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The New England ATTC, in partnership with RICARES, held the next monthly installment of the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction Reading Group series. We discussed a paper titled, “Hospitalizations for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders in Older Adults: Trends, Comorbidities, and Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity,” by Acevedo and colleagues. A summary of the discussion is available for download. 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 RICARES, held the next monthly installment of the Recovery Science and Harm Reduction Reading Group series. We discussed a paper titled, “Predictors of Retention and Drug Use Among Patients With Opioid Use Disorder Transferred to a Specialty "Second Chance" Methadone Program” by Moses and colleagues. A summary of the discussion is available for download.
Published: November 30, 2023
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    This webinar focuses on increasing knowledge among providers in the assessment and treatment of wounds as related to intravenous drug and xylazine use.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Explain opioid use disorder as a chronic illness. Increase level of comfort in the treatment and assessment of wound care as it relates to intravenous drug and Xylazine use. Share best practices for incorporating harm reduction philosophies and principles in the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).     TRAINERS:   Nicole Gastala, MD   Dr. Gastala is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Iowa. In her clinical role, she has developed and expanded MAR by mentoring new prescribers, precepting residents, and training clinicians within the Chicago and Illinois communities.  She has also focused on the development of a walk-in integrated behavioral health, addiction, and primary care program within her FQHC system. In January 2021, Dr Gastala joined the team at the Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division of IDHS as the medical director.     Michael Huyck, NP   Michael Huyck is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the UIH Mile Square Health Center and adjunct clinical assistant professor with the University of Illinois College of Nursing. His clinical role at Mile Square is focused on integrative substance use disorder treatment and primary care. His clinical interests involve decreasing barriers to addiction care, piloting evidenced based interventions to address problems specific to populations with SUD, and training future nurses to care for those experiencing addiction. He provides a full range of SUD treatment including buprenorphine and methadone within his practice. His current projects include wound care and ultrasound guided phlebotomy for people who inject drugs.     The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: November 29, 2023
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Please find the slides and the video for the Substance Use Disorder and the LGBTQ+ Community: Assessing the Impact of Compounded Stigma and Treatment Considerations on October 30 and November 6 from 1 pm - 2:30 (CST). Substance use is a complex issue that affects individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ+ community. Members of this community face unique challenges when seeking help for addiction. Stigma, shame, and a lack of family support can all make it difficult for LGBTQ individuals to access the resources they need to overcome substance use disorders. Additionally, growing anti-LBGTQ legislation can further exacerbate these issues, creating a hostile environment for individuals struggling with addiction.   Session 1: Click here to watch the video Session 2: Click here to watch the video Click the button above to download the slides Objectives: Educate Substance Use Disorder (SUD)  providers on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals with SUD Increase awareness of the compounded stigma and discrimination the LGBTQ+ community may experience Learn to provide effective and culturally competent treatment to the LGBTQ+ population   Presenter Information: Darla Belflower has worked in substance use disorder and behavioral health for over three decades. She started a training and consultation business in 2022. She is a member of The Missouri Behavioral Health Council’s Culture, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) Committee. She is also Vice Chair of the Kansas City Recovery Coalition and is active in the Kansas City Recovery Community. Being in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder inspired her to write her memoir, I Am Not Anonymous. She has also authored two booklets and is writing a workbook on Substance Use Disorder and Trauma that will be released in the spring of 2025. Ms. Belflower is a Clinically Licensed Social Worker in both Missouri and Kansas, a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Kansas, a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Missouri, a Certified Peer Specialist, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, a Certified Harm Reduction Specialist, and a trainer and educator of Narcan distribution. Darla and her wife live in Kansas City, Missouri, and enjoy spending time with their daughter. She is passionate about teaching and training so that others may learn how to help those most vulnerable individuals she has enjoyed working with. CEUs are pending. Please email Bree at [email protected] for any questions.
Published: November 2, 2023
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This FREE Virtual Learning Series is designed enhance education and training related to substance use disorders and to gain comprehensive knowledge and valuable insights into the world of addiction, focusing on four significant substances: alcohol, tobacco, opioids, and stimulants. This engaging and informative series has been designed to equip individuals, families, educators, and healthcare professionals with the tools they need to understand, prevent, and address substance abuse issues effectively. Whether you're seeking personal knowledge, professional development, or the tools to help someone in need, our Substance Abuse Virtual Learning Series offers a valuable opportunity to make informed choices and contribute to healthier, substance-free lives. Together, we can break the chains of addiction and create a brighter, healthier future for all. Join us in this transformative journey towards recovery and prevention. Module 1: Alcohol Use Disorder Screening and Treatment This module introduces Alcohol Use Disorder Screening and Treatment in the Latino population. Module 2: Tobacco Use Disorder Screening and Treatment This module introduces the Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorder in Latino Populations. Module 3: Opioid Use Disorder Screening and Treatment This module introduces the Screening and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Latino Populations. Module 4: Stimulant Use Disorder Screening and Treatment This module introduces Screening and Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder in Latino Populations.   Español Series de aprendizaje sobre el trastorno por consumo de sustancias Esta serie de aprendizaje virtual GRATIS está diseñada para mejorar la educación y la formación relacionadas con los trastornos por consumo de sustancias y para obtener conocimientos integrales y valiosos sobre el mundo de la adicción, centrándose en cuatro sustancias importantes: alcohol, tabaco, opioides y estimulantes. Esta serie atractiva e informativa ha sido diseñada para equipar a individuos, familias, educadores y profesionales de la salud con las herramientas que necesitan para entender, prevenir y abordar los problemas de abuso de sustancias de manera efectiva. Ya sea que esté buscando conocimiento personal, desarrollo profesional o las herramientas para ayudar a alguien necesitado, nuestra serie de aprendizaje virtual sobre abuso de sustancias ofrece una valiosa oportunidad para tomar decisiones informadas y contribuir a una vida más saludable y libre de sustancias. Juntos, podemos romper las cadenas de la adicción y crear un futuro más brillante y saludable para todos. Únase a nosotros en este viaje transformador hacia la recuperación y la prevención. Módulo 1: Detección y Tratamiento del Trastorno por Consumo de Alcohol . Este módulo presenta Detección y Tratamiento del Trastorno por consumo de Alcohol y Sustancias en la población Latina. Módulo 2: Detección y Tratamiento del Trastorno por el Uso del Tabaco Este módulo presenta el Tratamiento del Trastorno por Consumo de Tabaco en Poblaciones Latinas. Módulo 3: Detección y Tratamiento del Trastorno por el uso de opioides Este módulo presenta los Exámenes de detección y tratamiento del trastorno por consumo de opioides en poblaciones Latinas. Módulo 4: Detección y Tratamiento del Trastorno por el uso de Estimulantes Este módulo presenta Detección y tratamiento del trastorno por consumo de estimulantes en poblaciones Latinas.    
Published: September 29, 2023
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The risk of fatal overdose has changed significantly in recent years, most notably with the emergence of the illicit opioid fentanyl and the increasing prevalence of polypharmacy. In this webinar, presenters Michael Hite, MBA and Desislav Hite, MD discussed trends and patterns in overdose cases over the last 5 years, factors that can increase overdose risk including identifiable life events and mental health co-occurring conditions, and how different populations are affected across Region 10. They also discussed actionable interventions to enhance overdose safety including new medical devices and digital resources, harm reduction strategies, and collaboration with local community organizations. Download slides | View recording
Published: August 24, 2023
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The National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NHL ATTC) is proud to present the Opioid Crisis Emerging Trends Toolkit, a comprehensive resource designed to equip individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively respond to this ever-changing landscape. This toolkit brings together factsheets, podcasts, short videos, and expert insights, providing a roadmap for understanding, preventing, and treating opioid addiction. The resources are available in English and Spanish. We hope these resources are useful for you and for your healing process. Please share it with your family, friends, and colleagues. Stay safe, healthy, and remember we are all in this together. Thank you. ¡Gracias! This toolkit is also available in Spanish! Click Here to View Factsheets Naloxone Guide and Resources  This snapshot of information is intended to provide resources to individuals, parents, professionals, and providers on the importance of Naloxone use among Latinos in the United States. Download Here Xylazine 101: Xylazine Use and its Impact on Communities Across the United States This snapshot of information is intended to provide resources to individuals, parents, professionals, and providers on xylazine use and its impact on communities across the United States. Download Here Fentanyl Resource Factsheet for Providers This snapshot of information is intended to provide resources to individuals, parents, professionals, and providers on fentanyl use among Latinos in the United States. Download Here Stigma and Substance Use Disorder This snapshot of information is intended to inform individuals, parents, professionals, and providers of how the stigma around substance use disorder (SUD) impacts Hispanic & Latino populations in the US. Download Here Harm Reduction Awareness for Latino Communities This snapshot of information is intended to provide a quick resource to individuals, parents, professionals, and providers on Harm Reduction Awareness for the Latino population. Download Here   Webinar Unmasking the Crisis: Exploring Intentional Substance Use Disorder Overdoses Among the Hispanic/Latino Population – Q&A Understanding the Factors, Addressing the Crisis, and Promoting Resilience Download Here SUD Stigma, Treatment, and Recovery for Hispanic/Latinos The National Hispanic/Latino ATTC, WESTAT, the National Hispanic/Latino MHTTC, and Shatterproof as part of the Partnerships for Equity to Eliminate Behavioral Health Disparities for Hispanic/Latino communities are presented in a three-part virtual learning series. This series is designed to enhance education and information related to risk factors that contribute to substance use disorders (SUD) among Hispanic/Latino communities, particularly focused on opioids and Fentanyl. The importance of crisis intervention strategies and skills helps to mitigate the cultural nuances of treatment and recovery. Lastly, the presenter discusses stigma, the 3 different types of stigmas, and findings from the stigma index produced by Shatterproof. The training will provide Behavioral Health providers (CHW’s, promotores, project coordinators, social workers, family members, etc.) a knowledge-based approach to early intervention and SUD identification for Hispanic and Latino community members and their families. Download Here A Cultural Adaptation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT) for Working with Hispanic and Latinx Communities Culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies are the means to ensure respectful and responsive services that enhance effective outcomes for racial, ethnic, and other underserved communities in behavioral health care. As such, being culturally informed when conducting evidence-based (EB) practices such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT) can help Hispanic and Latinx clients reduce their substance use. SBIRT is an evidence-based practice that helps practitioners identify and intervene with people whose pattern of substance use puts them at risk for or are experiencing substance-related health and other psychosocial problems. The question is: How do we facilitate SBIRT without compromising the fidelity of the model while practicing culturally responsive care? This two-session webinar series reviews the current landscape of substance use and the benefits of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions that align with culturally and appropriate services standards, (CLAS). Further, the content informs on how a culturally informed framework can help meet the needs and enhance quality care among Hispanic communities at risk. Download Here Implications of the Opioid Crisis in the U.S. Latino Population This webinar discussed the implications of the opioid crisis in the Latino population in the US. It discussed the social and cultural factors that cause substance misuse in Latinos. Additionally, barriers to services and treatments are discussed, along with strategies on how to increase engagement and use of services. Download Here   Short Videos Harm Reduction In today’s video, we would like to discuss harm reduction and its importance and break down some of the stigma often associated with this topic. Download Here August is Overdose Awareness Month and International Overdose Awareness Day This month our National Hispanic and Latino ATTC and PTTC would like to support August’s Overdose Awareness Month and International Overdose Awareness Day, which takes place annually on August 31st. Download Here   Podcast Breaking the Silence: SUD and Stigma **DISCLAIMER: This episode talks about death and grief, and it may be upsetting to some listeners. ** In This English episode of Latinos Con Voz podcast, Christina Mancebo-Torres interviews Dr. Cristina Rabadan-Diehl, Associate Director for Clinical Trials at Westat, on the impact of stigma on individuals facing opioid use disorder and their families. Listen Here  
Published: August 18, 2023
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El Centro Nacional de Transferencia de Tecnología de Adicción Hispana y Latina (NHL ATTC) se enorgullece en presentar el Kit de Herramientas de Tendencias Emergentes de Crisis de Opioides, un recurso completo diseñado para equipar a las personas y las organizaciones con el conocimiento y las herramientas necesarias para responder eficazmente a este panorama en constante cambio. Este kit de herramientas reúne fichas, podcasts, videos cortos y conocimientos de expertos, proporcionando una hoja de ruta para comprender, prevenir y tratar la adicción a los opioides. Los recursos están disponibles en inglés y español. Esperamos que estos recursos sean útiles para usted y para su proceso de curación. Por favor, compártelo con tu familia, amigos y colegas. Algunos de estos productos están disponibles en Inglés y Portugués. Manténganse seguros, sanos, y recuerden que todos estamos juntos en esto. ¡Gracias! Thank you! Este kit de herramientas también está disponible en Inglés Factsheets Naloxona Guía y Recursos Esta reseña informativa tiene por objeto proporcionar recursos a personas, padres, profesionales, y proveedores sobre la importancia del uso de la Naloxona entre los Latinos en Estados Unidos. Descárgalo Aquí Xilazina 101: El uso de la Xilazina y Su Impacto en las comunidades de los Estados Unidos Esta reseña de información tiene por objeto proporcionar recursos a las personas, padres, profesionales y proveedores sobre el uso de la xilazina y su impacto en las comunidades de Estados Unidos Descárgalo Aquí Hoja Informativa Sobre el Fentanilo Para los Proveedores Esta síntesis de información tiene por objeto proporcionar recursos a las personas, los padres, los profesionales y los proveedores sobre el consumo de fentanilo entre los Latinos en los Estados Unidos. Descárgalo Aquí Creando Conciencia Sobre La Reducción De Daños En Las Comunidades Latinas Esta reseña tiene como objetivo proporcionar recursos a individuos, padres, profesionales y proveedores sobre cómo crear conciencia de la Reducción de Daños en la población Latina. Descárgalo Aquí   Webinar Comprendiendo la Crisis de Opioides en la Población Latina de los Estados Unidos: Implicaciones y Recomendaciones Este webinario discutió las implicaciones de la crisis de opioides en la población Latina en los Estados Unidos. Se discutieron los factores sociales y culturales que causan el abuso de sustancias en los Latinos. Además, se discuten las barreras a los servicios y tratamientos, junto con estrategias sobre cómo aumentar la participación y el uso de los servicios. Descárgalo Aquí   Short Videos La Reducción de Daño En el video de hoy, vamos a platicar sobre la reducción de daño y su importancia al igual que desbaratar el estigma que comúnmente acompaña a este tema. Descárgalo Aquí Agosto es el Mes de Concientización sobre Sobredosis y el Día International de Concientización sobre Sobredosis Nuestros Centros Nacionales Hispano y Latino ATTC y PTTC desean apoyar el Mes de Concientización de Sobredosis del mes de agosto y el Día Internacional de Concientización de Sobredosis, que tiene lugar anualmente el 31 de agosto. Descárgalo Aquí   Podcast Rompiendo el Silencio (Episodio en Español de Latinos Con Voz podcast) **OJO: Este episodio habla sobre la muerte y el dolor y puede ser molesto para algunos oyentes** Episodio en Español de Latinos Con Voz podcast. En este episodio Christina Mancebo-Torres entrevista a la Dra. Cristina Rabadan-Diehl, Subdirectora de investigaciones clínicas en Westat, sobre el impacto del estigma en personas enfrentando el trastorno por uso de opioides y sus familias. Escúchalo Aquí
Published: August 18, 2023
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This snapshot of information is intended to inform individuals, parents, professionals, and providers of the intersection between disability & Substance Use Disorder (SUD) among Hispanic/Latino populations in the US. Español - Discapacidad y Trastornopor Uso de Sustancias (TUS) El propósito de esta reseña informativa es informar alas personas, padres, profesionales y proveedores de la intersección entre la discapacidad y el Trastorno por Uso de Sustancias (TUS) en las poblaciones Hispanas/Latinas de los EE.UU.
Published: June 9, 2023
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This snapshot of information is intended to inform individuals, parents, professionals, and providers of how the stigma around Substance Use Disorder (SUD) impacts Hispanic & Latino populations in the US. Español - Discapacidad y Trastornopor Uso de Sustancias (TUS) El propósito de esta reseña informativa es informar a las personas, padres, profesionales y proveedores sobre como el estigma en torno a los Trastornos por el Uso de Sustancias (TUS) afecta a las poblaciones Hispanas y Latinas en los EE.UU.
Published: June 9, 2023
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Presenters: Maya Magarati, PhD, and Angela Gaffney, MPA (Seven Directions) Seven Directions (UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) is hosting the 2023 Our Nations, Our Journeys (ONOJ) conference June 27-29 in Minnesota, a biannual, in-person gathering of 300 tribal and urban Indian public and behavioral health practitioners, leaders, researchers, and Indigenous students focusing on healing from the opioid epidemic. This webinar, presented by Maya Magarati, PhD, and Angela Gaffney, MPA, will outline Seven Directions’ core visions and framework against a backdrop of ONOJ, discuss ways to appropriately engage with Indigenous communities, and spotlight (1) the development and implementation of an Indigenous Evaluation Toolkit for tribal public health programs, and (2) other opioid overdose prevention resources and communities of practice for tribal public health practitioners as facilitated by Seven Directions. Download slides | Watch recording    Webinar keyword: Specific populations
Published: June 8, 2023
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    DESCRIPTION: As the illicit opioid supply includes more and more fentanyl, there have been increasing concerns about increasing rates of buprenorphine initiation precipitating opioid withdrawal. This session will describe why we believe this is happening, how common it is, and buprenorphine initiation strategies to support patients in avoiding precipitated withdrawal.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe the challenges of buprenorphine initiation in the fentanyl era. Name three potential approaches to buprenorphine initiation. Counsel on reducing fentanyl-related harms.     TRAINER: Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the Program Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency and core Faculty for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Salisbury-Afshar is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine/public health and addiction medicine and her expertise lies at the intersection of these fields. Her work has focused on expanding access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction services. Past public health roles include serving as Medical Director of Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, Medical Director at Heartland Alliance Health (a healthcare for the homeless provider in Chicago), and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health. Dr. Salisbury-Afshar received her Medical Degree from Rush University Medical College and her Master’s in Public Health from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.     The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: April 20, 2023
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Presenter: Paul LaKosky, PhD, Executive Director, Dave Purchase Project, Tacoma, WA In this session, Dr. LaKosky presented a brief description of the evolution of Harm Reduction in the United States. He introduced some of the major players in the U.S. Harm Reduction movement and the impact of their actions on the lives of people who use drugs (PWUD). He also provided an overview of how he and his colleagues practice Harm Reduction at Dave Purchase Project/Tacoma Needle Exchange. Download slides | Watch recording  
Published: April 12, 2023
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This snapshot of information is intended to provide resources to individuals, parents, professionals, and providers on xylazine use and its impact on communities across the United States. Español Xilazina 101: El uso de la Xilazina y Su Impacto en las comunidades de los Estados Unidos Esta reseña de información tiene por objeto proporcionar recursos a las personas, padres, profesionales y proveedores sobre el uso de la xilazina y su impacto en las comunidades de Estados Unidos
Published: April 7, 2023
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    DESCRIPTION:  In this webinar, Dr. Ryan Westergaard will review the epidemiology of HIV and Hepatitis C infection among people who use drugs. He will discuss current and future approaches for addressing infectious disease risks as the epidemics of opioid and stimulant use continue to evolve, sharing research findings from the National Institutes of Health Rural Opioid Initiative.  With examples from community-based research conducted in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Midwest, Dr. Westergaard will illustrate how changes in injection drug use, policies around harm reduction services, and the COVID-19 pandemic influence communities’ vulnerability to HIV outbreaks and pose challenges to the national goal of viral hepatitis elimination.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Understand how changes in the epidemiology of opioid and methamphetamine use disorder have posed obstacles to the goals of ending the HIV epidemic. Recognize the potential impact of incorporating screening, linkage to care, and low-threshold treatment for hepatitis C infection in addiction treatment settings. Discuss a research agenda for a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to health and safety of people who inject drugs.       TRAINER: Dr. Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH, is a physician and epidemiologist, specializing in treatment and prevention for HIV and viral Hepatitis, with a special dedication to harm reduction among people who inject drugs. He is currently serving as Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases (DPH, DHS). This is in addition to his research and physician-faculty position at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health where he’s an Associate Professor of Medicine and an Infectious Disease Physician for UW Health. Holding these positions has paved the way for building bridges between the institutions and leverage the many resources of all to benefit the health and well-being of residents across Wisconsin.         The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: March 24, 2023
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There are thousands of people in recovery from addiction unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. The ADA insures that people with addiction to alcohol, and in recovery from opioids and other drugs have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Find out how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders differently. This session will also introduce how the ADA applies to addiction in three phases of employment: pre-offer, post-offer, and employment. These differences will be illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine, and marijuana. Learning Objectives: Understand the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery. Distinguish how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol and those in recovery from opioids and other drugs. Learn which protections the ADA provides in access to employment, state and local government services, and places of public accommodations. Who is encouraged to attend? Clinicians, providers, administrators, and leadership are highly encouraged to participate to learn more about ADA protection rights.   Additional Resources ADA Webinar Handouts   Presenter: Oce Harrison, Ed.D. Dr. Harrison is the Project Director at the New England ADA and has directed the New England ADA Center since 2001. Dr. Harrison provides ADA, Addiction and Recovery trainings throughout New England.  She has presented at SAMHSA’s New England Addiction Training and Technology Center; the National Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) 2019 annual Conference; Massachusetts Organization for Addiction and Recovery (MOAR); and in 25 city and town meetings in Massachusetts on behalf of family support chapters of Learn to Cope. She led the ADA National Networks’ ADA, Addiction and Recovery Committee which has produced a fact sheet series on how the ADA addresses addiction and recovery. Dr. Harrison is known for her initiation, follow-through skills and congeniality. Before coming to the New England ADA Center, Dr. Harrison worked with organizations such as: the Boston Self Help Center, Mass General Hospital’s Burn Unit, Perkins School for the Blind, Casa Esperanza, and the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children’s Hospital. She earned her doctorate at Boston University’s School of Education in 1994. Oce is a person living with a disability.
Published: March 17, 2023
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This FREE 2-part virtual learning series was designed to enhance education and training related to the pre and post migration risk factors that contribute to substance use disorders (SUD) among Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth and provides screening, intervention, and referral to treatment tools to non-clinical professionals working with this population. The series addresses research data related to SUD in Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth, introduces basic alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATODA) training, focuses on the early identification and prevention of behavioral, and emotional problems, as well as identifying signs and symptoms of co-occurring mental health issues. The series also provides information on assessing early signs and symptoms of SUD and highlights the importance of basic parenting/caregiver supervision and monitoring for those caring for unaccompanied immigrant youth. Lastly, the presenters will discuss developmental and SUD related issues, and introduces a culturally adapted approach to delivering Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth. At the end of the 2-part virtual learning series, non-clinical professionals will have reviewed the dynamics of facilitating a culturally responsive SBIRT intervention in preventing, eliminating substance use, and supporting healthy adjustment and wellbeing in Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth. Session 1: Early Identification of Pre and Post Migration Risk Factors of Substance Use Disorders in Hispanic/Latino Youth Date: December 1st, 2022 Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm MST/ 2:00pm-3:30pm ET   View Presentation Download Presentation Handouts Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: Understand basic ATODA use and abuse data as it relates to the general population compared to Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth Assess and identify pre and post migration trauma in early identification and co-occurring issues in relation to substance use in the Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth Assess behavioral and emotional problems in early identification and prevention of substance use in Hispanic/Latino immigrant youth Identify parenting related issues to promote positive parenting skills in the prevention of substance use in the Hispanic/Latino youth population   Session 2: A Migration Informed Context for Delivering Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Hispanic/Latino Immigrant Youth Date: January 12th, 2023 Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm MST/ 2:00pm-3:30pm ET   View Presentation Download Presentation Handouts Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: List migration related experiences that impact development and coping with immigrant youth Define cultural bereavement and its correlation with substance use Describe components of, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT) Identify opportunities for cultural adaptations with SBIRT with immigrant youth Identify factors of a culturally responsive rapport and engagement for screening List benefits of the person-centered approach using core skills of motivational interviewing in a brief intervention interaction List cultural considerations for a referral to treatment and language conducive terminology   About the Presenters Richard Cervantes, Ph.D. Dr. Cervantes is Research Director of Behavioral Assessment, Inc. Dr. Cervantes was a Research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center and held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes is Co-Investigator on the Duke University, NIH Supported “Ser Hispano” study on acculturation stress and biomarkers. He was also the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded study, “Development of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-2” and PI on the recently completed the NIH drug prevention study “Familia Adelante: A multi risk Prevention Program for Hispanic Youth”. Dr. Cervantes is also a leader in evaluation science with special expertise in cultural competency and cross-cultural instrument development. He is the lead evaluator for the SAMHSA Hispanic and Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs). He has published extensively in peer review journals, books, and special reports. He is on the editorial board for the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences and sits on a number of national, local and university based advisory boards. Dr. Cervantes received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University.   Diana Padilla, CLC, CARC, CASAC-T Diana Padilla, RCR, CASAC-T, is Research Project Manager at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Division of Substance Use Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center. Ms. Padilla provides intensive technical assistance in two organizational capacity-building initiatives; the implementation of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), and the integration of Equity and Inclusion strategies to improve service delivery and address behavioral health disparities for marginalized communities. Both projects are facilitated for the Northeast and Caribbean Technology Transfer Center (NeCATTC), HHS Region 2. Ms. Padilla also Chairs the National Committee on Behavioral Health Equity & Inclusion committee for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The working group focuses on disseminating the application of CLAS standards and other related topics and technical assistance initiatives to help organizations address disparities in behavioral health care. Ms. Padilla is also a Senior Trainer with more than 23 years of public health service, instructing behavioral health practitioners, prevention specialists and drug court professionals on addictions and recovery supporting best practices.
Published: December 7, 2022
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Throughout the month of September 2022, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare in partnership with Recovery Idaho, Idaho Harm Reduction Project, and the Northwest ATTC hosted a series of online webinars titled “Recovery is Health, Health is Recovery." During the series, presenters discussed a range of topics relating to transmissible disease, treatment and precautionary measures, as well as harm reduction practices. September 22, 2022 Presenter: Evan Burke, Idaho Harm Reduction Project In this session, Evan Burke will provide an overview of harm reduction informed practices that can be incorporated into an individual’s drug use to reduce their risk of overdose. Read more about this session and its presenter. Watch the recording | Download slides
Published: November 3, 2022
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Throughout the month of September 2022, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare in partnership with Recovery Idaho, Idaho Harm Reduction Project, and the Northwest ATTC hosted a series of online webinars titled “Recovery is Health, Health is Recovery." During the series, presenters discussed a range of topics relating to transmissible disease, treatment and precautionary measures, as well as harm reduction practices. Part 1: September 7, 2022 Presenters: Evan Burke (Idaho Harm Reduction Project) and Norma Jaeger (Recovery Idaho) In this session, Evan Burke offered a brief overview of the data on opioid overdose in Idaho and the response to it by government and community-based organizations. Burke also covered how to recognize and respond to an overdose and provide guidance about harm reduction informed practices. Norma Jaeger talked about the RxAware Program, which will address risks associated with opioids and pain management. Read more about this session and its presenters.  Watch the recording | Download slides | RxAware toolkit | RxAware flyer
Published: October 26, 2022
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This presentation reviewed the philosophy of harm reduction as an intervention for substance use disorder and will examine the trajectory of harm reduction programming in Idaho since the legalization of syringe services in 2019.  A few learning objectives:  Be able to identify multiple forms of harm reduction as it pertains to a variety of potentially risky behaviors. Be able to reframe substance use from a harm reduction model. Be able to identify the benefits of a syringe service program and other harm reduction interventions to an individual and a community. Increase knowledge about the implementation and growth of harm reduction programs in Idaho. About the presenter: Marjorie Wilson, LMSW, MPH, is the Executive Director and co-founder of Idaho Harm Reduction Project (IHRP). IHRP is a drug user health program offering a syringe service program, naloxone distribution program, and HIV/HCV testing. Since 2019, IHRP has served the whole state through its mail-based services and has distributed supplies into all of Idaho's 44 counties. Download slides | Watch recording
Published: October 24, 2022
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La falta de aceptación puede interferir con los atentos de ampliar el uso de tratamientos asistidos por medicamentos (TAM) para los trastornos por consumo de sustancias (TCS). Las Hojas Informativas de TAM ofrecen estrategias para generar apoyo para esta práctica basada en evidencia.  Hoja Informativa #1: Asegurando la Aceptación              Hoja Informativa #2: Reduciendo el Riesgo de Uso Indebido y la Desviación              Hoja Informativa #3: Abogando por las Medicamentos 
Published: September 14, 2022
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Lack of buy-in can interfere with attempts to expand use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders. These three fact sheets offer strategies to build support for this evidence-based practice.  MAT Fact Sheet #1: Securing Buy-in            MAT Fact Sheet #2: Reducing Risk of Misuse and Diversion          MAT Fact Sheet #3: Making the Case for Medication
Published: September 14, 2022
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Through the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign, the DEA is bringing awareness to the dangers of fentanyl, the threat of fake pills, and resources to keep people safe. The overarching goal was to provide participants with information about the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign and review a best practice communication strategy so participants felt confident in both their knowledge of the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign and in their ability to communicate it with others.   Learning Objectives Gain knowledge on the dangers of fentanyl Describe 3 key messages of the "One Pill Can Kill" awareness campaign Be familiar with resources to support the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign Review a best-practice communication strategy for sharing information Speakers Sean T. Fearns serves as the Chief of Community Outreach and Prevention Support for DEA since 2015.  In this capacity, Sean is responsible for guiding a diverse and creative staff to develop and implement strategic national partnerships with other organizations which help educate the public on the current drug threats facing the country, support the DEA field divisions, implement DEA’s Operation Engage, communicate key administration drug prevention messages, and help reduce the demand for those drugs.       Alex Waitt, MS, MSEd, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and the Co-Project Director for the Central East ATTC where he is responsible for the programmatic and administrative coordination of all training and technical assistance for the CE ATTC Region. He is the spokesperson and liaison to stakeholders and supports the development of other training and workforce initiatives.           RESOURCES One Pill Can Kill DEA Campaign Webinar slides This webinar was provided by the Central East ATTC. The Central East ATTC is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and managed by the Danya Institute.
Published: September 13, 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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