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October 10, 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.

The Impact of CLAS & the Peer Recovery Movement: Supporting Homeless and Recovering Individuals – Webinar

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will discuss how healthcare organizations can ensure that awareness, adoption, and implementation of the national CLAS Standards incorporate this more inclusive definition of culture in order to better serve persons in the recovery community.

Stimulant Use Disorders: Epidemiology, Clinical Challenges, and Review of Treatments – Webinar

Note: This class is full. Please contact (207) 878-6170 or ccsme@www.ccsme.org to be placed on a waiting list.
Wednesday October 16, 2019 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT
Richard Rawson, Ph.D., will review the clinical challenges presented by stimulant users and current protocols for addressing acute medical/psychiatric conditions. Evidence-based behavioral/psychosocial strategies will be presented, along with pharmacotherapies currently considered promising.

The Opioid Epidemic and Drug Checking: Putting Tools in the Hands of Experts

Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 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.

Introduction to the Interface between Serious Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System: Strategies for Realigning Patients Towards Treatment – Webinar

Friday, October 18, 2019 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will review basics regarding the criminal justice system, provide basic data on the prevalence of people with serious mental illness in the justice system, and offer an overview of models looking at reform to help individual patients and systems.

Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits – Webinar

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Prevention in Action Webinar Series: Expanding and Improving Access to Safe Drug Disposal Options in Vermont – Webinar

Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
Vermont is taking a multi-faceted approach to addressing and preventing opioid addiction that involves multiple state agencies, community providers, and partners. One of these approaches has been the development and evaluation of a comprehensive statewide drug disposal system designed to promote safe disposal, and reduce the supply of prescription drugs available for diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention – Part 1 – Webinar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar will present a clear rationale for the role of faith leaders in working across the continuum of care, including substance prevention.

Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention – Part 2 – Webinar

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:00am to 12:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will present a clear rationale for the role of faith leaders in working across the continuum of care, including substance use prevention.


Talk. They Hear You. Student Assistance – A Guide for School Administrators

The purpose of the guide is to provide school leaders and administrators with key information regarding student assistance services for substance use and mental health initiatives.

Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines

This report identifies ten specific areas, or guiding principles, that will assist states and federal policy makers in defining and understanding what comprises safe, effective, and legal recovery housing. The guiding principles in this document are meant to provide an overarching framework that builds upon and extends the foundational policy and practice work that had guided the development of recovery housing to date.