, our guests' share: What they are seeing in depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.  Misconceptions about medication for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders Advice for those who may be experiencing issues with depression, anxiety, or substance use disorders for the first time This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
Published: September 16, 2020
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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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