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Black Mental Health Matters | A Two-Part Webinar Series in Honor of National Black History Month

Black Mental Health Matters is a webinar facilitated by Dr. Eunice Peterson, a board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. The webinar is an interactive presentation with a question and answer (Q&A) session designed to provide participants with an understanding of how racism impacts mental health.

Registration is required for this FREE event. Dates, times, and registration links can be found below:

  • PART I: Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm • Register Here
  • PART II: Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm • Register Here

For more information on this webinar, please see this flyer.

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Life Unites Us: Language & Stigma – Why Our Words Matter

January 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Better understand the impact that language has on stigma and why our words matter;
  • Gain expert insight and learn about tools to combat stigma; and
  • Connect with committed individuals and peer organizations across Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register here. You can learn more about the webinar through this flyer.

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Hello Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Stakeholders,

I hope you are well, safe, and healthy as we start the new year.

I would like to share updates on the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination process as well as provide tips on how you can prepare your organizations to receive the vaccine.

Vaccination Process

Last Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) released the fourth version of its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan. The plan is both fluid and flexible to meet the latest federal guidance and recommendations. It will continue to receive updates. DOH released this version with a feedback form that invites public comment on the plan. This feedback will help inform Pennsylvania’s vaccination planning.

Pennsylvania continues to work its way through the initial phase of vaccine distribution – Phase 1A. This phase is focused on frontline, health-care personnel, emergency medical first responders, and long-term care facility residents. The time it will take to complete this phase is influenced by factors such as:

  • The limited amount of available vaccine;
  • Which vaccines are available;
  • The storage capabilities of private/public partners; and
  • Pennsylvania’s allocation from the federal government.

Many of DDAP’s stakeholders will be in the next phase of vaccinations, Phase 1B. While the above factors make it difficult to determine when or where that phase will start, there are several things you can do to prepare your organizations.

How to Prepare

Identify one nearby hospital or health-care system enrolled to provide the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Monday, the Department of Health launched its Pennsylvania Vaccine Provider Map. This map shows all entities that are enrolled to provide the vaccine. Using this map, you should identify a nearby location where your staff can get the vaccine at the appropriate time.
  • The map identifies contact information for the specific location’s vaccine liaison. Connect with the individual to ensure that you have all necessary information to prepare your staff.

Prioritize Staff

  • Due to vaccine availability, your entire staff might not be able to receive vaccine at the same time. Be prepared to prioritize those staff who are at the greatest risk for exposure.
  • Encourage staff to visit their primary care physicians to review their medical history, ensuring that they are eligible for vaccination.

Prepare Necessary Documentation for Staff

  • Staff will have to provide proof of occupation to receive the vaccine. This could include a state license or certification, letter from their employer on organization letterhead, facility identification/security badge, or other proof of occupation. Ensure that these documents are ready.

Stay Informed

  • For the most up-to-date information on Pennsylvania’s vaccine distribution, I encourage each of you to regularly visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine portion of their website as well as their news section, which provides updates on how much vaccine and where the vaccine has been received in Pennsylvania. Feel free to utilize the COVID-19 vaccine toolkit, which provides vaccine development background, facts, and graphics for your facilities and social media channels.

DDAP’s Commitment

DDAP’s commitment to each of you is to be transparent throughout the vaccine planning process. We are working closely with the Department of Health to provide information to you as quickly as possible, but I ask for your continued patience as the logistics are developed and finalized. Thank you for your continued patience as more information becomes available and for your continued partnership in ensuring that all members of Pennsylvania’s drug and alcohol system remain safe.

Questions can be forwarded to Derrick Pelletier.

Be well,

Jen Smith
DDAP Secretary

Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Discussion

Friday, February 19, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is hosting this event to bring awareness to maternal mental health and the stigma associated with substance use disorders. The panelists will discuss Opioid Use Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), and the Healthy Families America Safe Start program. There will also be a brief question and answers (Q&A) session at the end of the presentation. This event will be recorded and made available on the commission website.

Panelists:

  • Melissa Patti, MSW, LCSW – Director of Program Initiatives at the Maternity Care Coalition
  • Gary Stoner, MD – Director, Women’s Health Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Program at Geisinger Medical Center
  • Robin VanEerden, MS, LPC, NADD-CC – Clinical Director of Intellectual Disabilities Division at Merakey

For more information on this event, see this flyer.

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The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) recently put out three funding announcements related to the Substance Abuse Education Demand and Reduction Act. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for all three solicitations; however, the Categories Two and Three Funding Announcement is more specific in what type of nonprofit can apply.

Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 Funds – Adult and Youth Focus

  • The Office of Justice Programs announces the availability of Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction (SAEDR) Category One funds for the implementation of new projects focused on the adult community through the release of the 2020 Substance Abuse Education, Category 1 – Adult funding announcement. Funding is available for nonprofit organizations to provide research-based approaches to prevention, intervention, training, treatment, and education services to reduce substance use or to provide resources to assist families in accessing these services.
  • PCCD is accepting applications for funding under the state Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction (SAEDR) Fund, which exists to support projects designed to educate the public about the dangers of substance abuse and/or reduce demand for these substances. The act mandates the use of SAEDR funds to award grants in specifically defined categories to eligible organizations. Funding is available for nonprofit organizations to serve youth with research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, training, treatment, and education.

Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category Two and Three Funds

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) Office of Justice Programs announces the availability of Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction (SAEDR) Category Two and Category Three funds to support the implementation of strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania communities. Under this solicitation, funds are being made available for projects designed to educate the public about the dangers of substance use and/or reduce demand for these substances under the following two categories:

  • Category Two funds are intended to educate youth, caregivers of youth, and employers about the dangers of substance abuse. They are also intended to increase the awareness of the benefits of a drug-free Pennsylvania through media-related efforts that may include public service announcements, public awareness campaigns, and media literacy. Special consideration will be given to projects that focus on the use of opiates within the commonwealth.
  • Category Three funds are intended to educate employers, unions, and employees about the dangers of substance use in the workplace. They are also intended to provide comprehensive drug-free workplace programs and technical resources for businesses, including, but not limited to, training for working parents to keep their children drug-free.

For more information about PCCD grants, please visit the PCCD website. If you are interested in receiving notices when PCCD funding announcements become available, please sign up for notifications here.

Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional-Aged Youth, and their Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional-Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Youth and Family TREE). The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18) and transitional-aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD) and their families/primary caregivers. SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 17 awards of up to $545,000 per year for up to five years. Application Due Date: Monday, February 8, 2021

Building Communities of Recovery

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR). The purpose of this program is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community in order to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. SAMHSA plans to issue 19 awards of $200,000 per year for up to three years. Application Due Date: Monday, February 15, 2021

Enhanced Prevention Learning Series (EPLS): Leveraging Systems Change in Substance Misuse Prevention

Tuesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)

This six-week distance learning series offers an interactive experience for participants to explore the role of systems change in substance misuse prevention. The distance learning series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussion. Other session dates include:

  • January 13, 2021
  • January 20, 2021
  • January 27, 2021
  • February 3, 2021
  • February 10, 2021

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit in the School of Pharmacy are leading a series of trainings to promote the practice of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) throughout 2021. This training series will provide health-care professionals and students with the opportunity to learn about the evidence-based practice and how to implement innovative practices into the current workflow.

Participants will receive continuing education credits upon completion of the following:

  • Part 1: Online, Self-Paced SBIRT Curriculum (6 hours)
  • Part 2: Virtual Interactive Skill-Building Seminar (3 hours)
  • Part 3: Post-Series Assessment

Registration is FREE and will open in early 2021. See this flyer for further details and stay tuned for more information.