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The Great Lakes MHTTC specializes in the NIATx model of process improvement: a set of tools for addressing problematic processes in the work system. Process improvement can be defined as “changing the way that work is performed so it is more efficient and effective.” Initially geared toward manufacturing, process improvement is now widely recognized as a powerful tool for making positive change in any setting. Behavioral health organizations use process improvement to: Identify and address problems in their work processes Speed up and sustain the adoption of evidence-based practices Reduce barriers to access to and retention in treatment   Download the Great Lakes MHTTC's Areas of Focus: Process Improvement brief to learn more about who we are and why process improvement is an area of focus for HHS Region 5.   
Published: January 19, 2023
Print Media
A primary goal of the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) is to help providers in our region adopt and implement evidence-based practices for preventing and treating mental health and co-occurring disorders. We support the implementation of evidence-based practices through training and technical assistance targeted to local needs. Download the Great Lakes MHTTC Areas of Focus: Evidence-Based Practices brief to learn more about the trainings we offer for mental health and school-based mental health professionals and organizations.   
Published: January 19, 2023
Print Media
A primary goal of the Great Lakes MHTTC is to develop strategies for delivering culturally-informed care with diverse practitioners, researchers, policymakers, family members, and consumers of mental health services. Download the Great Lakes MHTTC Areas of Focus: Culturally-Informed Care brief to learn more about the trainings we offer that address topics related to health equity and the necessity of providing culturally appropriate services.   
Published: January 19, 2023
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The January 2023 issue honors National Birth Defects Prevention Month by sharing resources and media from SAMHSA that focus on the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy. This issue also features new products from the Great Lakes MHTTC and PTTC, HealtheKnowledge content specific to women's reproductive health, and opportunities for mental health and SUD professionals to participate in ongoing research studies.  As always, The Great Lakes Current provides links to all the upcoming events and trainings for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   
Published: January 17, 2023
Multimedia
  RECORDING: Crisis Line Response: Helping People with Personality Disorders (Part 2)   DESCRIPTION:  A universal experience of crisis call centers is burnout among staff because of seemingly endless, often repetitive interactions with callers who are in distress and suicidal but do not respond to the usual suggestions of self-care or follow-up. An hour-long phone call can leave the worker exhausted and the caller in worse shape than at the beginning of the call.    This follow-up 1-hour training will provide additional training in working with people who have personality disorders on a crisis line. This time around we will address some particular issues that were mentioned by participants in the first training. These issues include additional information about histrionic personality disorder, hypothetical examples of calls, suggestions on how to avoid falling into endless conversational loops with callers and finally, good ways to bring a call to a close.    Watch the recording of Crisis Line Response: Helping People with Personality Disorders (Part 1) on the Great Lakes MHTTC website!     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Be introduced in more depth to histrionic personality disorder and other disorders as requested. Learn about the typical conversational style of various personality disorders. Hear examples of different ways to end a conversation that is no longer therapeutic or productive.     PRESENTER:   David Mays, MD, PhD Dr. David Mays is a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin, where he is a clinical adjunct assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association. Dr. Mays has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance on Mental Illness in Dane County, the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Health and Family Services, the Outstanding Professional Award from the Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and the Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award from the Wisconsin National Alliance on Mental Illness.      The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: January 4, 2023
Print Media
  This infographic is based on information from the live webinar Updates to the DSM-5-TR that was hosted by our partners at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and presented by Jennifer Haywood, MSW, LISW, LICDC. 
Published: December 13, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The November‒December 2022 issue honors National Impaired Driving Prevention Month (December) by sharing resources and media from SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You.®" campaign for underage drinking prevention. This issue also features prevention-focused HealtheKnowledge courses, two new Counselor's Corner blog posts about the relationship between SUD and music, the Great Lakes ATTC's "Embracing Change" article on the ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog, and even more brand new products and resources from HHS Region 5. 
Published: December 9, 2022
Multimedia
About this series: The Great Lakes ATTC and MHTTC are excited to offer these introductory training videos on the use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment). This series includes three simulated patient recordings with each portraying a realistic scenario focusing on one part of the SBIRT screening process (brief intervention, initiating brief treatment, referral to treatment).   The Great Lakes ATTC and MHTTC also offer live virtual trainings on SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). These trainings take place on a recurring basis throughout the year, and they are perfect for those who are new to MI and SBIRT, as well as practitioners who are interested in refreshing their knowledge and skills in an interactive virtual learning environment. Check out our 2023 Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT Training Schedule landing page for more information and to register!   Watch the Introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training Video. (57 min.)     Watch the Introduction to SBIRT for FQHCs Training Video. (18 min.) This video presents supplementary introductory information specific to FQHCs. It is recommended everyone watch the full intro video first.      Watch the SBIRT: A Brief Intervention for Alcohol & Cannabis Use Simulated Patient Training. (15 min.)     Watch the SBIRT: Initiating Brief Treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Simulated Patient Training Video. (18 min.)     Watch the SBIRT: Referral to Treatment Simulated Patient Training Video. (18 min.)     Don't forget to subscribe to the official YouTube channel of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC, The Great Lakes Current! We upload brand new content and resources every week that help support the SUD, behavioral health, mental health, and prevention workforces of our region. Be sure to subscribe and turn on notifications so that you can be the first to access new content as soon as it's available!
Published: November 21, 2022
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Crisis Line Response: Helping People with Personality Disorders Recording   DESCRIPTION: A universal experience of crisis call centers is burnout among staff because of seemingly endless, often repetitive interactions with callers who are in distress and suicidal but do not respond to the usual suggestions of self-care or follow-up. An hour-long phone call can leave the worker exhausted and the caller in worse shape than at the beginning of the call. These are callers with personality disorders. They have a different agenda than the crisis worker.    This 1-hour training will provide basic information about personality disorders – specifically borderline personality, dependent personality, and histrionic personality. We will make a distinction between personality related symptoms and symptoms from primary anxiety and depression. We will also talk about the interaction patterns and some interventions that might be useful.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Have a good understanding of the most common interactional patterns seen in people with borderline, dependent, and histrionic personality disorders Be able to distinguish personality disorder depression from major depressive disorder Receive guidance in distinguishing an acute suicidal crisis from chronic suicidal behavior Learn how to set realistic goals for a limited interaction with personality disordered callers     SPEAKER: Dr. David Mays, MD, PhD, is a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin, where he is a clinical adjunct assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Psychiatric AsSsociation. Dr. Mays has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance on Mental Illness in Dane County, the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Health and Family Services, the Outstanding Professional Award from the Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and the Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award from the Wisconsin National Alliance on Mental Illness.      The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: November 2, 2022
Multimedia
Let’s Talk about Intimate Partner Violence: Family-Centered Approaches for Domestic Violence: Keeping Survivors' and Children's Needs in Mind (Part 5) DESCRIPTION: This webinar will focus on the foundations of family-centered work with survivors and introduce the Family Centered Toolkit for Domestic Violence Programs. Discussion will include guidance for using the toolkit and strategies for supporting well-being, safety, and the bonds between survivors of intimate partner violence and their children.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe the importance of an integrated approach that supports parent-child relationships and families with a range of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and developmentally sensitive services Discuss ways to use the Family Centered Tooklit for Domestic Violence Programs Explain strategies to support the wellbeing, and safety of IPV survivors and their children List accessible resources for DV advocates, program staff, and supervisors to enhance and sustain family-centered services within DV programs     PRESENTER: Cathy Cave, Senior Training Consultant, The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health   Cathy Cave has more than 30 years’ experience as an administrator, facilitator and consultant specializing in cultural inclusion, equity, anti-racism work and disparities elimination, trauma informed services and supports, organizational development, supervisory practice and leadership coaching within child welfare, juvenile justice, disaster response, health care, mental health, and substance use services. She is one of New York State’s early trauma champions, coordinating county collaboratives and clinical training trauma conferences. For the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, Cathy is engaged in internal and external planning, development, and change initiatives. She provides in-person and virtual training, TA, and curriculum development supporting programs, coalitions, other technical assistance centers, governmental bodies and community-based organizations. Since 2012 as a Senior Training Consultant with NCDVTMH, she utilizes her survivor, family, community and administrative perspectives to facilitate organizational change to improve service quality at local, state and national levels.       The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: October 27, 2022
Multimedia
The Great Lakes MHTTC in partnership with People Incorporated Mental Health Services of Minnesota is pleased to offer this new training video on de-escalation. The video explains the importance of de-escalation and provides evidence-based de-escalation practices for service providers and mental health professionals. The content of the video was researched, compiled, and recorded by People Incorporated Training Institute.    
Published: October 24, 2022
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The Great Lakes MHTTC in partnership with People Incorporated Mental Health Services of Minnesota is pleased to offer this new training video on trauma-informed practices. The video explains the importance of using a trauma-informed approach when helping those affected by trauma and provides helpful information on the appropriate use of trauma-informed practices for service providers and mental health professionals. The content of the video was researched, compiled, and recorded by People Incorporated Training Institute.    
Published: October 24, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The October 2022 issue closes out our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (observed Sept.15-Oct.15) with new episodes of the Checking In Podcast. This issue also features information and resources that support National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. You will also find links to all the upcoming events and trainings for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. 
Published: October 21, 2022
Multimedia
  Host: Isa Velez Echevarria, PsyD Featured Guest: Adriana Alejandre, LMFT, Founder of Latinx Therapy and Host of Latinx Therapy Podcast   ****Este podcast es en Español.****   We invite you to check in with Isa Velez and Adriana Alejandre as they celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, discuss the importance of providing culturally appropriate services for Hispanic/Latinx communities, and share with listeners a variety of projects and resources specific to supporting behavioral health for Hispanic/Latinx populations.  (Listening time: 18 min., 22 sec.)      Adriana Alejandre, LMFT Adriana Alejandre is a trauma psychotherapist and speaker from Los Angeles, California. She specializes in serving adults who struggle with PTSD and severe traumas at her own private practice. In recent years, she has also offered her services as part of disaster relief efforts for those traumatized and distressed by Hurricane Harvey and the Las Vegas shooting. Adriana is the founder of Latinx Therapy, a national directory of Latinx Therapists and global, bilingual podcast that provides education to combat the stigma of mental health on the ground, and in the digital spaces. Adriana’s expertise has been featured in LA Times, Telemundo, USA Today, the New York Times and Buzzfeed, among many others. In 2019, she won Hispanizice’s TECLA award for Best Social Good Content award, and in 2020 she was one of five Latinx influencers chosen for the #YoSoy Instagram and Hispanic Heritage Foundation award. Adriana’s mission is to create spaces to spark dialogue about mental health struggles and strengths in the Latinx community.   Latinx Therapy Podcast Latinx Therapy Website, Service Provider Directory, & Other Resources
Published: October 14, 2022
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  Host: Isa Velez Echevarria, PsyD Featured Guest: Adriana Alejandre, LMFT, Founder of Latinx Therapy and Host of Latinx Therapy Podcast   ****This podcast was recorded in English.****   We invite you to check in with Isa Velez and Adriana Alejandre as they celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, discuss the importance of providing culturally appropriate services for Hispanic/Latinx communities, and share with listeners a variety of projects and resources specific to supporting behavioral health for Hispanic/Latinx populations.  (Listening time: 20 min., 49 sec.)      Adriana Alejandre, LMFT Adriana Alejandre is a trauma psychotherapist and speaker from Los Angeles, California. She specializes in serving adults who struggle with PTSD and severe traumas at her own private practice. In recent years, she has also offered her services as part of disaster relief efforts for those traumatized and distressed by Hurricane Harvey and the Las Vegas shooting. Adriana is the founder of Latinx Therapy, a national directory of Latinx Therapists and global, bilingual podcast that provides education to combat the stigma of mental health on the ground, and in the digital spaces. Adriana’s expertise has been featured in LA Times, Telemundo, USA Today, the New York Times and Buzzfeed, among many others. In 2019, she won Hispanizice’s TECLA award for Best Social Good Content award, and in 2020 she was one of five Latinx influencers chosen for the #YoSoy Instagram and Hispanic Heritage Foundation award. Adriana’s mission is to create spaces to spark dialogue about mental health struggles and strengths in the Latinx community.   Latinx Therapy Podcast Latinx Therapy Website, Service Provider Directory, & Other Resources
Published: October 14, 2022
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  Host: Isa Velez Echevarria, PsyD Featured Guest: Maureen Dee, MSW, MBA   ****This podcast was recorded in English.****   We invite you to check in with Isa Velez and Maureen Dee as they celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, discuss the importance of providing culturally appropriate services for Hispanic/Latinx communities, and share with listeners a variety of projects and resources specific to supporting behavioral health for Hispanic/Latinx populations.  (Listening time: 41 min., 37 sec.)      Maureen Dee, MSW, MBA Maureen Dee retired in 2019 from her position of Executive Director of Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Programs at Catholic Charities Corporation, in the Diocese of Cleveland.  Since graduating from CWRU/MSASS in 1978 (Master’s in Social Work), she went to work at Catholic Counseling Center in Cleveland, as a bilingual social worker. She subsequently earned an MBA from Cleveland State in 1985. Maureen was born and raised in Uruguay, South America, and is committed to serving the Hispanic Community. Starting with her course of study at MSASS, she specialized in program planning and alcohol treatment. She started various programs for juvenile justice-involved adolescents who presented with a concern about their use of alcohol and/or other drugs. She developed an expertise in the delivery of alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention at Catholic Charities and managed all of Catholic Charities’ behavioral health programs in Cuyahoga County, including 4 Matt Talbot residential treatment centers.  She worked in Cleveland’s Catholic Social Services system for 41 years. Maureen facilitated the start of the first Hispanic Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outpatient Program in Ohio (the Hispanic UMADAOP) which was housed temporarily under Catholic Charities and then became its own 501 C 3 organization under Miguel Prieto.  She helped start Hispanic Alliance, Inc., a consortium of Hispanic-serving organizations to promote collaboration and enhance funding for the needs in the Hispanic community. She was also instrumental in securing the zoning and funding to establish Hispanic UMADAOP’s Casa ALMA residential treatment center for latinos, also the first in Ohio.  She has served on various Ohio State and Cuyahoga County strategic and planning committees, including the Ohio Recovery Council under Governor Richard Celeste which was instrumental in forming the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS); was appointed to serve on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Credentialing Board for 8 years (now the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board); was instrumental in developing the adolescent criteria for determining placement in treatment levels of care (a precursor to the ASAM criteria); was on the Cuyahoga County Service Coordination Team under the Families and Children First Council which coordinated child placements for the Department of Children and Family Services and the Juvenile Court; and was on many other committees and collaborations with the intent of advancing alcohol, other drug addiction and mental health treatment and prevention services for special populations, in particular adolescents and minorities. Maureen currently serves on the Hispanic Roundtable and on the governing boards of LATINA, Inc., the MetroHealth System and the Brittingham Memorial Medical Library at MetroHealth, and is also on the Board of Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, which serves the HIV/AIDS population.  Maureen is a member of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University. She is a mentor for Master’s students in their Leadership Fellows Program and she is also a mentor for College Now first time college-bound Hispanic students transitioning from the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD).  
Published: October 14, 2022
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  National Center for School Mental Health Advancing School Mental Health Annual Conference Presentation: Effective School-Based Suicide Prevention     DESCRIPTION: Schools are key settings for suicide prevention. Educators, administrators, social workers, counselors, and all school staff play an important role in creating safe schools that support the mental health needs of all students and reduce the risk of suicide. The most effective way to accomplish this is for districts to adopt a comprehensive, culturally relevant, evidence-based approach that incorporates prevention, intervention and postvention strategies. The School-Based Suicide Prevention Learning Collaborative was designed to help school districts apply process improvement principles to their current suicide prevention efforts with the goal to strengthen their comprehensive suicide plan districtwide.       LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Define key components of a comprehensive, culturally relevant school suicide prevention plan Discuss suicide related risks among racial and ethnic minority students  Summarize lessons learned from a Michigan school district that created a suicide prevention plan utilizing this model      PRESENTERS: Sarah McMinn, MSW, LCSW Tandra Rutledge, MA Elizabeth Dodson-Walker, LMSW           The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: October 13, 2022
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Centering Youth Voices & Prioritizing Youth Engagement with PATCH (Providers and Teens Connecting for Health)   DESCRIPTION: Join PATCH as they introduce this webinar series and set the stage for successful youth engagement in school based mental health. You'll learn about the PATCH Model for Youth Engagement and how you too can center youth voice and get a sneak peak of sessions to come for the 2022–2023 school year!     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Learn about PATCH's unique Model for Youth Engagement Identify what makes youth engagement strategies successful Explore ways youth and be centered and involved in school-based mental health      PRESENTER: Erica Koepsel, MA Erica Koepsel is the PATCH Director of Youth Engagement. With a Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and experience as a sexual health educator for diverse groups of youth in Topeka, KS, and Minneapolis, MN, Erica Koepsel joined the PATCH team in 2015 to continue her passion for improving health education for adolescents and young adults.  In her current role with PATCH, she enjoys combining her background in health education with advocacy while also working with Teen Educators to promote open and honest communication about tough topics.     The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: October 12, 2022
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Let’s Talk about Intimate Partner Violence: Overdose Prevention and Intimate Partner Violence–Unique Risks, Needs, and Strategies (Part 4)     DESCRIPTION: Being abused by an intimate partner can increase the risk of accidental overdose while at the same time isolating survivors from potential sources of safety. Additionally, the stigma and criminalization of substance use is often leveraged by unsafe partners to further abuse and control survivors, increasing the risk of harm, marginalization, and overdose. This session will provide an overview of overdose risk factors and how they intersect with intimate partner violence and substance use coercion, as well as how to tailor evidence-based overdose prevention strategies to better support survivors.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify main overdose risk factors in survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Explain the intersections between IPV and substance user coercion. Describe evidence-based overdose prevention strategies for IPV survivors.     PRESENTER: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is the Associate Director at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, as well as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where they direct the Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting people impacted by structural and interpersonal violence and their traumatic effects through innovative and evidence-based clinical, housing, resource advocacy, peer-led, and HIV-integrated care programs. Currently, Gabriela authors best practices, leads national capacity-building efforts, and provides trauma-informed policy consultation to advance health equity and social justice.     The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: October 4, 2022
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Let’s Talk about Intimate Partner Violence: Working at the Intersections of Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence–What Every Provider Needs to Know (Part 3)     DESCRIPTION: It has long been recognized that abuse by an intimate partner can have traumatic mental health and substance use effects. Research has found high rates of both past and current intimate partner violence (IPV) among people in substance use disorder and mental health care settings. A growing body of evidence has found that abuse is often targeted at a partner’s substance use and mental health in deliberate attempts to undermine and control survivors and keep them from achieving their recovery goals. These forms of abuse, known as substance use coercion and mental health coercion, not only jeopardize the well-being of survivors and their children, but also compromise the effectiveness of mental health and substance use disorder treatment. This session will clarify the relationship between IPV and substance use, as well as prepare participants to increase awareness of and better support survivors experiencing substance use coercion.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe ways of substance use coercion. Explain how substance use and mental health coercion influence in the effectiveness of treatment. Identify how clinicians can support individuals that experienced substance user coercion.     PRESENTER: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is the Associate Director at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, as well as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where they direct the Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting people impacted by structural and interpersonal violence and their traumatic effects through innovative and evidence-based clinical, housing, resource advocacy, peer-led, and HIV-integrated care programs. Currently, Gabriela authors best practices, leads national capacity-building efforts, and provides trauma-informed policy consultation to advance health equity and social justice.     The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: September 29, 2022
Interactive Resource
  The Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC have created an online flipbook for the Alcohol is STILL a Drug series. Alcohol is STILL a Drug is comprised of ten 30-minute videos recorded between September 2021–August 2022. Each video addresses the impacts of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and is presented by a leading professional in that field.    You can view the flipbook online or you can download a PDF version. The videos and supplemental resources are accessible in either format.      ABOUT THE SERIES: The opioid crisis, increasing stimulant misuse, and marijuana legalization often dominate the news—yet alcohol remains the number one substance negatively impacting physical health, mental health, social engagement, and financial stability for individuals throughout the US.   While this series will focus on the hopefulness of recovery from AUD, it will also take a deep dive into what we know about the full impact of alcohol overuse and the ways it affects everyone, even those who do not personally misuse alcohol.   The Alcohol Is Still a Drug series offers viewers the following learning objectives: Summarize the current impacts of problematic alcohol use in various/special populations, including pregnant women, youth, rural, and minority populations Assess and prioritize alcohol reduction efforts in targeted settings Describe the current efforts to curb problematic alcohol use, including best practices in providing treatment Understand the importance of person-centered approaches to treatment and recovery  
Published: September 19, 2022
Interactive Resource
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15 in the United States to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans in the United States. While Hispanics have made and continue to make significant contributions to society, health inequities persist. This year, join the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and the Great Lakes MHTTC in our learning challenge as we seek to gain a better understanding of the Hispanic heritage, culture, barriers to behavioral health care, and how to address the systemic inequities faced by this growing population.   Connect with us on Facebook and share your most impactful and motivating takeaways from participating in the challenge!   This educational resource was created by OACBHA in partnership with the Great Lakes MHTTC. 
Published: September 14, 2022
Print Media
The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHAM) created infographics based on data gathered in their recent statewide behavioral telehealth survey. This resource demonstrates the reported rates of behavioral telehealth use patterns prior to and throughout the height of the pandemic. The survey findings underscore the state's need for improved telehealth access and continued training support for Michigan’s behavioral healthcare providers. The CMHAM formed the Michigan Behavioral Telehealth Resource Center to strengthen innovative care delivery models and increase the use of evidence-based technologies to improve access to and the quality of behavioral health care. The Resource Center provides multi-level supports for behavioral telehealth, including an online curated resource library, telehealth alert communications, and a statewide advisory group that facilitates partnerships with Medicaid state leadership staff and national policy institutes. CMHA in partnership with public sector consultants also organized provider/consumer focus groups that offer comprehensive data on telehealth use, satisfaction, and barriers.   
Published: September 13, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The September 2022 issue celebrates National Recovery Month and the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month (observed Sept.15-Oct.15). This issue also features new products, such as the Alcohol Is Still a Drug webinar series flipbook and the MHTTC Network's Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity WISE companion training series. Don't miss SAMHSA Assistant Secretary, Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon's video address in honor of National Recovery Month. You will also find links to all the upcoming events and trainings for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. 
Published: September 5, 2022
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