During the pandemic, many organizations that provide care to people who use drugs (PWUD) quickly transitioned from in-person care to telehealth and technology-assisted services. To better support organizations that provide care to PWUD, the National Council, with support from the CDC, developed this resource guide organized by five strategies to address implementation challenges and leverage technological advances to improve the health and wellness of PWUD.Supporting Telehealth and Technology-assisted Services for People Who Use Drugs: A Resource Guide
Overdose has become a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States.
The National Council is actively engaged in addressing the overdose epidemic, fostering the use of evidence-based harm reduction, overdose prevention and opioid use disorder treatment in community, criminal justice and health care settings. We combine know-how from research, advocacy, policy and practice into projects that promote innovation across the continuum of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.
To Better understand the impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on harm reduction organizations & on people who use drugs.Preventing Overdose & Increasing Access to Harm Reduction Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion to Prevent Opioid Overdose
Communities across the country have implemented deflection and pre-arrest diversion (DPAD) initiatives to link people who use drugs to evidence-based care and services instead of incarceration.Read more
Building Capacity Through Community Behavioral Health Organizations to Prevent Overdose
This initiative provided up to $100,000 each in grant funding to 25 CBHOs to support their overdose prevention efforts.Read more
Opioid use disorder (OUD) can have complex, potentially fatal implications for new and expecting mothers and their babies, including low birth weight, clinical challenges with medical dosing and increased risk of accidental death. In the U.S., a baby is born passively dependent every 15 minutes. To ensure best health outcomes…
Coping with grief and loss is a reality that harm reduction staff, coworkers, volunteers and participants face daily as the overdose crisis continues to impact communities across the U.S. To address wellness and burnout prevention for harm reduction providers, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the Centers…
Community supervision officers are uniquely positioned to reduce overdose risk among individuals under supervision. Set your staff up for success with additional education on substance use disorders and training in evidence-based overdose prevention practices, including approaches to building trust and rapport with people under supervision. To support overdose prevention and…
If you are an administrator or clinician who is new to YSBIRT or looking for a refresher, this three-hour training is just for you.
- Statement from National Council for Mental Wellbeing President and CEO Chuck Ingoglia on New CDC Overdose Death Numbers (August 2021)
- Harm Reduction Essential Now and Always (November 2020)
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment
Strengthen the quality of your clinical care and prevent the unhealthy consequences of alcohol and drug use among your clients by implementing SBIRT services.Read more