ADAI eNews
September 6, 2017    

WASBIRTNew Online SBIRT Training for Washington Providers

SBIRT (Sreening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach for early identification and intervention with patients whose patterns of alcohol and/or drug use put their health at risk.

This free online course, developed for physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other healthcare providers, is an agency-approved training for eligible practitioners to provide or supervise individuals providing SBIRT services, billable under Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).

The course is in six-modules: 1) SBIRT Overview, 2) Screening Patients for Unhealthy Substance Use, 3) Delivering a Brief Intervention, 4) Brief Interventions to Address Drug Use, 5) Refining Your Brief Interventions, and 6) Referral to Treatment.  You can pause when you want to and go back to complete the course later.

The training was prepared by the Northwest ATTC, Washington State Department of Health, and the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute under a contract from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other healthcare providers who complete the training may be eligible for CME or CEUs in addition to HCA certification.

Register for this free training and start here!

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September is Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

September 10-16 is National Wellness Week - National Wellness Week is a part of SAMHSA Wellness Initiative. This initiative “raises awareness of health disparities among people with serious mental and/ or substance use disorders and the general population.”

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and September 11-17 is National Suicide Prevention Week.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, along with its partners, are working to educate the public on ways to support people who are struggling or in crisis. For more information about each of the aforementioned campaigns check out the following links and additional resources.

National Suicide Prevention Life Line
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

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PNATTC Opens on October 1!

Beginning next month, the new Pacific NW Addiction Technology Center (PNATTC) will begin providing training and other services to providers in WA, AK, ID, and OR.  To join the PNATTC email list, please go to

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Also of Interest

The August 2017 issue of the ATTC Messenger focuses on the theme of the opioid epidemic in rural areas. The Featured Article, by Laura Louison, MSW, MSPH, is, "Build Context and Translate Research Over Time: How Implementation Science Can be Applied to Treat the Rural Opioid Epidemic."

Collaborative Care Shows Promise for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders (National Institute on Drug Abuse).

My Kid Just Completed Addiction Treatment. Now What? (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids).

How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction (National Geographic).

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Evaluated by Researchers (Medical Xpress).


NAADAC's 2017 Annual Conference

Join NAADAC in Denver, CO for the NAADAC 2017 Annual Conference at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from September 22-26, 2017! 

The 2017 Annual Conference will bring together over 800 attendees, 60+ sessions, six keynotes, and countless networking opportunities over five days. Earn up to 34.75 CEs! 

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Save the Date! 2017 King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum

When: Wednesday, November 8, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall – 301 Mercer St, Seattle

This forum will feature:

* Opportunity to connect with legislators & county councilmembers
* King County’s proposed behavioral health priorities for 2018
* Stories from individuals in behavioral health recovery
* Perspectives & priorities of legislators & county councilmembers

ADAI is proud to be one of dozens of organizations helping to co-sponsor this interesting and important event! 

To add the forum to your calendar, click "Add to Calendar" on the forum’s Eventbrite page. Registration is open.

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

Webinar: Understanding the Increase in Opioid Overdoses: NDEWS New Hampshire HotSpot Study Results
Date: September 12, 2017
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Webinar: Upcoming Webinar: Electronic Screen Addiction: Don’t Take My Ice Cream
Date: September 13, 2017 @ 12 pm - 1 pm
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Counselor Camp
Date: Sept. 15-17, 2017
Randle, WA
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2017 Annual NAMI WA State Conference
Date: September 15 -7, 2017
Olympia, WA
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Co-Occurring Disorders Conference
Date: October 16-17, 2017
Yakima, WA
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Four Directions Conference
Date: October 29-November 1, 2017
Olympia, WA
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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Registration is now open for the 2018 observance. NDAFW will be held January 22-28 2018.

More Trainings and Events:
ADAI Calendar of training events in Seattle and Washington.

Missed a previous newsletter? Treatment Update Archive.

Job Opportunities: See ADAI Employment.



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