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The audio recording from the webinar, “Peer Support: Why Your Program Needs It” (described above) is also available for download.
Published: February 1, 2024
eNewsletter or Blog
The November 2022 Dialogue contains articles on: Addiction: Multiple Pathways to Recovery | Mental Health: Coping After a Death by Suicide | Prevention: SAMHSA’s 19th Annual Prevention Day | ORN: African American History Month, and Regional Spotlight: Beyond Bars. 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 HHS Region 3/Central East region. 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 and our weekly training bulletin in your mailbox.   Visit the Dialogue Archives.
Published: January 4, 2023
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The New England ATTC in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals hosted the webinar, “Team Dynamics in Treatment Courts” on November 17, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:30 with subject matter experts, Honorable John M. Julian, Michelle Verdieu-Williams, Stephen Von Sitas, MS, and Heather Scheiwe Kulp.  Treatment courts are successful because of the strong team approach to responding to client behavior. But, what happens when team members slip into old habits and the team struggles to consistently apply best practices? During this session, you will hear from team members on how to strengthen the team relationship, how to ensure each member understands their role on the team, and how to improve communication and collaboration on your teams.
Published: November 22, 2021
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), is continuing to offer a bi-monthly targeted technical assistance series for justice professionals to advance the treatment of persons with or at risk of substance use disorders involved in the justice system. This is the webinar recording of the training session titled, "Complex Cases Facing Drug Courts" presented by Helen Harberts, M.A., J.D., and Brian Meyer, Ph.D., LCP, took place on June 16th at 12PM EST. During this webinar, the panel discussed several actual cases from New England Drug Court Programs involving participants who have struggled with drug court program requirements and whose behavior has been especially challenging for the drug court team to manage and address successfully. Experts provided their recommendations on whether sanctions were appropriate, whether the team was considering all treatment options, and whether a termination was appropriate.
Published: June 22, 2021
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), is continuing to offer a bi-monthly targeted technical assistance series for justice professionals to advance the treatment of persons with or at risk of substance use disorders involved in the justice system. These presentation slides are from the training session titled, "Complex Cases Facing Drug Courts" presented by Helen Harberts, M.A., J.D., and Brian Meyer, Ph.D., LCP, that took place on June 16th at 12PM EST. During this webinar, the panel discussed several actual cases from New England Drug Court Programs involving participants who have struggled with drug court program requirements and whose behavior has been especially challenging for the drug court team to manage and address successfully. Experts provided their recommendations on whether sanctions were appropriate, whether the team was considering all treatment options, and whether a termination was appropriate.
Published: June 16, 2021
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Description: This session will provide participants with an overview of brain injury and co-occurring conditions in the context of the criminal and juvenile justice system. including information on what brain injury is and the prevalence within this system. The session will provide a framework for addressing the needs of justice involved individuals with brain injury including screening and compensatory strategies. Finally, participants will learn of community resources for individuals with brain injury.   Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe the prevalence of brain injury and co-occurring behavioral health in the criminal and juvenile justice system. Participants will learn about best practices for screening individuals for brain injury. Participants will learn how to support individuals identified with brain injury.   Presenter Information Judy Dettmer has been working in the field of brain injury for 30 years. Ms. Dettmer is currently the Director for Strategic Partnerships and a Technical Assistance Lead for the Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance and Resource Center at the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators. Ms. Dettmer has worked extensively with adults, children and family members of individuals with brain injury. She has provided direct and systems consultation to improve the lives of individuals with brain injury. Judy has also assisted with research efforts related to brain injury and has conducted countless presentations, classes and seminars on brain injury both in the state of Colorado and Nationally. Ms. Dettmer has provided technical assistance to numerous states including but not limited to; screening on brain injury, developing infrastructure within state systems such as departments of education, criminal justice, and in developing and managing advisory boards and councils. Ms. Dettmer is currently a co-facilitator for the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury.   Video Link This training is a collaboration between Mid-America ATTC, Mountain Plains ATTC, and NASHIA.
Published: May 26, 2021
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), continues to offer a bi-monthly targeted technical assistance series for justice professionals to advance the treatment of persons with or at risk of substance use disorders involved the justice system. The latest training session titled, "The Science of Bias: How Cognition and Motivation Impact Judgment - Part 2" presented by Keith B. Maddox, Ph.D. was held on March 31st at 12PM EST. This session considered social psychological strategies to reduce bias, discussed the impact of such strategies on decision-making and outcomes, and explored ways these risk reduction strategies might be implemented in organizational contexts.
Published: March 31, 2021
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), continues to offer a bi-monthly targeted technical assistance series for justice professionals to advance the treatment of persons with or at risk of substance use disorders involved the justice system. The latest training session titled, "The Science of Bias: How Cognition and Motivation Impact Judgment - Part 2" presented by Keith B. Maddox, Ph.D. was held on March 31st at 12PM EST. This session considered social psychological strategies to reduce bias, discussed the impact of such strategies on decision-making and outcomes, and explored ways these risk reduction strategies might be implemented in organizational contexts.
Published: March 31, 2021
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The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), and the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), hosted a new webinar for criminal justice professionals.This interactive presentation with subject matter expert, Dr. Keith Maddox, explored the science of implicit bias, discussed the challenges it presents for decision-making, and considered strategies to mitigate its impact. Here you can find the slides used in the webinar, "The Science of Bias: How Cognition and Motivation Impact Judgment."
Published: February 1, 2021
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The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), and the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), hosted a new webinar for criminal justice professionals.This interactive presentation with subject matter expert, Dr. Keith Maddox, explored the science of implicit bias, discussed the challenges it presents for decision-making, and considered strategies to mitigate its impact. Here you can find the recording of the webinar, "The Science of Bias: How Cognition and Motivation Impact Judgment."
Published: February 1, 2021
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The Mountain Plains ATTC is proud to collaborate with the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) to sponsor a training series with the of goal increasing knowledge and skills regarding individuals with brain injuries and mental health and substance use disorders. Specifically, this series will highlight individuals with SUDs and a brain injury; youth with co-occurring disorders, and justice-involved individuals with brain injuries. Implications and recommendations for assessment and treatment will be highlighted in each of the 75-minute sessions.   Brain Injury and Substance Use Disorders: Implications for Justice-Involved Populations Gain an understanding of the prevalence of brain injury and co-occurrence of mental health and addictions in criminal and juvenile justice settings Learn strategies for identifying justice-involved individuals with brain injury Learn about the importance of psycho-education approaches in serving this population Gain an understanding of simple accommodations and supports to improve outcomes for this population   Presenter: Judy Dettmer, BS Judy Dettmer, BS has been working in the field of brain injury for 30 years. Ms. Dettmer serves as NASHIA’s Director for Strategic Partnerships and a Technical Assistance Lead for the Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance and Resource Center at the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators. Ms. Dettmer has worked extensively with adults, children, and family members of individuals with brain injury. She has provided direct and systems consultation to improve the lives of individuals with brain injury. Finally, Ms. Dettmer has assisted with research efforts related to brain injury and conducted countless presentations, classes, and seminars on brain injury both in the state of Colorado and nationally.  
Published: November 5, 2020
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Given the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and a significant opportunity to carry the momentum of utilizing telehealth services moving forward, the Mountain Plains staff developed and delivered a training/technical assistance plan for Colorado Problem-Solving Courts Judicial Officers, Coordinators and Clinicians that included: a Telehealth Summary document and a two-part webinar series -Part I: Digital Health Technologies: Navigating New Models to Enhance and Expand Service Delivery and Part II: The Effectiveness and Utility of Videoconferencing (Telehealth): The Future is Here. This two-part webinar series examined the use of digital health technologies as a way to expand and enhance service delivery, as well as the effectiveness and utility in videoconferencing as it relates to substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services. Both webinars were recorded and are accessible for download.   Utilizing Digital Technologies & Videoconferencing Webinar Series - Part 1 To download, follow the link above and click 'Download' below the video.  Download PowerPoint   Utilizing Digital Technologies & Videoconferencing Webinar Series - Part 2 To download, follow the link above and click 'Download' below the video. Download PowerPoint  
Published: October 23, 2020
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Presenters: Elizabeth Needham Waddell, PhD; Morgan Nelson, CRM, CADC; Christi Hildebran, LMSW, CADC III; and Erin Stack, MS. October 6, 2020 Sponsored by the Northwest ATTC and the CTN Western States Node. Peer recovery support services are supports provided across the service continuum by credentialed individuals in long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug-related problems. Peer recovery support specialists serving people following release from jails and prisons have a unique responsibility to support community reentry and adherence to community corrections requirements. They may also facilitate entry into treatment post-release and support engagement in recovery services in the months following incarceration. This webinar described the unique role of peer support specialists in the CDC-funded pilot project Reducing Overdose After Release from Incarceration (ROAR). The ROAR pilot combines provision of medication for opioid use disorder with support from Oregon Certified Recovery Mentors (CRMs) to reduce overdose risk among women released from prison. Download slides | ROAR Project protocol | Watch recording
Published: October 12, 2020
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Suicide remains a leading cause of death in our country, affecting all segments of the population. People just released from prison are at higher-risk of suicide, particularly if they also struggle with substance use. This webinar will present lessons learned from a research study that evaluates the effectiveness of the Safety Planning Intervention, a strategy for reducing suicide events among people transitioning from jail to the community. Principal Investigator Dr. Jennifer E. Johnson of Michigan State University will describe the nature of the problem and ways to reduce suicide events, given frequent substance use in this high-risk population. Recorded on March 3, 2020 Download Presentation Slides This webinar was presented in collaboration with the Great Lakes ATTC and the Central East ATTC and MHTTC. 
Published: March 10, 2020
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The National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities. This webinar will discuss how health care organizations need to ensure that awareness, adoption, and implementation of the National CLAS Standards are incorporated to have a more inclusive definition of culture in order to better serve individuals involved in the criminal justice system and re-entry programs. OBJECTIVES: Define the CLAS standards, themes, and recommendations Understand strategies for addressing ‘real-life issues’ and health equity impact among incarcerated populations Process types of support and services for incarcerated populations within correctional facilities Explore comparative cultural and structural drivers of lifestyles of recently released populations PRESENTERS: JACQUELINE COLEMAN, MEd, MSM, BA, CPC, certified professional coach with extensive experience as a senior program manager. Jacqueline has expertise in workforce development, organizational development and contract management. She is a cultivator and trainer of professionals in multiple sectors.  Jacqueline provides strategic consultation on LEADERVATION (gender-tailored programs, equity and diversity initiatives, and systems change processes).   Phelicia Jones MCP, Ms. Phelicia Jones is currently employed by San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as the Lead Rehabilitation Services Coordinator of Men Services; she recently was a part-time instructor for City College San Francisco in their Drug and Alcohol Certificate Studies Program. She is the Executive Director of Hope Preservation, Inc. a grassroots community organization. She is currently employed as a part-time therapist for Federal Parolees. She is considered as one of the new upcoming young leaders within Service Employees International Union Local 1021.
Published: January 15, 2020
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In collaboration with the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals (NEADCP) we hosted the third and final webinar of this series for individuals who wanted to learn more about MAT and its role in justice settings. This training opportunity focused on dealing with issues that a professional might encounter when handling patients with complex issues. The webinar focused on presenting a hypothetical and complex OUD court case based on factual data. The presenter explained how important life events are often not considered when conducting a comprehensive evaluation. The webinar concluded with an interactive open discussion. 
Published: September 26, 2019
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In collaboration with the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals (NEADCP) and the Opioid Response Network of New England (ORN), we developed a second webinar that focused primarily on the impact of stigma on drug court participation in MAT. We discussed common challenges facing patients within the criminal justice population, including criminal thinking, underlying trauma, and stigma. We also discussed stigma with regard to both MAT and the criminal justice population, with special attention to three types of stigma: self-stigma, social stigma, and institutional stigma, including the reluctance to be involved in providing MAT services from an institutional standpoint. Further, we discussed the efficacy of MAT in these populations, as well as existing barriers, and how these relate to the three above-mentioned types of stigma.  A major point of emphasis was that MAT is highly efficacious regardless of whether a patient has a history of criminal involvement.
Published: September 26, 2019
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In collaboration with the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals (NEADCP) and the Opioid Response Network of New England (ORN), we created a webinar series for individuals who wanted to learn more about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and its role in justice settings. The goal of this webinar was to familiarize professionals in the drug court system with opioid use disorder (OUD) as a disease and its effects. The webinar also explained how MAT works, answered the question “what is the ‘treatment’ in medication assisted treatment,” and examined why the science of OUD is important to effective treatment courts. Leading experts in the field were present to answer discussion questions.
Published: September 26, 2019
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“Recovery Community Support Programs” were originally funded by the federal government and offered peer-to-peer support in order to assist those in recovery find a place to be assessed and referred to supportive services critical to the sustainment of log-term recovery. Programs became a meeting place were the main goal was to support those in recovery in all their needs to secure continued sobriety. As these programs grew, they began to become indispensable particularly for those coming out of the criminal justice system. Like many new efforts in program methodologies the peer-to-peer efforts failed to gravitate to the Latino/Hispanic addiction treatment efforts. There are many cultural and historical reasons for this, but, despite the barriers, there have been a few communities that have broadened their addiction treatment program offerings to include recovery peer-to-peer efforts. This VLC session will explore the developmental conditions that make these programs possible, the service components of the programs and the linguistic and policy considerations that make, or, will make these programs culturally appropriate. Moderator: Ivette A. Torres, MEd., M.S., Former Associate Director for Consumer Affairs at the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Panelists:  Mr. Angel Galvez, BS, MAOL Mr. Javier H. Alegre, Community Advocate and Organizer Ms. Vera Fuertes Molina, CPS-AMH, CPS-AD
Published: September 16, 2019
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The May 2019 Dialogue, contains articles on: Addiction: co-occurring disorders and drug courts (#mentalhealthmonth); Mental Health: improving organizational effectiveness to better serve older adults (#olderamericansmonth); Prevention: preventing tobacco and vaping use among youth; ORN: drug court alumni support groups, and Region 3 Spotlight: SAMHSA's National Prevention Week. 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 on the first Tuesday of each month. You are encouraged to provide us with any feedback or submit articles and topics for discussion in future issues of the newsletter. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive the Dialogue and new and training announcements, sign up here.
Published: May 7, 2019
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This training provides information about the use of Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in the criminal justice system.
Published: April 9, 2019
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This program focuses on criminogenic risk factors, evidence-based practices and treatment planning that will identify and target behavioral interventions and facilitate positive outcomes for clients. The use of actuarial risk, needs, responsivity factors (RNR) and how to integrate assessments to deliver supervision treatment planning that impacts the client relationships will be discussed. During this workshop, the Criminal Thinking scales instrument used in predicting general offending will also be explored. Attention is given to evidence-based strategies that deal with the critical needs of clients and correlates with behavioral changes that reduce the risk of reoffending. The methods used to facilitate this training will be small group discussions, experiential exercises ad case studies.
Published: March 15, 2019
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This presentation by Professor Bronwyn Myers discusses the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training model in application to substance use disorders. Professor Bronwyn Myers is a Chief specialist scientist in the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Use Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. Professor Myers also serves as an Expert Technical Assistance Advisor for the South Africa HIV ATTC.
Published: September 20, 2018
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This presentation by Professor Katherine Sorsdahl discusses the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training model with applications in the South African context. Katherine Sorsdahl is a Professor and the Co-Director of the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. She also serves as Expert Curriculum Development Advisor for the South Africa HIV ATTC.
Published: September 20, 2018
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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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