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The Central East ATTC is committed to fostering a positive and affirming environment that acknowledges LGBTQ identities and realities. Though nearly every care provider expresses the intention of creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients, good intentions alone are not enough to maintain a practice free of prejudice, repair poor office forms and protocols, minimize microaggressions, and eradicate disrespect for the lived experiences of sexual and gender minority community members. When a member of any marginalized group enters your setting, they are scanning for potential threats, hazards, and disappointments with their care as a reflexive gesture of self-protection. This factsheet provides an overview of indicators for creating safety and engagement techniques that can help build trust and reassurance for your LGBTQ clients. Download this factsheet to learn more.   To download the factsheet in English, please use the download attachment 1 on the right side of the page. 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
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    The Roadmap for Training and Technical Assistance Efforts in Substance Use Service Administration monograph (2019) was meant to serve as a guide for instituting and practically applying the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards across the areas of prevention, substance use disorder, and behavioral health. Join our long-time trainer and subject matter expert, Harold Gates, MSSW, CISW, HS-BCP, as we revisit these efforts and learn how to move DEI beyond good intentions to make a difference in the lives of an ever-growing and diverse client population. In order to do this, we should approach the topic with the “fierce urgency of now,” to quote Dr. Martin Luther King. This webinar will start us off on a journey to do just that! We will be using Lily Zheng's DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right as a reference resource throughout this training.  “Instead of like a zero-sum game we all need to engage in DEI for collective learning, for collective growth. We are doing this work to get a greater understanding of how different populations experience the workplace. And to the extent that some populations are not being treated well, we're going to understand why and rectify those inequities because we really care about a workplace that's fair. That framing tends to really activate people.” Lily Zheng-DEI Deconstructed     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards. Describe one way the CLAS Standards can help you with your DEI initiatives. Share what are you trying to achieve through your DEI work Learn if your organization has done a CLAS or DEI assessment and used data to measure your success or opportunities for continuous improvement Describe stakeholder involvement in your DEI efforts. Understand what would the work look like when it’s done effectively     Save these Dates for the DEI Learning Collaborative where will dig deeper into Lily Zheng's DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right  An application will be available after the September webinar. Tuesday October 3 at 12-1pm Central Tuesday November 7 at 12-1pm Central Tuesday December 5 at 12-1pm Central Tuesday January 9 at 12-1pm Central     TRAINER: Harold Gates, MSSW, CISW, HS-BCP, President, Midwest Center for Cultural Competence, LLC Harold Gates is the president and co-founder of the Midwest Center for Cultural Competence, LLC, which was established in 2003. The Center provides training, education, and consultation for organizations that are seeking to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, with the goal of helping to create a culturally competent multicultural community.
Published: September 12, 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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Presenters: Sean Mahoney, Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon December 2022 It's one thing to believe in harm reduction but how do we actually have those conversations with people actively using substances? And what other things should we know about besides Narcan and clean needles? Peer and recovery mentor Sean Mahoney has been having these conversations for years and is excited to share his experience navigating these difficult conversations with safety, compassion and love. Mahoney has also seen how this conversation has changed over the years due to fentanyl, COVID and the emerging mental health crisis. Harm reduction for opioids and heroin for sure but also for meth, alcohol, benzos and beyond will be covered in this course as will the techniques and approaches to have a trauma informed conversation to let the people we serve know that their lives matter. Download slides | Watch recording
Published: December 15, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. The May 2022 issue features Mental Health Awareness month, the Counselor's Corner blog series, and a complete calendar of events. 
Published: April 25, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. The April 2022 issue features Alcohol Awareness month, the Counselor's Corner blog series, and a complete calendar of events. 
Published: April 25, 2022
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This three-part series will focus on the principles of harm reduction and its strategies to advance holistic services for individuals with substance use disorder (SUDs). Research indicates that harm reduction programs are evidence-based public health strategies designed to prevent overdose deaths, infectious disease, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancies, and injection drug use. For example, expanding access to naloxone for individuals using opioids is considered a harm reduction strategy. Specifically, this webinar series will include: an overview of the principles of harm reduction and their application in a harm reduction center; the importance of engaging law enforcement especially in rural areas and co-responder models; and a panel of experts discussing their expertise in offering harm reduction strategies in their service delivery as well as a consumer of harm reduction services.   Session One March 30, 2021, from noon to 1:00 MT, will feature Lisa Raville, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver, CO. Ms. Raville will provide an overview of the principles of harm reduction.   The learning objectives include: -An examination of the principles and evidence for the application of harm reduction strategies. -The role of harm reduction programs in eliminating stigma and shame. -Strategies to work cross-systems to advance harm reduction. -Data from a recent survey of healthcare workers.   Video Link Session Two April 13, 2021, from noon to 1:00 MT, will feature Chief Rick Brandt, Chief of Police in Evans, CO. Chief Brandt will provide content specific to engagement with law enforcement in harm reduction to include:  -Strategies to educate law enforcement on harm reduction in rural communities. -Content on how to implement harm reduction in a PD and the leadership strategies employed. -The role of law enforcement in working cross-system to prevent overdose deaths. -Application of co-responder models. Video Link   Session Three April 27, 2021, from noon to 1:30 MT, will feature a panel discussion to include the following panelists: (1) Lisa Raville, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center in CO, (2) Chris Harsell, ATTC Technical Trainer and Medical Director for Spectra Health in ND, (3) Gabriela Zapata-Alma, Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence and Substance Use for the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health in Chicago, Il, (4) and a consumer of harm reduction services. The focus will be on: -Responding to questions surrounding implementation strategies. -Community and consumer benefits of harm reduction services. -How harm reduction can be employed in any agency. Video Link
Published: April 27, 2021
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This series of posters is designed to help you promote awareness of your programs and services in your community! They can be customized by adding your logo, information, and adding a translation of the message in your own language.  These were designed by Jessamine Jackson from JBS International, a partner of the ATTC. 
Published: December 16, 2020
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On October 27, 2020, Region 8 SAMHSA Administrator, Dr. Charlie Smith, the Mountain Plains ATTC, the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center, TRACKTech, and the State of Colorado Office of Behavioral Health brought together Region 8 leaders, innovators, and change agents to: 1) discuss evidence-based behavioral health technology to prevent and treat behavioral health disorders; 2) highlight new innovations in behavioral health technology; 3) pinpoint challenges to behavioral health technology enactment; and 4) identify implementation strategies, resources, and partnerships that can advance evidence-based behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery across Region 8. This virtual event was five hours in length and featured twelve different speakers. A recording of the event with close-captioning will be available and posted on the MPATTC website.
Published: November 24, 2020
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  Recovery Happens in the Mountain Plains It is estimated that 22.35 million (9.1%) Americans are in recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD) (Kelly et al., 2017). Thirty-one years ago SAMHSA designated September as Recovery Month with the goal of changing the public face of recovery by educating Americans that SUD treatment and recovery support services help individuals live healthy and rewarding lives in their communities.  Recovery Month celebrates these millions of people in recovery from substance use and mental health issues, reminding us that behavioral health is an essential component to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can, and do, recover. Peer recovery support services and Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are designed to help individuals with substance use and mental health issues enter into and navigate systems of care and stay engaged in the recovery process.  Recovery Happens in the Mountain Plains was a series of virtual recovery support events created by participants and staff of RCOs located in the HHS Region 8 states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. With the support of the Mountain Plains ATTC, the events were conducted in September to "Celebrate Connections" with recovery events featuring speakers in recovery, live music from musicians in recovery, and an opportunity to learn more about how to connect with the RCOs in Region 8 including: Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness; Advocates for Recovery Colorado; Springs Recovery Connection; Face It Together; Recover Wyoming; and The Phoenix. The recovery support events were conducted virtually on September 14, 16, 17, and 21, 2020. Each event was recorded and is accessible for download below.     Recorded Sessions: Monday, Sept 14: Joseph Hogan-Sanchez, Faces & Voices of Recovery   Wednesday, Sept 16: Cuica Montoya, Colorado Village Collaborative   Thursday, Sept 17: We are CloudGang, The Movement of Musicians in Recovery   Monday, Sept 21: Sparrow Goudey, White Bison Wellbriety Movement   Recovery Happens in the Mountain Plains was in collaboration with:            
Published: September 14, 2020
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Chicago Street Outreach & Linkage to OUD Care During a Pandemic A case example of collaboration and innovation to reach vulnerable populations with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) during COVID-19. Recorded May 18th, 2020 Presented By: Elizabeth Salisbury, MD, MPH; Sarah Messmer, MD; Nicole Gastala, MD; Stephan Koruba, NP During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals who use opioids may be at high risk for withdrawal and/or overdose because of lack of income, disrupted drug markets, limited access to harm reduction services, and even more limited access to treatment services. This webinar will review the changes in regulation around buprenorphine initiation during this national emergency, the loosening of telehealth requirements, and provide a case example of how one street outreach team has partnered with a community-based clinic to allow individuals who are experiencing homelessness to receive access to buprenorphine treatment during the national emergency.     Transcript_Chicago Street Outreach & OUD Care During Pandemic_05_18_20.pdf
Published: May 22, 2020
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This guide book is designed for leadership in a trauma-informed care initiative or a ROSC transformation—maybe in an organization, in a whole system, or in a whole community.   A Challenge to Leadership has 8 sections. Each section has a set of “action notes,” which are basically workbook tools.  The Action Notes can be used to start a planning process for a change team or a transformation team.      
Published: October 28, 2019
Presentation Slides
This slide deck provides a brief overview of the importance of using language that helps decrease stigma associated with substance used disorders (SUDs). The slide deck is designed to be used by academic faculty in behavioral health programs, trainers, behavioral health providers, and state/county agency staff members for a variety of audiences. Each slide has notes for the presenter to provide guidance as necessary. References are included on each slide and in the notes. If you require further information on this topic, please contact the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC). You are free to use these slides and pictures but please give credit to the MPATTC when using them by keeping the branding and referencing the ATTC at the beginning of your presentation.
Published: October 9, 2019
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Peer support workers are people who have been successful in recovery from physical or mental health challenges and who help others experiencing similar situations through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment. In this webinar, Michelle Marikos, PSS will share her story and how she became a peer for chronic pain. Her webinar will offer insight into what peers can do for the pain and opioid crisis. Presenter: Michelle Marikos, PSS, Certified Peer Support Specialist Download slides
Published: August 28, 2019
Interactive Resource
This one-hour, self-paced course on the HealtheKnowledge website is designed to equip peers and other outreach workers with information, resources, and practical tips to help them better understand opioids and their impact on individuals.  The course features four modules: Role of Peers in Recovery Opioids and the Brain Treatment Options Supporting Those Using Opioids Learn about effective treatment options and strategies for using person-centered care to engage people with opioid use disorder in their path to recovery. 1 NAADAC/NBCC CEU available!
Published: June 3, 2019
Presentation Slides
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
Presentation Slides
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
eNewsletter or Blog
Monthly electronic newsletter
Published: September 5, 2018
Curriculum Package
This Training Toolkit, originally developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service, prepares first responders and provides critical information in responding to overdose. TRANSLATED - RUSSIAN
Published: August 1, 2018
Presentation Slides
This presentation discusses strategies to identify South Africa HIV ATTC training and technical assistance offerings that meet stakeholder needs, particularly with mental health and substance use topics. We particularly focus on the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training model.
Published: July 28, 2018
Curriculum Package, Presentation Slides
Professional boundaries set the parameters of effective and appropriate interaction between professionals and the persons they serve. They protect clients or patients as well as the provider. This course will discuss professionalism and ethics, dual relationships, how to build a safe working environment and maintain professional boundaries that are essential for practice and achieving client goals.
Published: May 15, 2018
Presentation Slides
This presentation was created and delivered by Mr. Kgalabi Ngako, a National Department of Health representative for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Directorate. It discusses adopting Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) curriculum as a strategy to combat substance use disorders.
Published: May 9, 2018
eNewsletter or Blog
Monthly electronic newsletter featuring Great Lakes ATTC training events and other topics.
Published: May 1, 2018
Presentation Slides
This presentation discusses task shifting as a means of addressing severe mental illness. The presentation details two task shifting models supported by the South Africa HIV ATTC: (1) treatment partner (TP), psychoeducation, and m-health intervention; and (2) community health worker (CHW) mental health training intervention.
Published: March 23, 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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