Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders Resources


State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA)
  • The State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA), known as the Opioid Response Network, was created to support efforts to address opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery, and to provide education and training at the local level in evidence-based practices.  This project was funded by SAMHSA to provide local expertise in communities to help address the opioid public health crisis. The main goal is to respond quickly to requests for education and training resources to address the opioid crisis.
Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS)
  • Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) is a national training and clinical mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid misuse epidemic and the availability of pharmacotherapies to treat opioid use disorder.  PCSS trains health professionals to provide effective, evidence-based, medication-assisted treatments to patients with opioid use disorder in primary care, psychiatric care, substance use disorder treatment, and pain management settings.
Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA)
  • The purpose of this program is to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities on addressing opioid issues affecting these communities.  The grantees facilitate the identification of model programs, develop and update materials related to the prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD), and ensure that high-quality training is provided.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
  • NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.
SAMHSA Helpline
  • Part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website, find articles, guides and a Help line here.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and its consequences.
C4 Innovations
  • Their training and technical assistance and consulting services spark learning and transformation through community change efforts, research and evaluation, and innovative product development and dissemination. Their work spans the continuum from prevention and early intervention strategies to housing solutions and recovery supports—all with a focus on transforming lives, systems, and communities.  Their expertise includes Best practices for person-centered and trauma-informed care, Recovery from substance use and mental health conditions and Roles and supports for peers and people with lived experience.  Also has a robust podcast page on various topics.
Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Region 10 SAMHSA-funded center through the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI).  Includes topics such as:  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) information, Telehealth Resources, and Motivational Interviewing.  Also has a Motivational Interviewing podcast series page.

Event Listing & Training Center Sites

Northwest ATTC Webinar Series

  • The Northwest ATTC's monthly webinar series, which began with their first installment, January 31, 2018, will feature presentations on a wide range of topics of interest to the region.  Watch archived webinars below, and sign up for their mailing list if you'd like to get alerted when registration for upcoming webinars is open.

  • Free and low-cost learning, and low-cost continuing education credits available. Many courses on substance use and treatment approaches.

Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest

  • Low-cost training in Washington and Oregon for staff, interns, and volunteers of member agencies and other professional caregivers. All trainings meet all standards of and are recognized for CE from NAADAC, the Washington State Department of Health, and the ACCBO.

Conferences and Trainings in Seattle & the Northwest

  • The UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute’s curated list of training provided by organizations in the region.

NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals

  • Calendar of national training and conferences curated by NAADAC.

Distance Learning Center for Addiction Studies (DLCAS)

  • Approved as a training provider by NAADAC, with CE also available from NBCC and state certification/licensure boards. Includes training about cultural humility, ethics, family, treatment, prevention, and more.

NAADAC Webinar Series

  • NAADAC hosts multiple webinars per month, all of which are eligible for continuing education credit (free for members, $15-35 for non-members).

Prevention Research Institute

  • Training for professionals in both prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, with a focus on motivational interviewing, the transtheoretical model of behavioral change, and the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Model. Also offers “new instructor” training for those who want to be able to teach others their models.

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS)

  • National training and clinical mentoring project developed in response to the opioid use disorder crisis. Offers online and in-person training, including free 8-hour buprenorphine waiver training for physicians and other prescribers.

Toolkits & Guides

​​​​SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

  • SAMHSA offers tools for patients and providers about opioid use disorder, overdose, tools, and best practices.

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder 

  • SAMHSA released an update regarding medications for opioid use disorder and includes other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people who use opioids.

Strategies to Address the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness

  • This toolkit identifies strategies that communities, providers, and policymakers can use to address the intersection of homelessness and the opioid crisis.

How to Integrate Pharmacotherapy for Substance Use Disorders at Your Mental Health Clinic

  • A Step-By-Step Guide for Screening and Treating Adults with Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Alcohol and/or Opioid Use Disorders with Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health Clinics



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