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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
Print Media
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? View a list of frequently asked questions and answers from the Housing 101 session from the 6-session virtual housing learning community series!  Housing 101 Objectives: Discuss the philosophy of housing as an intervention for mental health and substance use disorders. Explain the variety and style of housing options. Summarize the best practices in supportive housing. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
Published: September 26, 2019
Multimedia
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) 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
Multimedia
Interoceptive dysfunction, or a lack of body/sensory awareness processing, is common among people with substance use disorders. This webinar, Reducing Relapse Risk by Increasing Body Awareness Skills: Practical Tips and Research Findings in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, described the importance of body awareness/interoceptive skills, using Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), for promoting emotion regulation and reducing risk of relapse using a mindfulness approach. Presented by Cynthia Price, PhD, Research Associate Professor, UW School of Nursing; Associate Research Director, UW Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Director, Center for Mindful Body Awareness Download slides | Watch recording
Published: September 25, 2019
Presentation Slides
The one-day workshop is designed to highlight and explore the needs of treatment professionals working with culturally diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.  The participants will learn about Health Disparities, Cultural Intelligence, CLAS Standards and proven techniques and strategies for engagement and improving outcomes.
Published: September 19, 2019
Multimedia
  The Danya Institute continues its collaborative efforts to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral health and primary healthcare workforce to provide evidence-based and promising practices in the treatment and prevention of mental health and substance use disorders. The Danya Institute manages SAMHSA-funded Region 3 Technology Transfer Centers: Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Central East Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Each center's director will provide an overview of their missions and goals. The TTCs are committed to helping the workforce achieve meaningful and lasting changes in policies, programs, and practices that will enhance services and improve outcomes for individuals and their families who have, or are at risk of developing, a behavioral health condition. In part, this is accomplished by providing no cost, individualized, locally-driven training and technical assistance (T/TA) to enhance the delivery of behavioral health prevention, treatment and recovery support services. OBJECTIVES: Orient attendees to the technology transfer model Inform attendees of T/TA opportunities Educate attendees of the process to request T/TA Inform attendees of joining an Advisory Boards Provide a Q/A forum to answer questions regarding your T/TA needs This webinar was made in collaboration between the Central East ATTC, the Central East MHTTC, and the Central East PTTC
Published: September 18, 2019
Multimedia
“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
Multimedia
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 2, participants will be able to: Define the family first philosophy as it relates to housing as an intervention. Identify special considerations in supportive housing for women and children with their families, and transitional youth. Determine key community partners to engage in supportive housing for families and transitional youth. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
Published: September 13, 2019
Presentation Slides
During this last installment of the webinar series three presenters will discuss change management strategies for successfully implementing these evidence-based practices. Todd Molfenter, Ph.D., provides an overview on how implementation science informs successful uptake of EBPs. Bryan Hartzler, PhD., presents tips for community-based implementation of contingency management. Denna Vandersloot, M.Ed, shares lessons learned from implementation efforts involving the Matrix Model of treatment.
Published: September 12, 2019
Presentation Slides
The second installment of Great Lakes/Northwest ATTC webinar series features a panel of providers presenting their experiences with effective treatment strategies and evidence-based practices for working with individuals with stimulant use disorders. Section 1: Treating Individuals with Stimulant and Opioid Use Disorders – Evergreen Treatment Center in Seattle, WA. K. Michelle Peavy, Ph.D., of Evergreen Treatment Services addresses challenges and strategies of working with individuals with comorbid opioid use and stimulant use disorders. Section 2: Implementing Contingency Management: Lessons Learned from VA’s National Implementation Initiative. Dominick DePhilippis, Ph.D., presents on use of contingency management in the VA system. Section 3: Using the MATRIX Model to treat stimulant disorders in a FQHC setting. Regina Fox, LSW, CSAC, will discuss use of the Matrix Model of treatment in a community-based treatment organization. Download the FAQ Sheet 
Published: September 12, 2019
Presentation Slides
Part 1 of the Great Lakes ATTC/NW ATTC 3-part webinar series provides an overview of stimulant (cocaine and methamphetamine) use in the U.S. Presenter Rick Rawson, Ph.D., will discuss: 1. The extent and geography of stimulant use.  2. Clinical syndromes produced by acute and chronic stimulant use; s.trategies for addressing acute intoxication, withdrawal, and stimulant-induced psychosis.  3. Effective behavioral treatments for stimulant use disorders.  4. The status of pharmacotherapy research on treatments for stimulant use disorders.  5. Vulnerable populations, including the problem of stimulant use by individuals in medication treatment for opioid use disorder.
Published: September 12, 2019
Toolkit
The Opioid Response Network and Mid-America ATTC have partnered to produce the Perinatal Provider Toolkit. It is a centralized online reference to help health care providers quickly access reputable resource information on perinatal substance use for patient treatment and education. The toolkit is for any member of the healthcare team serving pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders (SUD). Resources are organized into healthcare provider guidance and patient education tools that providers can use to explain the health effects of perinatal substance use to their patients. Resources cover the full spectrum of substances, including alcohol, opioids, marijuana, methamphetamine, tobacco, and others.
Published: September 12, 2019
Multimedia
The body of work of peer support programs targeting youth is heavily focused on mental health models involving young adult peer mentors. In Connecticut, for example, some work has taken place involving youth 18-25 with mental illness and/or substance use disorder issues where peers provide support and hope to other young adults with these conditions. In 2017, SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health noted a rise in the lifetime illicit drug use among Latino-Hispanic youth 12-17 and 18-25 from the previous year (2016). For 12 to 17-year old’s the percentage rose from 23.2 percent of youth in 2016 to 24.6 percent of all Latino-Hispanic youth in 2017. Similarly, for 18 to 25-year old’s, the percentage of lifetime used of illicit drugs rose from 51.1 percent in 2016 to 54.7 percent in 2017. It is therefore important to explore the options of addressing these rising rates through peer support models targeting Latino-Hispanic youth and young adults. 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: Ms. Ana Martinez Gaona, YCPS Ms. Juanita Aniceto Vera Mr. John Johnston Ms. Solmaira Trujillo
Published: September 12, 2019
Multimedia
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support recovery. It reminds us that mental and substance use disorders affect us all and that we are all part of the solution. The observance highlights inspiring stories to help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and personal growth. To celebrate Recovery Month, Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) have partnered to produce Recovery Story Podcasts to share the inspiring recovery journeys of people in our region. Podcasts can be streamed online or downloaded to your phone or tablet for streaming on your preferred podcast app. Click here to listen.
Published: September 10, 2019
Multimedia
Our Recovery Month 2019 Podcast features an interview with Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands.  In this podcast, Mark discusses the many pathways to recovery in African-American communities. 
Published: September 5, 2019
eNewsletter or Blog
The September 2019 Dialogue features: Addiction: National Recovery Month | Mental Health: Learning Collaboratives | Prevention: Prescription Opioid and Heroin Awareness | ORN: LGBT+ Long-term Recovery | Region 3 Spotlight: Recovery Stories of Shirley J. Davis and Kathy Dorman. 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 news and training announcements, sign up here.           Recovery Stories: In this month's newsletter, two special and brave guest contributors shared their recovery stories for Recovery Month.   Shirley J. Davis For many years, I ran from the realities of my past life and tried extremely hard to hide from the knowledge that I continually lost time and felt like “someone else,” until the winter of my thirtieth year. I went to bed one night and as soon as I turned off the light to go to sleep, I relived a horrible memory of rape. I immediately turned the lights back on and lay shivering in my bed waiting for daylight. It was then that I knew I had to get help. Continue reading Shirley's story.     Kathy Dorman I’m so grateful to be a recovering addict, to still be alive to give others hope, because I remember the life of hopelessness. My passion is to reach children and young adults who may feel hopeless or peer pressured into trying drugs. As a child, I was surrounded by family and friends who were caught in the disease of addiction. I tell people, yes, I may have had a choice, but literally I had no chance, at least that’s how I felt. Continue reading Kathy's story.
Published: September 3, 2019
Multimedia
During this last installment of the webinar series three presenters will discuss change management strategies for successfully implementing these evidence-based practices. The first two installments of the series focused on effective treatment strategies and models for addressing stimulant use disorders. During this webinar, three presenters will discuss change management strategies for successfully implementing these evidence-based practices. Todd Molfenter, Ph.D. will provide an overview on how implementation science informs successful uptake of EBPs. Bryan Hartzler, PhD. will present tips for community-based implementation of contingency management. Denna Vandersloot, M.Ed will share lessons learned from implementation efforts involving the Matrix Model of treatment.
Published: September 3, 2019
Multimedia
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 1, participants will be able to: Discuss the philosophy of housing as an intervention for mental health and substance use disorders. Explain the variety and style of housing options. Summarize the best practices in supportive housing. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
Published: September 1, 2019
Multimedia
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
Multimedia
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 and families affected by the opioid crisis. OBJECTIVES: Highlight the enhanced CLAS Standards that contribute to positive health outcomes for all Americans Increase awareness of the Healthy People 2020 leading indicators and the Opioid Epidemic Understand the domestic and societal impacts of the Opioid Epidemic and the growing harm of opioid misuse Review a toolkit of critical steps to address this epidemic: the most effective way to treat those who are at-risk identifying high-risk members models of compassionate care the role and responsibilities of health providers   PRESENTERS: JACQUELINE COLEMAN MEd, MSM, BA, CPC Certified Professional Coach   DIANE MARIE JONES LICSW, LCSW-C Owner of Next Level Therapeutics Interventions, LLC
Published: August 14, 2019
Multimedia
The second installment of the webinar series featured a panel of providers presenting their experiences with effective treatment strategies and evidence-based practices for working with individuals with stimulant use disorders.  Section 1: Treating Individuals with Stimulant and Opioid Use Disorders – Evergreen Treatment Center in Seattle, WA. K. Michelle Peavy, Ph.D. of Evergreen Treatment Services addressed challenges and strategies of working with individuals with comorbid opioid use and stimulant use disorders. Section 2: Implementing Contingency Management: Lessons Learned from VA’s National Implementation Initiative. Dominick DePhilippis, Ph.D. described use of contingency management in the VA system. Section 3: Using the MATRIX Model to treat stimulant disorders in a FQHC setting. Regina Fox discussed use of the Matrix Model of treatment in a community-based treatment organization.
Published: August 9, 2019
Multimedia
Methamphetamine use is increasing in the wake of the opioid crisis, particularly in the Western United States. This webinar, presented by Sara Glick, PhD, of the University of Washington School of Medicine, describes current trends across our four-state region (WA, OR, ID, AK), including methamphetamine use among people who inject drugs, health consequences like recent HIV outbreaks, non-fatal and fatal overdose, and treatment interest and options. Sara Glick is a Research Assistant Professor at the UW School of Medicine.
Published: July 31, 2019
Multimedia
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 victims and survivors of the human trafficking. OBJECTIVES: Highlights of the enhanced CLAS Standards that contribute to positive health outcomes for clients Understand the distinctions between victims, survivors, and thrivers Identify risk factors for victims and survivors of human trafficking Understand the barriers to engagement How to assess your agency and community service PRESENTERS: JACQUELINE COLEMAN MEd, MSM, BA, CPC Certified Professional Coach     BRYTTANI DEBRO M.P.A Change Agent for the Voiceless
Published: July 31, 2019
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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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