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September 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 National Recovery Month 2019

Recovery Month 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. Now in its 30th year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery.
  • Watch the video message from Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Save the date for the Recovery Month webinar – Friday, September 27, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Celebrating Recovery across the Nation.

The Nurses' Role in Treating People with Persistent and Severe Mental Illness – Webinar

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
The mental health treatment community is learning more about evidence-based practices that result in increased quality of life and improved recovery trajectories. This webinar will discuss nursing roles within mental health treatment and novel approaches to treatment with a multidisciplinary team.

Drug Checking's role in the opioid epidemic

Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT
The lecture will provide an understanding of the current opioid epidemic and the confluences of factors that paved the way for our current state of unprecedented high rates of overdose deaths. The course will discuss and define harm reduction, and focus on one tool that is currently being employed to reduce overdose among people who use drugs.


Methamphetamine resources and videos from SAMHSA

SAMHSA has released new videos and other resources to help stop the use of methamphetamine (meth) and offer support to those in need of treatment.

Suicide prevention resources and three new videos from SAMHSA

SAMHSA released new videos and other resources to help prevent suicide and offer support to those in crisis.

Living Well with Serious Mental Illness

With early and consistent treatment, people with serious mental illnesses can manage their conditions, overcome challenges, and lead meaningful, productive lives. SAMHSA has released new information and tips on living with serious mental illness.

Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults

Entering adulthood can be an emotional time, but sometimes the ups and downs can mean something more. It's okay to ask for help. SAMHSA offers new resources.

Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Every family is unique, but all families share a bond that can be used to support one another during trying times. SAMHSA has released new videos and other information.

Advisory: Mental and Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Physical and Cognitive Disabilities

This Advisory highlights how mental and substance use disorder treatment programs can better serve people with physical and cognitive disabilities and substance use disorders and/or serious mental illness.

Advisory: Implementing Tobacco Cessation Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: A Quick Guide for Program Directors and Clinicians

Tobacco use is widespread among individuals with serious mental illness, and the high prevalence of tobacco-related mortality among them is well-documented. This guide can help clinicians implement a tobacco cessation program for individuals with serious mental illness.

The Sequential Intercept Model

This brochure provides an overview of the Sequential Intercept Model, a strategic planning tool that helps communities better understand the gaps and resources they have in helping those with mental illness or substance use disorders who are in the criminal justice system.
You may also be interested in SAMHSA's Data Collection Across the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM): Essential Measures. This recently released manual provides a starting place for jurisdictions looking to use data to better understand and improve the outcomes of people with mental and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Helping Older Adults after Disasters: A Guide to Providing Support

Outreach workers often work with older adults after disasters. This guide will help prepare staff for encounters with this population by describing common disaster reactions and providing tips and resources.

Tips for Survivors: Coping with Anger after a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event

After a disaster, survivors may feel angry about the ways in which the disaster has changed their lives. This tip sheet helps survivors to understand that anger can be a common response to a traumatic event. The tip sheet also includes anger management techniques and where to turn for help.

Have You Experienced a Disaster? Poster pertaining to adult reactions

Disaster survivors are not always aware of behaviors in themselves or others that are associated with adverse reactions to a disaster. This poster assists adult disaster survivors with identifying possible reactions and provides resources to turn to for help.

Have You and Your Family Been Affected by a Disaster? Poster pertaining to youth and child reactions

Parents and caregivers may not always understand and be able to identify behaviors in children and youth that are associated with adverse reactions to a disaster. This poster provides information on possible adverse reactions in children as well as where to get help.

Recent SAMHSA Blogs

Back-to-School Season: An Opportunity to Help Parents and Caregivers Prevent Underage Drinking and Drug Use

A new school year often brings a fresh start for children and their families. For parents, it's also a time to revisit conversations with their children about alcohol and other drugs. Check out SAMHSA resources to help adults start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age.

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