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National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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The National Council for Mental Wellbeing will host Overdose Prevention Across the Continuum of Care: Strategies from the Field, the first of a two-part series, from 3:30 pm–5:00 pm on Monday, March 21. You can register for the event here.

Presenters will discuss a range of evidence-based strategies that have been successfully implemented across the continuum of care to prevent overdose and improve the health of people who use drugs and have substance use disorders, including those with co-occurring serious mental illness.

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a favorable advisory opinion regarding contingency management (CM), an evidence-based approach for treating substance use disorders (SUD) that uses financial incentives to reward healthy behavior, such as abstinence and treatment retention, according to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

CM has been shown to be an effective approach for those with SUD in more than 100 randomized controlled trials over 50 years. Evidence shows it can double abstinence rates across opioids, stimulants, alcohol, tobacco, and nicotine, compared to usual care alone. It is the most effective and most evidence-based treatment for stimulant use disorders. In 2021, the Biden Administration declared advancing CM among its drug policy priorities.

The advisory opinion clears the way for CM for routine use in publicly funded substance use treatment programs and healthcare facilities under federal reimbursement, including Medicaid.

Read the full press release.

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The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted an environmental scan to determine how overdose prevention and response efforts are currently implemented in community corrections. This effort included a literature review, 19 key informant interviews, and a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of individuals with experience in community corrections, overdose prevention, or harm reduction.

Key findings, along with the full report, are available on the National Council’s website.

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We are excited to announce the National Council for Mental Wellbeing Conference will be held in-person on April 11–13, 2022, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. As we have done in previous years, RCPA will host a Pennsylvania Reception at the National Council Conference. The PA Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. As we near the event, additional details will be provided.

We hope to count on your organization to sponsor this exciting event — and we’ll be back in person! Our members and Pennsylvania providers look forward to this networking event to share their experiences and discuss new trends and initiatives. We depend on our sponsors for support of this PA Reception. Historically there have been approximately 350 PA registrants at the NC Conference, and more than half of them attended the PA Reception, along with several NC staff, presenters, and invited guests. In the past, this reception has been extremely well attended and is a highlight of the conference for PA registrants.

We thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you. We thank all previous sponsors and hope we can count on your continued sponsorship. Please contact Tina Miletic with any questions. We thank you for your continued support of RCPA activities.

COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement: The National Council will implement health-and-safety protocols appropriate to the public health circumstances existing at the time of the conference. Those protocols may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 status;
  • self-monitoring;
  • biometric screening;
  • symptom checkers;
  • contact tracing;
  • wearing a mask mandate;
  • use of additional personal protective equipment, social distancing, and space management; and/or
  • other similar measures.

Compliance with some or all of the protocols adopted by the National Council may be mandatory for in-person attendance and participation at the conference. Additional information regarding the specific health and safety measures, and any necessary consents by you, will be communicated to attendees prior to the first day of the Conference.