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American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry’s 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium

Published: 10/23/2019
Exciting things are happening at American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry’s (AAAP) 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium this year in San Diego, CA. AAAP is offering two Pre-Conference courses: Advanced Addiction Psychopharmacology, and Addictions and Their Treatment. These two courses will immerse you into a world of clinical knowledge that will help you improve your […]
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Recovery Month: Reflections on 30 Years

Published: 09/30/2019
Since beginning in 1989, SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month has celebrated the millions of Americans who have achieved recovery from a substance use or mental health disorder. It’s also a month to shine a light on the hard work of those who work in treatment and recovery services. Here, treatment professionals and researchers reflect on how […]
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National Recovery Month 2019: ATTC Resources Address Treatment and Recovery in Diverse Populations

Published: 09/13/2019
By Maureen Fitzgerald  Great Lakes ATTC  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) first launched National Recovery Month in September 1989 to celebrate the millions of Americans living in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Over the past 30 years, National Recovery Month has promoted the message that treatment works, people […]
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The Role of Spirituality and Faith in the Treatment and Healing of SUDs

Published: 08/15/2019
Dawn Tyus, LPC, MAC, NCC Director, Southeast ATTC Celene Craig, MPH, MS Over the past decade, there has been an emphasis on addressing the acute alcohol and drug addiction crisis in the United States. In 2016, more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S., a 21.5% increase from 2015. As of 2018, 20.1 […]
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NIATx Principle #2: Fix Key Problems (And Help the CEO Sleep at Night)

Published: 08/02/2019
Mat Roosa, LCSW-R NIATx Coach The NIATx model is driven by five principles that research has shown to be the hallmarks of successful improvement projects. These five principles emerged from an analysis of decades’ worth of research that gathered data from 640 organizations in 13 industries, examining 80 factors on why certain projects fail while […]
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Hepatitis C (HCV) Current Initiative Prepares New Trainers

Published: 07/23/2019
Meet the Trainer: Jess Draws Maureen Fitzgerald Great Lakes ATTC Back/Middle Row from left: Cindy Christy, Erin Winstanley, Joe McAdams, Kurt Begaye, Brian Hartzler, Hannah Eckes, Jace Dyckman, Lucas Piper, Diana Padilla (master trainer), Ed Johnson, Chris Harsell, Grant Hovik, Al Hasson, Maxine Henry, Robert Peralta, Holly Hagle, Robert Jope Front row from left: Tammy […]
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AMERSA Conference: Reflecting back on 2018 highlights and looking ahead to this year's conference

Published: 07/09/2019
Claire Anne Simeone, DNP, FNPMatthew Tierney, RN, MSN, NP Shannon Mountain-Ray, LICSWScott E. Hadland, MD, MPH, MS AMERSA (The Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction) held its 42nd annual conference at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco on November 8-11, 2018, with sponsorship support from the ATTC Network […]
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The 5 NIATx Principles: Principle #4 — Get ideas from outside the organization or field

Published: 06/17/2019
Mat Roosa, LCSW-R NIATx Coach When a substance use disorder clinic is struggling to engage and retain clients, we might understand why they would reach out to a more successful clinic for assistance. But what about asking a hotel or an amusement park? Many industries, especially in the health and human service sector, have remained […]
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The South Southwest ATTC Consortium of Higher Education Institutions

Published: 05/28/2019
Maureen Nichols Director, South Southwest ATTC In 1993, the South Southwest ATTC formed an educational consortium of community colleges across Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) to impact the quality of clinical addiction care by enhancing academic preparation for new counselors entering the addictions treatment field and to support the recruitment and […]
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Welcome to the New National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Published: 05/14/2019
Pierluigi Mancini, Phd, MAC Director, National Hispanic and Latino ATTC National Hispanic and Latino ATTC Welcome to the New National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center, (National Hispanic and Latino ATTC) the latest member of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center network (ATTC). The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA), the grant recipient, was established […]
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Great Lakes ATTC: Process Improvement Focus Helps Organizations Implement Evidence-Based Practices

Published: 05/01/2019
Todd Molfenter, Ph.D. Director, Great Lakes ATTC The mission of the ATTC Network includes “accelerating the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and promising addiction treatment and recovery-oriented practices and services.” At the Great Lakes ATTC, we’re applying our background in implementation science and process improvement to help accelerate the adoption and implementation of EPBs in […]
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Why Understanding and Involving the Customer Matters in Behavioral Health

Published: 04/26/2019
Mat Roosa, LCSW-R NIATx Coach Treatment organizations continue to face the challenge of improving access to and retention in treatment. NIATx (originally known as The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment) was developed specifically to help treatment providers make simple, powerful changes that can improve service delivery. NIATx is based on five principles. The […]
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ECHO-CMU for ATTC 25th Anniversary: SEA-HATTC’s expansion of new learning strategies

Published: 04/17/2019
Behavioral health is a major problem while ongoing health workforce shortage is global issue. SEA-HATTC signed MOU with Missouri Telehealth Network, University of Missouri for utilization of ECHO® model and software to conduct virtual clinics via multi-point videoconferencing also extend behavioral healthcare knowledge and tele-consultation to primary care and community hospitals in the upper northern […]
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Workplace Learning: Helping Practitioners Work Wiser

Published: 04/10/2019
Nancy Roget, Joyce Hartje & Terra Hamblin  CASAT, University of Nevada Reno  Pacific Southwest ATTC After 25 years of conducting training workshops, translating research into bite-size pieces for curricula or stand-alone products, and creating opportunities for performance feedback to enhance skill development, the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTCs) are ‘upping their game’ to offer novel […]
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Trainer Development Efforts to Build a Competent Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Workforce in the Pacific Jurisdictions

Published: 04/03/2019
Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH Co-Director, Pacific Southwest ATTC In the 2012-17 funding cycle, the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Pacific Southwest ATTC) region was expanded to encompass HHS Region 9. Formerly serving only California and Arizona, the Pacific Southwest ATTC now also serves Nevada, Hawaii, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated […]
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Northwest ATTC & Tri-County Behavioral Health Providers Association Motivational Interviewing Teaching & Coaching Collaborative

Published: 03/27/2019
March 27, 2019 Meg Brunner, MLIS Northwest ATTC Motivational interviewing (MI) is the number one training request the Northwest ATTC receives from our region. Providers are embracing this evidence-based practice and, at the same time, are also struggling to access training and on-going coaching to promote staff proficiency. The challenge leaders report is: how do […]
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Improving Substance Use Prevention and Treatment: International Efforts

Published: 03/19/2019
March 20, 2019 Kim Johnson Executive Director ICUDDR  Did you know that there is an international effort to improve the quality of substance use prevention and treatment through workforce and infrastructure development? The Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) supports a series of efforts in developing countries to do […]
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The Healing of the Canoe: Community Pulling Together

Published: 03/14/2019
March 14, 2019 Meg Brunner, MLIS Northwest ATTC  The Healing of the Canoe began as a collaborative project between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington, now the home of the Northwest ATTC.  Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam identified the prevention of […]
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Advancing Family-Centered Care for Pregnant and Parenting Women

Published: 03/04/2019
Pat Stilen, MSW Co-Director Sarah Knopf-Amelung, MA-R Kate Mallula, MPH, LMSW Mid-America ATTC March 5, 2019 As former director of a women’s treatment program in Nebraska, Mid-America ATTC Co-Director Pat Stilen saw firsthand the importance of family in mothers’ recovery journeys. She also recognized that family-centered care was the exception rather than the standard of […]
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Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promoting Tools for Successful Recovery

Published: 02/22/2019
February 25, 2019 Pat Stilen, MSW Co-Director, Mid-America ATTC Kansas City, home to the Mid-America ATTC at the University of Missouri Kansas City A decade ago, few people knew about the array of medications available to support persons in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). In the judicial and corrections arenas, if persons coming into jails […]
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Allying with Peru to Integrate LGBT-Affirming Practices

Published: 01/24/2019
Kim-Monique Johnson Diana Padilla Edgar Vargas Northeast and Caribbean ATTC January 24, 2019 “This is the first time I have ever discussed LGBTQ health care with anyof my colleagues – it’s long overdue that we treat the LGTBQ community with dignity and respect. This is about humanity.”– Psychiatrist, SOGI Training Participant, Lima, Perú Diana Padilla, […]
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Scott County, IN: Where It's Cool to Be In Recovery

Published: 01/17/2019
February 4, 2019 Maureen Fitzgerald Great Lakes ATTC In spring 2015, the HIV outbreak caused by injection drug use in rural Scott County, Indiana, made headlines around the world. More than 200 cases were confirmed in the town of Austin, affecting one-fifth of its population of 4,200. This rural county faced multiple challenges in addressing […]
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Central East ATTC: Implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in Title X Family Planning Settings

Published: 01/15/2019
January 15, 2019 Shelly Miller Consultant, Central East ATTC Subject Matter Expert, Family Planning Over the past year, the Central East ATTC collaborated with the Region III, Title X Family Planning Program to integrate the SBIRT model for early intervention and treatment services for substance use disorder within reproductive health care centers. The goal is […]
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Pacific Southwest ATTC Launches 3-Year Implementation and Process Improvement Technical Assistance Capacity Initiative

Published: 01/07/2019
January 8, 2019 Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D. Pacific Southwest ATTC Facilitating patient change is a core essential skill of effective behavioral health care. Facilitating organizational change is a core essential element of implementing evidence-based practices and other practice improvement strategies designed to promote patient change. Beginning January 22-24, 2019, and continuing over the course of […]
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