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This month, Senator Elizabeth Warren released a report titled Fighting Back: Massachusetts Health Care Providers and the Opioid Crisis.
Of the 80 surveys that were sent out, 51 provider organizations and facilities responded. The report discusses the overal opioid crisis in Massachusetts, including overdose death data, and gives a brief overview of the State's treatment system.
The major findings are that:
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Deborah Strod and Jen Parks presented a webinar on the Careers of Substance website to a live audience. The "State Solutions in Workforce Series: Innovations in Developing Behavioral Health Workforce" began in September, 2016, and has presented three previous webinars:
The American Board of Prevention Medicine (a member board of the Amercian Board of Medical Specialties) worked with the Addiction Medicine Foundation to develop the Addiction Medicine Subspecialty Certification and examination, which meets ABPM and ABMS standards. Click here for FAQs.
North Shore Community College and Northern Essex Community Colleges, both of which have Approved Addiction Education Program certificate courses for those working towards their LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) licensure, are offering additional opportunities to learn about substance use and addictions.
About the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AP)
The NMFP-AC will increase the number of culturally-competent Master’s Level addiction counselors available to serve underserved and minority populations, and transition age youth (ages 16-25) by providing tuition stipends, training, professional guidance, and mentoring to students enrolled either in an addictions counseling Master’s program or a Master’s program with a concentration in addictions counseling from an accredited institution.
A new Whitepaper by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), "Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Health Care Systems," brings to light a problem that a range of education institutions in Massachusetts have recently begun to address.
SAMHSA has released an online, interactive, shared decisionmaking tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, has released the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. "...this Report aims to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance use disorders while defining actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions."
Along with the full report, a number of helpful Supplementary Materials are also available for use by consumers, providers, and advocates.