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Training: Supporting People Who Use Drugs: Strategies for Service Providers (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

Description:

This three-hour training will offer participants an opportunity to explore reasons why people may use drugs, how we can assess risk using the “drug, set, setting” model, and how we can design our physical program spaces to support engagement among our participants and clients who use drugs.

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Workshop: Promising Policies & Practices in Overdose Prevention, Response, & Postvention (5 hours total)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, Trainers

Description:

This full-day workshop will provide space for individuals and agencies to think critically and practically about implementing new policies and practices, navigate barriers to implementation, address stigma, and develop a clear workplan. Prior to the workshop, participants should complete our core 4-hour training on opioid overdose ​rescue and prevention and review the OPRP publication.

This workshop is perfect for groups of 10-20 people. You can schedule a session for your agency by contacting Michael Leonard at [email protected]

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Community Naloxone Purchasing Program

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Resource Type: Website

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

Link: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/bulk-purchasing-of-naloxone

Description:

This program aims to fill gap between pharmacies and OEND programs through a streamlined system to order naloxone from the state.

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Housing as Harm Reduction Webinar

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Resource Type: Tool, Video/webinar

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services, General Public

Link: https://youtu.be/S88vhsOccBs

Description:

March, 30, 2022. The Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Project (now part of HRiA’s BeHERE Initiative), held their 11th successful summit, Housing as Harm Reduction: Exploring Models to Support People Who Use Drugs. Behavioral health service providers from across Massachusetts gathered to hear from expert speakers on the complex intersections that exist for unhoused people who use drugs, including keynote Brendan Little, former founding Policy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services. Mr. Little spoke about his own experience as a runaway youth who was homeless and used drugs.

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Training: Challenging Narratives: Understanding Alcohol Use from an Equity Lens (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, General Public

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This three-hour training will explore the definition and impacts of alcohol use, recognizing the spectrum of use from abstinence to addiction. Specifically, we will examine the social determinants of alcohol use and seek to understand and challenge inequities (e.g.racial, gender-based, etc.) in treatment and recovery.

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Illinois Helpline – Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR) resources for clinicians

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Resource Type: Tool, Website

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services

Link: https://helplineil.org/app/mar

Description:

This site offers support for Illinois-based clinicians providing MAR, also known as Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).

In the Toolkits, watch quick video guides for clinicians providing MAR and obtain streamlined MAR protocols with links to clinical tools, deeper learning resources, and patient materials.

Explore the Resource Library of guidelines, templates, patient materials, and learning modules.

Find ways to connect with mentors and other MAR clinicians.

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Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist Certificate

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Resource Type: Website

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees

Link: https://gamblinghelplinema.org/mapgs-certification/

Description:

The MA Problem Gambling Specialist Certificate is the official gambling treatment certificate of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The MA PGS Certificate recognizes professional experience, training, and understanding of gambling disorder, as informed by the DSM-V, among substance use disorder clinicians. It was created to help these clinicians understand and recognize the importance of screening, assessing, and treating gambling disorders among their clients

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Project Build Up

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Resource Type: Tool, Website

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

Link: https://hria.org/project-build-up/

Description:

Project Build Up (PBU) is designed to increase the availability of problem gambling treatment services in Massachusetts.

This program strengthens the capacity of outpatient substance use and gambling treatment agencies to provide or promote gambling treatment services. PBU focuses on communities of color, who experience disproportionate impact of problem gambling.

PBU is a Grant and Technical Assistance Initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Office of Problem Gambling Services (OPGS) and administered by Health Resources in Action (HRiA). 

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MA Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment (MTAC)

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Resource Type: Website

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services

Link: https://gamblinghelplinema.org/ta-center/

Description:

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment (M-TAC) provides capacity building and technical assistance (TA) services for treatment and recovery programs and providers across the Commonwealth.

The TA Center offers assistance in supporting:

  • Increased problem gambling treatment capacity
  • Organizational capacity building to address problem gambling treatment
  • Tracking methods, quality assurance standards, and program evaluation measures

Visit the site to find free training opportunities and to learn more about the MA Problem Gambling Services certificate.

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling Services.

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Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Health and Safety (MassCOSH)

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Resource Type: Website

Audience: Employees, General Public

Link: http://www.masscosh.org/

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MassCOSH strives to ensure that all workers earn their living and return home alive and well. MassCOSH unites workers, unions and community groups with environmental and health activists, to end dangerous work conditions, to organize for safe, secure jobs, and to advocate for healthy communities. Through training, technical assistance and building community/labor alliances, MassCOSH mobilizes its members and develops leaders in the movement to end unsafe work conditions. 

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Training: Preventing Injury, Pain & Opioid Use in the Workplace

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, General Public, Trainers

Description:

This training for employers will describe how workplace conditions may lead to injury, pain, and opioid use, explore strategies to create a work environment that will help prevent opioid use and addiction, and identify workplace strategies that support treatment and recovery.

This training can be tailored for Employers, Employees, and Trainers.

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Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline

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Resource Type: Helpline/Hotline, Website

Audience: General Public

Link: https://gamblinghelplinema.org/

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The MA Problem Gambling Helpline is the official problem gambling helpline of the MA Department of Public Health. We offer referrals to problem gambling treatment services and support resources. MA Problem Gambling Helpline services are free and confidential. Trained Specialists are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Vermont Helplink

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Resource Type: Helpline/Hotline, Website

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public

Link: https://vthelplink.org/

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VT Helplink is your statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Vermont.

Helplink services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists will help you or your loved one take a step toward recovery.

Funded by the Vermont Department of Health.

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Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline

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Resource Type: Helpline/Hotline, Website

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public

Link: https://helplinema.org/

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The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services in Massachusetts. Helpline services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you understand the treatment system and your options.

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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Illinois Helpline for Opioids & Other Substances

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Resource Type: Helpline/Hotline, Website

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public

Link: https://helplineil.org/app/home

Description:

The IL Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Illinois. The IL Helpline serves people using opioids and other substances, with or without insurance. The Helpline’s caring, trained Specialists are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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Engaging service providers as harm reductionists: Learning to implement harm reduction strategies amidst organizational and institutional barriers

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Resource Type: Article

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

Link: https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/456696

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This abstract describes a presentation from the APHA 2020 annual conference where we shared a framework of harm reduction and explore the ways that organizations can implement harm reduction practices within the confines of workplace policies that may conflict with harm reduction principles.

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Nothing For Us Without Us: Peer-Based Recovery Is The Latest In A Long History Of Consumer-Driven Movements

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Resource Type: Article

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public

Link: https://hria.org/2018/12/18/nothing-for-us-without-us-peer-based-recovery-is-the-latest-in-a-long-history-of-consumer-driven-movements/

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This blog post describes a growing movement that is revolutionizing how we approach substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and view recovery – changing our language, helping to remove stigma, and celebrating the hard work of maintaining sobriety. (HRiA.org 2018)

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Social Distancing and Recovery from Substance Use

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Resource Type: Article

Audience: Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public

Link: https://hria.org/2020/03/19/social-distancing-recovery/

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This article explores how people can continue in their recovery and stay healthy and how loved ones can help during this or any future public health crisis.

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Naloxone/overdose prevention

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Resource Type: Website

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public, Trainers

Link: https://helplinema.org/learn-more/overdose-prevention/

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Everyone can play a role in preventing overdose. People who actively use opioids, friends and family, first responders, and even community members can help prevent and stop overdose. This page provides facts and guidance about opioids, overdose, and relevant laws that affect residents of Massachusetts.

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Naloxone facts and formulations

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Resource Type: Tool, Website

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public, Trainers

Link: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/naloxone-facts-and-formulations

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This page provides facts about naloxone (Narcan) and guidance on how to obtain and use it to reverse overdose.

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Publication: Overdose Prevention, Response, and Postvention: Promising Policies and Practices for Organizations

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Resource Type: Data/Report

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

Link: https://hria.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/UPDATED-2021-Promising-Policies-Practices-in-Overdose-Prevention.pdf

Description:

Overdose Prevention, Response, and Postvention: Promising Policies and Practices for Organizations aims to help organizations and agencies reduce fatal opioid overdoses in a variety of settings. This includes, but is not limited to: community corrections centers, family and individual shelters, and substance use treatment facilities. While these recommendations are focused on addressing opioid overdose, implementing them may also be helpful in relation to other medical emergencies or traumatic events.

This document provides guidance for the development, implementation, and updating of policies and procedures within an organization. The needs and resources of every organization are different. Please take these recommendations as a menu of suggestions to implement and integrate into existing organizational policies.

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Workshop: Opioid Overdose Rescue and Prevention – Training of Trainers (2 days)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Trainers

Description:

This two-day workshop will empower individuals to deliver training in opioid overdose rescue and prevention to their own staff and peers. Organizations will benefit from additional knowledge and capacity to provide this training internally over time. Participants must complete the Opioid Overdose Rescue & Prevention training sessions prior to attending the training of trainers.

This workshop is perfect for groups of 10-20 people. You can schedule a session for your agency by contacting Michael Leonard at [email protected]

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Training: Secondary Trauma & Helping Professionals (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

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This three-hour, non-clinical training module is designed to educate and build skills around understanding secondary trauma and cumulative stress with a specific focus on improving the wellness and safety of service providers working in direct care with people who use drugs. Training topics include supporting resilience and preventing secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.

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Training: Best Supervisory Practices: Working through Incidents & Crises (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

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This three-hour, non-clinical training is intended to provide supervisors with the best practices and tools for nurturing and supporting staff who work in substance use, harm reduction, homeless services, and other social service fields, with a particular emphasis on supervisory support following workplace incidents

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Training: Working with People Who Use Stimulants: Best Practices (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services

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As drug use evolves in Massachusetts and beyond, we need to be prepared to support clients no matter what substances they use. In this three-hour training, learn the basics of what stimulants are, what they do in the body, and how we can support people who use stimulants.

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Training: Exploring Pathways of Recovery (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery, General Public

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When we recognize that recovery looks different for every person, we can better advise our clients. This three-hour training will introduce various forms of recovery, from medication to 12-step programs to cognitive based therapies. Participants will also explore stigma around recovery and how to best support our clients.

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Training: Analyzing the U.S. War on Drugs & Racist Drug Policies (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, General Public

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This three-hour training will explore the historical sources of criminalization and punitive attitudes surrounding drug use in the United States, including an in-depth examination of the racialized drug policies of the War on Drugs.

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Training: Addressing Drug-Related Stigma and Bias (3 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, People in recovery, General Public

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Drug-related stigma presents barriers to effectively supporting clients who use drugs. Our biases are learned from a culture that stigmatizes drug use and ostracizes those with substance use disorders. This three-hour training will focus on identifying our biases and societal stigma surrounding people who use drugs and actions we can take to address them.

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Training: Opioid Overdose Prevention: Harm Reduction & Safety Planning with Clients (2 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, General Public

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During this two-hour training, participants will explore strategies to address the risks of overdose with a harm reduction approach. The scenario-based training provides opportunities for discussion and practice about issues of safety, grief, and moving toward behavior change.

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Training: Opioid Overdose Rescue (2 hours)

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Resource Type: Training Catalog

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, General Public

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This two-hour training will introduce opioids and risk factors for overdose. Participants will learn skills for overdose rescue and practice using scenarios.

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RIZE Toolkit: Your Rights in Recovery

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Resource Type: Tool, Website

Audience: Employers/worksites, Providers, Substance Use Services, Employees, People in recovery

Link: https://www.rizema.org/yourrights/

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Recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) is a life-long journey and can look different for everyone. Wherever you are in your recovery, this toolkit offers the support and resources people with OUD need as they navigate things like housing, employment, and treatment. It is for people in and seeking treatment and recovery, loved ones, providers, allies, and advocates to help navigate through these systems. Each section clearly outlines the rights you hold, how to exercise them, and where to get more support and resources. You can jump between sections by clicking the headers on the menu, and each section can be printed or emailed.

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