Dialogue eNewsletter, October 2016
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Central East ATTC’s eNewsletter

Monthly Health Check

October 2016

Upcoming Training Events

Oct 19-20 Motivational Interviewing and Smoking Cessation, Eaglewood, MD
Oct 28
Delaware Training Symposium, Dover, DE
Oct 28
Domestic Violence Awareness Conference, Marion, VA
Nov 4
What's New: DC, Washington, DC
Please visit our complete training calendar.

Importance of Screening

Why is mental health screening incredibly important? And why should it be offered as early as adolescence throughout one's life? It could make one significant difference - between life and death. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children aged 10-14 and the second for youth between 15 and 24 years old. New data indicates that 37 percent of 11-17 year olds screen for severe depression.

Screenings for physical health are done routinely and without question. Screenings for behavioral health are not -- but are no less important. Screening for addictions and mental illness is the first step to early intervention. We know that evidence-based early intervention can often prevent suicide, serious impairment, and overdose, not to mention unemployment, homelessness, and poverty. 
October 6th is National Depression Screening Day (see Monthly Health Check above). We are part of the movement to ensure that all patient care providers implement Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Request a training online or email us.

Additional resources:
SAMHSA resources
NPR piece on screening in schools

SAMHSA Region III ATTC Webinar Series:

Opioid Overdose Response:
Reversal, Referral, Recovery

  • Oct 26: Peers in the Emergency Department Case Study and Model
  • Nov 3: PA Warm Handoff and WV 24/7 Referral Systems
  • Nov 9: Health System-wide Sustainable Peer Program Best Practice
View details here.

Language Matters

"Addict, abuser, alcoholic: The language used to refer to people can exert a powerful impact on both perceptions and expectations."

A new ATTC Network initiative promotes using the "people first" language, which is discussed in the ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog.

We'd Like to Hear From You

The Central East ATTC is committed to meeting the needs of all behavioral health workers in our region (HHS Region III). We would like to know what training, education, and communication needs are most important to you and how we can meet them. Email us or call (240) 645-1145 with any suggestions, requests, or comments so that we can make your work easier and more successful.
Connections Corner


National Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment ATTC

As defined by SAMHSA, "SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders."

Many people use substances, but how do we talk about it better and how can we get people help if they need it? SBIRT is public health and harm reduction model that takes a public health approach to get these questions answered.

Screening quickly assesses for the presence of risky substance use, follows positive screens with further assessment of problem use, and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.

Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.

Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

The SBIRT ATTC provides a suite of services, including: a National Registry of SBIRT Trainers, webinars, technical assistance, downloadable products, and much more.

Making The News in Region 3
Topics/Focus Areas
Addiction Medications
Cultural Competence
Opioid Epidemic
Peer Support
Tobacco Addiction
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