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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Now Available: New National Council, CIHS Resources on Substance Use Disorders

June 18, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
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The National Council and the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions have made available a number of new resources related to addiction and substance use disorders treatment. At a recent National Council board meeting, Mohini Venkatesh, Senior Director of Public Policy, shared an overview of these resources, events, and information. They include:

  • Addictions Briefing: On Wednesday, May 29th, the National Council, in collaboration with Haymarket Center, Phoenix House, and WestCare Foundation, sponsored a congressional staff briefing to educate attendees on the importance of effective substance abuse treatment services and implications for improving access to services through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).The briefing featured a panel of experts who offered testimony from scientific, clinical, law enforcement, and youth/family perspectives.
  • Reducing Hospital Readmissions for Clients with Addictions Webinar:  On May 22, the National Council co-hosted a webinar with the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago (NORC) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network on reducing hospital readmissions. The focus of the webinar was on the mPower project, from Loyola Recovery Foundation, a National Council member. The project provides mobile patient opportunities for wellness, empowerment, and recovery to an identified cohort of high risk/high need veterans between the ages of 18-55, who have a diagnosis of substance abuse along with multiple physical and psychiatric comorbidities. There were 600+ lines open on the webinar, speaking to the level of interest in this issue. The webinar recording is available here:
  • Addiction News Now E-Newsletter: This monthly e-newsletter highlights the latest in addictions policy issues, new research findings, and resources for the behavioral health workforce. The National Council is currently partnering with Hazelden to develop the newsletter. If you are interested in signing up or learning more, email Mohini (
  • Co-Occurring Disorder Learning Community: In March, the National Council concluded this 14-month virtual learning community which engaged 5 addiction-primary and 5 mental health-primary community-based organizations to improve their capacity to treat individuals with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Public webinars will be scheduled for later in the year to share lessons learned.
  • CIHS Medication Assisted Treatment Health Network Learning Collaborative:  This project run through CIHS engages state systems, consumers, providers, and other stakeholders to increase the adoption of medications in the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders in primary care, substance use, and community mental health treatment programs as a means to achieve sustained recovery and improved health across safety-net settings.
  • Innovation in Addiction Treatment: A discussion with addiction treatment providers with integrated primary care services: This CIHS paper is the result of a one-day meeting for addictions provider agencies around lessons learned, what is working and what isn’t, for substance use providers working to integrated primary care. If any Association Executives are interested in connecting with the faculty who worked on this, please contact Mohini. On June 24th, CIHS will host a webinar on this paper. Registration can be accessed here:
  • Online training for substance use providers: CIHS has collaborated with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center to develop an online training for substance use providers considering integrated work in primary care settings. The hope is to create a more informed workforce on addiction issues.
  • Addictions Webinar Track: Beginning this summer, we will have a webinar track focused all on addictions. Emails will be sent out to market webinars.