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Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

May 16, 2018, Noon to 1:30 p.m. E.T.

 

Substance use disorders (SUD) are a significant public health concern for the growing population of older adults.

By 2020, the number of older adults with SUD in the United States is expected to rise from 2.8 million in 2002-2006

to 5.7 million. This webinar will describe substance use disorder (SUD) screening tools, how to effectively

diagnose SUD, and available treatment resources. Speakers will also discuss the need for care coordination for

older adults affected by SUD.

 

Registration Link: https://resourcesforintegratedcare.com/GeriatricCompetentCare/2018_GCC_Webinar_Series/Overview

 

Part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Series

 

NAMI Vermont’s Pathways to Wellness Conference

NAMI Vermont's Pathways to Wellness Conference is fast approaching in 3 weeks!! Don't miss out on what promises to be an amazing event. Register today!

Pathways to Wellness Conference

Wednesday, May 16, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

at Champlain College Conference and Event Center

The conference will be packed with timely and informative workshops, inspirational keynote speakers, and the opportunity to network with peers, families and mental health professionals.

 

The registration fee (which includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks) is $80 per person/$45 per NAMI member. If there are many in your organization interested in attending, take advantage of the group registration rate of $60 per person for groups of 10 or more.

 

Full and partial scholarships are available to low-income peers and family members so that anyone can attend regardless of their ability to pay.

 

The conference is approved for CEU hours for Social Workers and LCMHCs at an additional cost of $10.

 

Click here to learn more and to register today!

Workshops include:

  • Chittenden County Community Outreach Initiative
  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Lessons from the Field: An Eldercare Clinician's Perspective Working With Some of the State's Most Vulnerable Adults
  • Housing Retention Panel: Helping Those at Risk for Homelessness
  • Creating a Healing Environment: Moving Towards the Elimination of Restraint & Seclusion at CVMC by Redefining its Meaning & Transforming our Culture and Ourselves
  • Finding Hope Through Support

Want to learn more about these workshops? Click here.

 

Two amazing keynote speakers will be at the conference:

  • Ronald Braunstein: Co-Founder and Music Director of the Me2/Orchestras, the world's only classical music organization for people with mental illnesses and those who support them.
  • Ron Powers: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author who will discuss the social history of mental illness in America while sharing the deeply personal story of his two sons’ battles with schizophrenia.

A special thanks to the conference sponsors: UVM Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Brattleboro Retreat, and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, along with a grant from Vermont Department of Mental Health.

 

If you have any questions about the event or need help registering, please don't hesitate to contact Laurie Emerson at 802-876-7949 x101 or email: lemerson@namivt.org.

Violence, Trauma, and the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Mental Health Settings

Online copies of the handouts for the 6CS two day training held on April 24th. and 25th. can be found at the link below. If you have trouble opening the link contact Amy Stonoha at a.stonoha@snhu.edu.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1segD50GLinWmqZVULA3T1wkcWjfJtITr

CRAVING, ADDICTION, MINDFULNESS and The Brain

Judson Brewer (https://www.judsonbrewer.com) and Julie Hynes (https://preventionlane.org/) are AMAZING speakers on the topic of addiction and craving.

You will hear from THE BEST on the latest in addiction, craving, mindfulness and the brain with a focus on evolving technologies for prevention and treatment across addictions.

This workshop is not to be missed. It is sure to be one of the best, most affordable workshops in Vermont in 2018. SIX 6 CEU's for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, LADCs.

DATE AND TIME

Fri, April 27, 2018

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Hotel Vermont

41 Cherry Street

Burlington, VT 05401

REFUND POLICY

Refunds up to 7 days before event

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cravecon-2018-craving-addiction-mindfulness-and-the-brain-tickets-43698805303?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Event Information: New Jersey Recovery Coaches training/webinar

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT), in partnership with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, invites you to a webinar to learn about an exciting apprenticeship program for individuals aspiring to be certified alcohol and drug counselors. The apprenticeship initiative is born out of a pilot program that the New Jersey Talent Development Center (TDC) launched in partnership with Homeless Solutions and Mental Health Associations of Essex and Morris Counties in 2016.

Program Background

 

TDC and the Homelessness Solution and Mental Health Association started the apprenticeship to provide their 10 case managers training to become certified alcohol and drug counselors.

 

Former Governor Chris Christie learned about the importance of the training during a site visit and decided to expand it statewide. So, the state awarded the New Jersey Healthcare TDC a $1.3 million grant to expand the apprenticeship program as part of New Jersey's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The grant allows TDC to provide New Jersey residents access to 270 hours of free classroom instruction and 3,100 hours of paid on-the-job training. New Jersey’s Healthcare TDC is based in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

 

Webinar Information

 

The 90-minute webinar will focus on how the program started, how the training made a difference to the employees, and how the expansion is helping New Jersey offer this program to additional employers.

 

Time and Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3:00–4:30 p.m. (EST).

Instructions:

 

Please follow the instructions below to log in to the Web Conferencing Service:

 

Log into the Web Conferencing Service: A few minutes before the call, access the service by following the steps below:

 

 

Please note: Many government agencies have firewall protections in place to prevent staff from downloading add-ons. Please work with your IT department prior to the live event to ensure that you will be able to download the add-on, if necessary.

Here’s to Vermont’s Efforts in This Important Area

Behavioral Healthcare Integration

Click to Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79-KMN6IWXk

NEAR Talk – How Childhood Trauma Affects Lifelong Health

Trauma… it’s the really horrific things that we go through as people… things that deeply impact us. For some, trauma is a single point in time while others experience ongoing trauma and instability.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes these concepts when defining the word trauma:

Injury caused by an extrinsic (outside ourselves) agent

Results in severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury

In many cases when we experience trauma as adults we have gained the tools and relationships to carry us through. When we experience trauma as children we do not necessarily have those resources or the brain development that gives us the resilience needed. The more trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that a child experiences, the greater the likelihood these experiences will have negative health impacts throughout their lifespan that can include obesity, heart disease, and substance use disorders.

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New Course Announcement!

Module-1-Announcement with YouTube Link

VCPI is excited to introduce our first module in the series of training curriculum focused on orienting new direct service providers to effectively partner with those who seek support within the Vermont System of Care. It seems most appropriate to start this series with the cornerstones of effective practice.With a focus on the values, principles, and beliefs, this first module in the series is designed to give new staff the opportunity to hear about the importance of these concepts directly from those who have participated in supports and services and encourage effective partnering with other professionals. In addition to an on-line video module and accompanying workbook, there are supplemental materials that will assist with integrating the information into practice.

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Check out Support Group Schedule & other events from NAMI- VT

Check out the Support Group Schedule & other events from Vermont Psychiatric Survivors

http://www.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org/calendar-2/

Flourishing/ Self-Healing Communities

The Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation, VCPI, is quickly gaining recognition as being an aptly named organization.  As you will see throughout this newsletter, there are multiple initiatives underway that support the opportunity for Vermonters to work together in innovative ways to improve the practices and services we are able to offer across multiple settings and modalities of care.  The model allows for exponential increases in skills and knowledge, while being cost effective and efficient.  Importantly, the directions are informed by those with lived experience and/or in the role of representing advocacy organizations.

As outlined in the project descriptions here and on our website, there are several ways that VCPI plays a role in the success of the initiatives with which we are involved.  One of the approaches that has been particularly successful is the development of Learning Communities.  Sometimes also called Learning Collaboratives, this method of improving practice is not new.  It is a well-researched way of efficiently and effectively producing results.  When multiple sites across Vermont are focusing improvement efforts in the same topic area, the opportunity to have a regular and facilitated process for connecting with one another is invaluable.  VCPI provides the groups with access to national experts in particular subject areas, and adeptly manages the logistics of coordinating and organizing the process.   With those ingredients in place, the participants can focus on the important opportunities to grow and learn and on building a supportive community that will sustain that focus over time.  For all of those reasons, VCPI will continue to seek out opportunities to develop learning communities.

One such potential new initiative presented itself just this past week and I’d like to tell you about it. First of all, did you know that there is a county in Washington State that has reduced youth suicides and suicide attempts by 98% in the last 15 years?  We all know that here in Vermont and most other states, the suicide rate among adolescents is growing at an alarming rate.  Were you aware that similar statistics are popping up in many communities which have chosen to tackle issues such as high school dropout rates, substance use, and arrests?

Have you heard the newest findings in neurobiology, especially as related to early-trauma, and how they are quickly increasing our ability to develop effective interventions?  Or that the field of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of health, well-being and resilience?  Perhaps you’re just finding out that Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression (active versus inactive genes) that does not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence — a change in phenotype without a change in genotype — which in turn affects how cells read the genes.

Participants in The Flourishing Communities Summit, held December 1st & 2nd at Lake Morey, now know a great deal more about all of this and are gearing up to find ways to spread their knowledge and collaborate to develop exciting ideas for using the knowledge to support improvement in our Vermont communities.  Approximately 300 people, representing all geographic areas, professional roles, ages, personal histories and experience with the topic of trauma, spent two days together in an environment carefully orchestrated to actively engage them in the process of learning and planning together. Some of you were there for this experience.  The summit featured Laura Porter and a particular framework called Self-Healing Communities.  You can learn more about Laura and this approach at http://www.aceinterface.com/index.html

I’m sharing this with you for a couple of reason. When 300 people in our small state get excited about something, you’re likely to hear about it within your own work and will have some foundational understanding of what the buzz is about when it comes your way. My other motive is to begin to think together about the potential role for VCPI in moving this work forward. The summit provided an opportunity for regional groups to begin to build a collaborative process for using the Self-Healing Communities Framework to address challenging issues in their own communities. We didn’t just talk about how that should happen- we actually met in regional groups and planned initial action steps. Momentum in building. Seems to me there will be ways that the Co-op can support these important efforts.

If this topic and potential VCPI focus area is of interest, we would love to hear from you. We can establish an e-mail group to keep us all up to date as the statewide conversation begins to take shape, and then we can morph into some specific planning meetings. Just drop me a line or give me a call!

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Read about SAMHSA’s Block Grant Funding surrounding FEP

Serious Mental Illness: A New Block Grant Priority

Mental health treatment practitioners have, over the years, observed that most individuals who have a serious mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia) typically experience the first signs of illness during adolescence or early adulthood. Yet there are often long intervals between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis, referral, and treatment. In response, Congress has directed SAMHSA to require that states set aside 10 percent of their Community Mental Health Services Block Grant to address these needs.

Read the article

First Episode Psychosis Project- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP)

Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP)

STEP is a clinic staffed by mental health providers in different fields – psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work. This "interdisciplinary" team seeks to provide comprehensive care for individuals who are early in the course of a psychotic illness in order to prevent symptoms from becoming disabling.

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ILSA Supervision Workbook: Co-occurring Competency

ILSA-Basic Integrated Longitudinal Strength-based Assessment

The Integrated Longitudinal Strength-based Assessment (ILSA) is a template intended to help clinicians and/or clients walk through the recovery-oriented assessment process step by step and facilitate a recovery-oriented process for adults.

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ILSA Worksheet for Assessment Supervision

The Integrated Longitudinal Strength-based Assessment (ILSA) is a worksheet for Supervisors to assist staff in developing Co-occurring Competency. The material for discussion is drawn from an assessment recently performed by the staff member or from a video tape assessment.

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COMPASS-Prevention Prevention Provider Tool

COMPASS-PREVENTION helps programs being the process of developing "recovery and resiliency-oriented co-occurring capability." COMPASS-PREVENTION bring together critical knowledge of what we all have learned over the years about what helps individuals and families- knowledge about integrated services, trauma-informed services, person-centered interventions, cultural competency, population specific services, and most fundamentally, empathetic relationship that inspire hope and help. The most important purpose is to create a foundation for an improvement process through an empowered conversation that involves as many people as possible working together to make progress for the program and its services.

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