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August 26, 2019
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Training and events are available for practitioners through many of SAMHSA's Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Note that some of them require advance registration. Visit SAMHSA's Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

SAMHSA's 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Findings Released

SAMHSA has released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The findings provide estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. NSDUH data also help to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups; estimate trends over time; and determine the need for treatment services. View a video presentation of the NSDUH data findings by Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders and Tailoring First Episode Psychotic (FEP) Programs to Serve Women

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 PM EDT
This webinar will explore how mental health and substance treatment providers currently care for women with co-occurring first episode psychosis (FEP), serious mental illness, and substance use disorder, and what questions remain in relation to treating this population of women with complex presentations.

Suicide Prevention and LGBTQ Communities – Webinar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will highlight some of the pressures that lead sexual and gender minority people to suicide, what factors elevate or lower self-harm risk, and interventions to help LGBTQ people build resilience in a hostile world.

Housing Learning Community: Housing 101 – Webinar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 1:00 PM EDT
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.

Guidelines on Telemental Health – Webinar

August 28, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
This webinar, highlighting the work of expert Dr. Jay Shore, will review the research that supports the efficacy of assessing and treating individuals with behavioral health disorders using videoconferencing. In addition, the new/revised guidelines developed by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) will be highlighted along with a facilitated discussion.

Navigating New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age – Webinar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
The use of technology and social media by behavioral health and recovery support practitioners for personal and professional purposes is increasing. As such, ethical and practice issues like self-disclosure in postings, unintentional boundary crossings and violations, privacy and security problems reflect just some of these new dilemmas. Adding to the problem is a lack of definitive guidance from existing professional and ethical codes until recently.

Scope of Prevention: Preventing Relapse by Providing Comprehensive Oral Health Care with SUD Treatment – Webinar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:00 PM EDT
The University of Utah School of Dentistry has demonstrated an important role for oral health in managing SUD patients by identifying dramatic increases in treatment length of stay for these patients and their ability to obtain employment, as well as a decrease in their homelessness and drug use, by providing comprehensive dental care as an integrated part of their drug problem management.

Peers for Chronic Pain: What Lived Experience Can Do to Help the Pain and Opioid Crisis – Webinar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
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.

Focus on the Family: Using Person and Family Centered Care for Mental Health – Webinar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
During this webinar, participants will learn more about person and family centered care. Presenters will share tips for engaging individuals and their family members in the treatment planning process, and stories of success. They will also share resources for implementing and encouraging the practice of person and family centered care.

Identifying Trauma – Webinar

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Hilary Hodgdon – a practicing clinical psychologist, trainer and researcher specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress – focused on the science and tools designed to support school staff in identifying children at the greatest risk of experiencing significant trauma.

Vaping and LGBTQ Youth – Webinar

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
This webinar will examine the health impacts of e-cigarettes and vaping on adolescents and
increase awareness of the unique vulnerabilities of LGBTQ youth that may make vaping more prevalent and nicotine addiction more concerning.

HIV, Hepatitis C and Substance Abuse Prevention Among the Latino Community / VIH, La Hepatitis C y el Abuso de Sustancias en la Comunidad Latina

Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:00 PM EDT
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), substance abuse, and the growing number of new cases of Hepatitis C are causing a severe health problem in Latino communities in the United States. During this webinar, we will discuss why this is a problem, the statistics, the advances in the area of medicine to reduce and prevent new cases, the barriers faced by Latinos in trying to access medical and mental health care and the prevention efforts that are taking place. This seminar will be offered free of charge and in Spanish.
El virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH), el abuso de sustancias y el número creciente de nuevos casos de Hepatitis C está causando un grave problema de salud en las comunidades Latinas en los Estados Unidos. Durante este seminario web discutiremos porque esto un problema, las estadísticas, los avances en el área de la medicina para reducir y prevenir los casos, las barreras que enfrentan los Latinos al tratar de recibir cuidado médico y de salud mental y los esfuerzos de prevención que se están llevando a cabo. Este seminario se ofrecerá en forma gratuita y en español.

CLAS in Behavioral Health: How CLAS Standards Can Empower Hispanic and Latinx Communities to Thrive in Recovery

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
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 within the Latinx community.

National Recovery Month 2019

SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month each September to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the millions of people who are living their lives in recovery as well as those who make recovery possible. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.


Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

This publication summarizes key findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States. View a video presentation of the NSDUH data findings by Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.


Data Collection Across the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM): Essential Measures

This manual is a compilation of recommended data elements organized around each of the six intercepts represented in the sequential intercept model. Each section lists data points and measures that are essential to addressing how people with mental and substance use disorders flow through that intercept.

Supplemental Research Bulletin: Disasters and People with Serious Mental Illness: Disasters and People with Serious Mental Illness

This edition of the Supplemental Research Bulletin focuses on how disasters may affect individuals with Serious Mental Illness over the short and longer terms.

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