Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) 3 part series

Bringing Recovery Supports to
Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS)
Session 1, July 24
Session 2, July 31
Session 3, August 7

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SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) invites you to join a three-part virtual learning series focusing on recovery supports for people considering or using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) or co-occurring disorders.

MAT leads to better treatment outcomes than behavioral therapies alone. There is strong evidence that combining MAT with recovery support services improves outcomes for people with OUD. Peer support workers are uniquely positioned to provide recovery support services. They offer lived experience of recovery from substance use disorders, mental health conditions, or both, and have specialized training to support people seeking recovery.

  • Session one of the Living Proof series will examine the neurobiology of OUD and share information about three medications commonly used to treat this disorder. Presenters will highlight important considerations for people with co-occurring disorders who are considering using MAT or currently using this treatment approach.
  • Session two will examine peer-delivered recovery supports for people using MAT.
  • Session three will explore the role of peer support workers in engaging and supporting people with OUD who are considering the use of MAT.

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You may register for individual sessions or the series

In each session, presenters will address common misperceptions about MAT; provide current, accurate information; and recommend ways to learn more and educate others about OUD, co-occurring disorders, and MAT.

The presenters will share information and strategies that strengthen peers’ ability to provide:

  • peer recovery supports for people considering MAT, including identifying goals, determining individual preferences, and using an informed decision-making process;
  • peer recovery supports for people with OUD who currently use MAT; and
  • appropriate strategies to apply important considerations for people with co-occurring disorders who are considering using MAT.

Join us for these free, interactive virtual events moderated by Steven Samra, BRSS TACS Deputy Director, and Devin Reaves, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition.

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You may register for individual sessions or the series

Session 1, July 24: Neurobiology of OUD and Medications for OUD: Implications for Co-occurring Disorders”

Presenters:
Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at Yale and an attending physician at Connecticut Mental Health Center
David Marcovitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University

Session 2, July 31: Delivering Recovery Supports to People with OUD Who Are Participating in MAT”

Presenters:
Brooke Feldman, President, Sparking Solutions LLC
Carlos Hardy, MHS, Founder and Executive Director, Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities
Amelia Murphy, Peer Recovery Coach Educator and Medication-Assisted Recovery Support (MARS) Trainer
Rollin Oden, MD, MPH, Director, CCH-WAGEES Program, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Session 3, August 7: Delivering Recovery Supports to People with OUD Who Are Considering MAT”

Presenters:
Sharon LeGore, Founder and President, MOMSTELL
David Marcovitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University
Sara Schade, Executive Director, Unlimited Alternatives

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You may register for individual sessions or the series.
Registration will close 60 minutes before the event start time.

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SAMHSA releases updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Originally posted on the SAMHSA website:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention. The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers information and facts from literature and links to resources to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, SAMHSA offers theToolkit as an educational resource for community members, first responders, prescribers, patients, and families.

The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit is divided into four sections—one for each target audience:

Facts for Community Members

  • Facts about opioids and opioid-related overdoses
  • Information about who is at risk
  • Strategies to prevent overdose deaths

Five Essential Steps for First Responders

  • Recommended actions to reduce the number of deaths resulting from opioid overdoses
  • Dos and Don’ts when responding to an opioid overdose

Information for Prescribers

  • Recommendations to consider when prescribing opioids for adults with chronic pain
  • Information on billing codes for providing overdose prevention education and for prescribing naloxone
  • Explanation of how to treat an overdose
  • Resources to determine legal and liability considerations

Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members

  • Information about preventing overdose and what to do when an overdose is suspected
  • Explanation of naloxone, how to use it, and how to store it
  • Resources for overdose survivors and family members and information on finding a support network

 

Download the toolkit!