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Monthly Provider Meetings 

Meetings are held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month
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Liberty conference room
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2221  

  Overdose Prevention Resources

How to Prevent a Death Due to Opioid (Heroin) Overdose
The combination of heroin and fentanyl is proving deadly in the Pittsburgh area. Learn what you can do to help prevent a death due to opioid overdose.

Preventing Opioid Overdose with Education and Naloxone Rescue Kits Webinar
Created by Alex Walley for SAMHSA, this FREE webinar equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies/practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Overdose Prevention and Response Webinar – February 25, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Hosted by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, this FREE webinar provides an overview of the scope of overdose problems on local, state and national levels with a focus on opioid overdose.

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Related Trauma
Incorporates overdose prevention, response, and experience into substance use disorder treatment.

The Opioid Overdose Toolkit
In honor of International Overdose Awareness Day, Saturday, August 31, the Office of National Drug Control Policy joined other federal partners to announce the release of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. The Toolkit, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides information on overdose prevention, treatment and recovery for first responders, prescribers, and patients.More information about the Opioid Overdose Toolkit  

  From the Federal Government 

FY2014 funding for SAMHSA expands vital mental health services – especially for children and youth 

Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Synar Report
This document addresses youth access to tobacco product activities conducted during FFY 2013, including retailer violation rates measured during that period, in compliance to requirements of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. Also indicated in this report are planned activities to reduce access to tobacco by youth during FFY 2014. 

pdf.gif Pharmaceutical Threat Assessment for Pennsylvania and Delaware 

 From the State

             Pa. HB 3179 / SB 1917 / SB 1849 Mandated Reporter Training
             New legislation in Pennsylvania detailing the definition and responsibilities of those people
             required by law to report child abuse and neglect. The laws take effect December 31, 2014

Pa. HB 1149SB 1164 Good Samaritan Act
Provides guidance re: law enforcement's treatment of somone who assists a person experiencing a drug overdose.

Pa. SB 1104 Criminal Justice and Addiction Treatment Act Testimony 
Delivered September 24, 2013

 Pa. House Bill 1694 of 2013, as amended on October 16, 2013
Amending Title 44 (Law and Justice) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, establishing the Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System; abrogating a regulation; and imposing penalties.  

 Policy Changes 

pdf.gif DSM IV TR updates reflected in DSM 5
Provides a summary of the changes in definitions of various mental and cognitive diagnoses.

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Final Rule Constituency Briefing, November 8, 2013
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans. pdf.gif More about MHPAEA.  

Recovery to Practice Special Request
A draft of the National Practice Standards for Peer Recovery Supporters is open for public comment until June 24, 2013. When finalized, the National Practice Standards will be used to set policy and shape the future of peer support services.

PDF Icon Chapter 704, Staffing Requirements for Drug & Alcohol Treatment Activities
Recommendations for changes to Chapter 704, Staffing Requirements for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activities, have been drafted . A group of dedicated members has been working for months to develop these recommendations.

PDF Icon Revised Client Liability Tables, effective January 1, 2013
The revised tables apply to substance abuse treatment funded by the Single County Authorities, as well as problem and compulsive gambling counseling reimbursed through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).

Strengthening Treatment And Recovery (STAR) Policy Bulletin 
This Policy Bulletin amends reporting defined in Sections 9.10 and 10.10 of the Department of Drug and Alcohol (DDAP) Treatment Manual by adding language that requires Single County Authorities (SCAs) and their providers to use the Strengthening Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Data System instead of CIS and CMRR as of July 1, 2012.

Strengthening Treatment And Recovery (STAR) Data System Information
As of July 1, all providers of substance abuse services are required to utilize the STAR Data System. The new STAR Data System is the  replacement system for the Client Information System. 

Professional Development 

 World Wide Web Icon NAADAC Institute Webinar Series, ongoing
This series of free webinars is intended for professionals in the recovery field.  

Provider Alerts 

pdf.gif Individuals Enrolled Incorrectly in Healthy PA PCO Plans
This is shared information in a webinar held by OMHSAS for counties and Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations.


             pdf.gif ACOPC Fall Issue 2014
             This is a fall issue of the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition.

             Recent Updates to the Pa DHS Website
             These are some of the recent additions that have been added to the Department of 
             Human Services website.

             Bureau of Justice Assistance Offers Naloxone Toolkit for Law Enforcement
             The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a clearinghouse designed to provide law
             enforcement agencies with important information about naloxone, a potentially lifesaving
             drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other
             opioid overdose.

             SAMHSA's Framework for Trauma-Informed Approach 

OverdoseFreePA launched
With funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) has launched a statewide overdose prevention website called OverdoseFreePA, which aims to support efforts within participating counties to reduce overdose and overdose deaths. The site’s URL is www.overdosefreepa.pitt.edu.

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: A Research-Based Guide  
Presents research-based principles of adolescent SUD treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.  

On-line Resources for Substance Use Disorders and Co-occurring Disorders 

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, Third Edition
Published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Rethinking Drinking, Alcohol and Your Health
Published by the National Institutes of Health

Project Life Line (Website)
Project Life Line supports pharmacists, physicians and patients to reduce the risk of overdose. Explore this website for tips on how to ensure that opioids are used safely. Learn and share life-saving actions to take should you or someone you know overdose. Watch the video that explains opioid medication safety and shows how to use naloxone.

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (3.79 MB)

Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders
SAMHSA recently released a quick reference guide to assist clinicians and substance use treatment providers with information about hepatitis screening and treatment. (Note: The full Tip 53 document can be found here.)

Prescription Drug Take Back Locations
DDAP has recently introduced an interactive Drug Take Back map on its webpage. The map displays box locations by county.

The Anonymous People
A documentary film directed by Greg D. Williams, and starring individuals living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions.

pdf.gif Strategic Unions, A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers
In his book Strategic Unions, A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers, David C. Guth, Jr. leverages personal experience and three decades as a nonprofit behavioral health executive to deliver an insider’s perspective on nonprofit mergers.

pdf.gif Mental and Substance Use Disorders Leading Cause of Non-fatal Illness Worldwide
ACMHA Membership: New Lancet reports on Burden of Disease due to MH/SU Conditions

Residential Treatment of Substance Use Disorders & Implementing Healthcare Reform Packets 
pdf.gif Implementing SAAS Reform Packet 
pdf.gif Residential Treatment of SUD SAAS April 2013 Packet   

World Wide Web Icon Three Guides for Treating Drug Abuse in People with HIV/AIDS
People with HIV/AIDS who are in treatment for alcohol or drug abuse have specific issues that need to be addressed by clinicians. Everything from rapid HIV testing, testing regulations, cultural competence, and risk factors are important to understand and consider.

pdf.gif People Recover Comic Book
People Recover presents the story of two people, Hal and Nikki, who abuse substances and who are also affected by anxiety and depression, respectively. Because of their co-occurring addictions and mental disorders, their relationship suffers, and they struggle in their professional work.

pdf.gif TAP 33 Implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Programs  

World Wide Web Icon 12 - Is there life after rehab in recovery?
This gripping 45-minute documentary voices the stories of young adults who have chosen recovery over addiction.

Addiction Messenger - Dec 2011
Screening and Treatment for Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders: Part 2
The first issue of this two-part series explored key differences between treating adolescents and adults, and ways in which clinical interventions and service delivery should be redesigned to meet adolescents’ unique needs. This issue highlights specific evidence-based screening, assessment and treatment strategies. 

World Wide Web Icon TIP # 56: Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men / TIP # 51 Substance Abuse Treatment - Addressing the Specific Needs of Women
Two gender-specific Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) published by SAMHSA

Bill W. is available
Bill W. recounts the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcholics Anonymous. The documentary is available on DVD, for download and on demand. 

pdf.gif Office of National Drug Control Policy Recovery Update, December 2012
The NDCP Recovery Update is now available on line.

Pennsylvania Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health
Network of Care was recognized as a model program by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and provides vital information to help link consumers to support groups and personal advocacy resources in the community. The site also provides a repository of evidence-based practices – successful, creative ways for communities to respond to their behavioral-health needs. 

pdf.gif Principles of Drug Treatment - A Researched-based Guide
This National Institutes of Health document addresses addiction to a wide variety of drugs and serves as a resource for healthcare providers, family members, and other stakeholders as they work to address the challenges of helping individuals in need.

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know what to ask
Offers valuable information for individuals, families, and friends seeking a drug abuse treatment program.Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31. 

pdf.gif Suboxone®Sales Estimated to Reach $1.4 Billion in 2012—More Than Viagra® or Adderall®
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), December 10, 2012

pdf.gif Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31
Offers administrators guidelines on integrating evidence-based practices into alcohol abuse and drug abuse treatment programs. Suggests ways to assess organizational readiness, plan and implement changes, evaluate progress, and sustain change over time. 

World Wide Web Icon U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy Marijuana Resource Center
This new, on-line resource provides users with the facts, knowledge and tools to better understand and address marijuana in their communities. It includes FAQs, information about federal and state laws pertaining to marijuana and public health concerns related to the legalization of marijuana.