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Despite the situation in Washington, October is here and providers need to be up to speed on the latest changes to health care in MA and across the country. Below are some resources that will help you help your clients and your agencies navigate and best respond to these new health care systems and structures.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.
Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
In light of the press surrounding a recently-published BMJ study, it is important for people working in our field to help our clients and others know that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are real and very serious.
Expansion was made in response to an internal 2012 survey, which showed that high numbers of medical residents felt their training in addiction and other substance use disorders had left them unprepared to diagnose or treat the conditions. Read the summary published online in the journal Substance Abuse.
Wikipedia defines Workforce Development as "an American economic development approach that attempts to enhance a region's [or sector's] economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people rather than businesses."
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network has released the results of its 2011-2012 study that looked at the workforce that serves individuals with substance use disorder (SUDs).
What Did They Find?
From smartphone apps that allow fast connections to support or automated alerts for a person when they enter an area that might be risky for their recovery, to computer simulations of walking through a crack house without using, technology is playing a bigger and bigger role in prevention, treatment and recovery support.
The National Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network is undergoing a large-scale workforce study, which will provide a current and accurate, we hope, snapshot of the state of the addictions workforce in the US.