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Responsible Gambling Programs

Published: 03/12/2018
March 13, 2017Christine ReillySenior Research DirectorNational Center for Responsible Gaming Warning messages on gaming machines. Self-exclusion programs. Programs to limit money and time spent gambling. These are just a few responsible gambling strategies in use around the world. Responsible gambling (RG) refers to programs that seek to prevent or reduce gambling-related harms. The impetus behind […]
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Winning Reads for Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Published: 03/02/2018
March 5, 2018 Maureen Fitzerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office/NIATx We've rounded up a few great resources to help you stay up-to-date on the latest in prevention, education, and treatment for problem gambling--not just during Problem Gambling Awareness Month, but year-round: 1. The Worldwide Addiction Gambling Addiction Report (WAGER): Special Series on Gambling Disorder.  Sign up for […]
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Everything you need to know about medications for treating opioid use disorders: SAMHSA TIP 63

Published: 02/20/2018
February 20, 2018 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office/NIATx Finding the most up-to-date information on how to support people with opioid use disorder (OUD) just got easier with the release of SAMHSA's  TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder.  An expert panel of researchers, policy makers, treatment providers, and others helped to develop TIP 63.  Research […]
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Understanding Substance Use Disorders: New online course covers the basics

Published: 02/06/2018
February 6, 2018 Heather Gotham, PhD Associate Research Professor Mid-America ATTC The newest course on HealtheKnowledge, Understanding Substance Use Disorders, is a collaborative effort between the UMKC-SBIRT Project (a SAMHSA-funded SBIRT health professions training grant; www.sbirt.care) and the Mid-America ATTC. Through UMKC-SBIRT we had several requests for a basic training on substance use disorders, as several […]
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SoberBowl II: Stealth recovery advocacy

Published: 01/29/2018
January 29, 2018 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office/NIAtx Tracy Abbott is Director of the ARK, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to producing alcohol-free entertainment events. In the fall of 2016, Houston was abuzz with excitement about Super Bowl 2017, which was held at Houston's NRG Stadium. Billboards and restaurants advertised the big game, with accompanying […]
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The Opioid Crisis: Community is Key to Addressing the Epidemic

Published: 01/18/2018
January 22, 2018 Holly Ireland, LCSW-CCo-Project DirectorCentral East ATTC  In the spirit of collaboration and given our proximity, the Central East ATTC has offered to attend relevant national policy activities in Washington, D.C. to represent the ATTC Network and to support us all in staying abreast of what's happening and assess any potential future impact […]
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New Year--New Web Accessibility Laws

Published: 01/05/2018
January 8, 2018 Kendra Barker, M.Ed. Instructional Designer – Specialist Collaborative to Advance Health Services University of Missouri - Kansas City | School of Nursing and Health Studies It’s that time when we start planning for the New Year: budgets, conferences, marketing materials, and more. As we ring in 2018, it's also time to be […]
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Hall of Fame--Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery

Published: 01/03/2018
January 3, 2018 This week, we are pleased to bring you the 2018 inductees into the Hall of Fame for the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery! We join the Online Museum in thanking these notable individuals for their important work and their contributions to the substance use disorder treatment and recovery […]
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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Published: 12/27/2017
December 27, 2017 The ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog covered a variety of topics in 2017, ranging from cultural competence and technology to the opioid epidemic, marijuana legalization, and process improvement. We thank the many guest bloggers and ATTC Network staff who contributed posts and shared their unique perspectives and views with our audience— which now […]
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How do you spell EKG?

Published: 12/11/2017
December 12, 2017 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network NIATx The story behind the NIATx walk-through If you've done a NIATx change project, chances are it started with a walk-through.  It's is one of the essential tools that change teams use to experience their organization’s services exactly as a customer would. NIATx Director Dave Gustafson says that […]
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Treatment and Recovery News Roundup

Published: 11/28/2017
November 28, 2017 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office NIATx Did your recent holiday include a holiday from the news?  Get caught up with these links to breaking treatment and recovery headline stories: The Health 202: This hotel CEO thinks he can fix America's opioid abuse problem, Washington Post: "Gary Mendell, the chairman of HEI […]
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You Don’t Have To Be a Latino to Provide Services to Latino Populations: Enhancing Transcultural Mental Health Care

Published: 11/17/2017
December 4, 2017 Emily Maynard, PhD Post-doctoral fellow University of California, Santa Barbara Three facts you need to know about Latinos and mental health care in the United States: Eighteen percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic or Latino (56.6 million) (US Census Bureau, 2016) Only 5% of American psychologists are Hispanic or Latino (American […]
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NIAAA's Alcohol Treatment Navigator: Pointing the way to evidence-based care

Published: 11/15/2017
November 20, 2017 Lori Ducharme, Ph.D. Program Director for Health Services Research National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that about 15 million American adults met the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder in 2016, while only about 10% received treatment from a specialty facility. […]
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Native American Heritage Month: Books to add to your reading list

Published: 11/04/2017
November 7, 2017 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office NIATx  Awareness months such as November’s Native American Heritage Month can be a great time to challenge ourselves to learn more about Native Americans’ history and culture, as well as their experiences today.  Start by adding books by American Indian authors to your reading list. If […]
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Bill White on Recovery Rising: A Memoir from the Frontlines of Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Published: 10/30/2017
October 31, 2017 Bill White has worked in addiction treatment, recovery research, and recovery advocacy for nearly half a century. He's published more than 20 books and monographs on addiction treatment and recovery. His newest book, Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy contains more than 350 vignettes with accompanying reflective questions that allow […]
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Cultural competence and organizational change: Meet the researcher, Dr. Erick Guerrero

Published: 10/18/2017
October 15, 2017 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Office Great Lakes ATTC NIATx Photo credit:Shutterstock National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) celebrates Hispanic and Latino heritage and the countless ways that Hispanics and Latinos have contributed to the arts, sports, literature and science. And in behavioral health, Hispanic and Latino researchers and scientists are among […]
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Immediate help in Puerto Rico: National Hispanic and Latino ATTC training first responders

Published: 10/14/2017
October 14, 2017 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office NIATx/Great Lakes ATTC Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands  on September 20, and the majority of the island lacks power or running water. Residents who remain on the island are struggling to overcome the enormous physical and emotional distress of the storm, […]
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