Communications Coordinator, ATTC Network Coordinating Office
National Recovery Month 2015 celebrates stories of people in recovery, writes Michael Botticelli in this month's feature article in the ATTC Messenger, and September 2015 is packed with activities across the nation sharing the Recovery Month message that treatment and prevention work and people do recover from mental health and substance use disorders.
And as President Obama says in today's Presidential Proclamation, "This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!" It encourages us all to do our part to eliminate negative public attitudes associated with substance use disorders and treatment."
The webinar lineup for Recovery Month 20125 offers almost daily opportunities for us to learn about innovations in treatment and recovery as well as ways to change attitudes. Here are just a few (well, 10) that you won't want to miss:
The ONDCP webinar “Innovative Practices in Medication-Assisted Treatment and Primary Care” presents two models for integrating treatment for opioid use disorders. Watch this webinar to learn more about CoOP model that Dr. Botticelli discusses in the ATTC Messenger article. You can also learn about Rhode Island's Opioid Treatment Health Home Program. Launched in October 2013, the OTP HH now includes 22 Health Home teams providing integrated care to 2,600 people in 12 clinics across the state. This webinar aired on August 27, but is now available for viewing on YouTube.
Providers' Clinical Support for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) presented Opioid Use Disorders in Hispanics/Latinos, presented by Dr. Angel Gonzalez. This webinar will be available for viewing in the near future--check the website for updates.
Date: Airs Wednesday, September 2
The 2015 National Frontier and Rural ATTC 3rd Annual Technology Summit will also cover the latest innovations in technology treatment for addiction treatment and recovery: September 2 and 3, in Austin, Texas. While this is not a webinar that you can add to your Recovery Month calendar, I'm hoping that summit proceedings or recordings of the awesome speakers lined up just might be available online for future reference. Stay tuned!
(Update, 9/18/15: the NFAR Summit presentations are now available on the NFAR website!)
National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC offers Historical and Intergenerational Trauma: The Impact of the Two Spirit and Native LGBTQ Community. Date: Wednesday, September 2. Time: 1:00-2:00pm ET
Recovery Month also reminds us that substance use disorders affect people of all ages, including teens. On Thursday, September 3, the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions offers Strategies for Early Intervention and Treatment for Adolescent Alcohol Use in Health Centers.
Date: Thursday, September 3. Time: 1:30 ET
Addiction, Stigma, and Discrimination: Implications for Treatment and Recovery: Tuesday, September 8. How does the language we use about people with substance use disorders influence their treatment? Find out in this PCSS-MAT webinar, featuring Dr. John Kellly of the Harvard Medical School and the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine.
Date: September 8. Time: 12:00-1:00 ET
SAMHSA's FASD Center of Excellence presents Healthy Baby, Healthy Life: Provider Perspectives and Roles in Addressing FASD, a free webinar that discusses FASD prevention along with a new approach to SUD treatment for people diagnosed with FASD.
Date: September 9, 2015 Time: 2:00-3:00 ET
Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration for Latinos, taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented by the Central Rockies ATTC and the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC, the symposium designed for medical and behavioral health care providers serving Hispanic and Latino populations. There's no registration fee for this one-day event that will examine the relevance of recovery in integrated systems of care for Hispanics and Latinos. And the mountains of Utah are beautiful in autumn! Register today.
Wednesday, September 16: the National SBIRT ATTC offers Seeding and Implementing Systems Change Efforts to Improve the Lives of Youth: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Youth Substance use Prevention and Early Intervention Strategic Initiative. Date: September 16. Time: 1-2:30 ET
Thursday, September 17: Rally Preview: Unit to Face Addiction! Will you be in D.C. on October 4? We hope so! Sign up to join the ATTC Network contingent, make history, and you might just get a cool tee-shirt...The ATTC Network is excited to be an organizing partner for UNITE to FACE Addiction: an unprecedented opportunity for thousands to gather on the National Mall on October 4 and end the silence about addiction. Join this webinar for a rally preview and to hear why it's time to UNITE to Face Addiction. Register for the webinar today!
Thursday, September 17. 12:30-2:00ET
What happens after people complete treatment for a substance use disorder? They return to families communities that may either support or challenge a new recovery-based lifestyle. A Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports. This person-centered system builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to help people with substance use disorders achieve recovery and improve their quality of life. The Great Lakes ATTC offers a variety of resources on Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, including its Behavioral Health Webinar Series. Find out more about ROSC on Wednesday, September 23: ROSC and MAT Part II: Opioid Treatment Services.Wednesday, September 23. 1:00-2:30pm ET
So that's just 10 webinars, a two-day summit, and a one-day symposium out of the many events, presentations, and activities across the nation that are helping to make recovery visible, valuable and vocal this Recovery Month 2015. Is your organization offering a webinar or other event for Recovery Month 2015? Let us know more about it in the comment section below!