Volume 18 | June 2021
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June 20 marks the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year! Enjoy this poem to celebrate the start of the new season of sunshine and fun. No matter the year (or the century) the welcome of Summer stirs the senses and imagination!

It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
–N. P. Willis (1807-67)
Newsletter Highlights Include:

  • Learn about Peer Support and why it's important in addiction recovery.
  • Apply for a Peer Workforce grant through DHCS.
  • Eight keys to addressing the overdose crisis.
  • Celebrate Pride and observe PTSD Awareness.
  • Become a CADTP approved CEU provider!

We wish you much happiness this Summer and beyond!

Battling Addiction Through Peer Support
Peer Recovery Support Specialists provide a unique and welcome perspective to those seeking freedom from addiction
Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (CPRSS) are individuals who have lived experience with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders either through their own experience or that of a loved one. Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support in such a way that others can benefit from their experiences.

Behavioral Health Workforce Development: Peer Workforce Investment - Request for Applications (RFA)
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is committed to statewide expansion of the behavioral health peer-run workforce to improve consumer access to and productive participation in behavioral health services throughout the state. As part of this commitment, DHCS contracted with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) to implement this Behavioral Health Workforce Development Project (BHWD).

The overarching goal of BHWD is to expand, elevate, enhance, and empower behavioral health peer-run programs in every California community. Through this Peer Workforce Investment (PWI) Request for Applications (RFA), AHP will award grants to:

  • Expand peer-run behavioral health program staffing and capacity to assist people;
  • Elevate the profile of behavioral health peer-run programs with other entities in their communities and statewide through outreach and collaboration;
  • Enhance the quality of peer-run programming statewide through education, training, and improved monitoring and supervision; and
  • Empower peer-run programs to realize their full potential, including through strategic planning, and management support.

Application Due Date: July 2, 2021 5:00 p.m. PT

8 Keys to End the Nation’s Drug-Overdose Epidemic
The American Medical Association's Senior Writer, Timothy Smith, offers 8 keys to help overcome the nation's addiction and overdose crisis.

  1. Reevaluate how opioid-use disorder treatments are prescribed.
  2. Eliminate ineffective opioid prescribing restrictions.
  3. Better enforce laws around coverage of mental health and substance use disorders.
  4. Expand harm reduction policies.
  5. Extend telehealth flexibilities for prescribing buprenorphine for opioid-use disorder.
  6. Collect better data, and do a better job of sharing it.
  7. Collaborate more broadly.
  8. End the stigma.

June Observances

The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality.


Each year on June 27th, National PTSD Awareness Day recognizes the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those impacted by it. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it.

Reach out to someone you know who struggles with PTSD. Let them know you care and are there to help.

And the Final Q&A Winner Is...

The Q&A winner of a bag of CADTP swag is
G. Bick of Riverside County!

A Big Thank You To All Who Participated in the CADTP Counselor Q&A Series!
The final question of the series is:

QUESTION: CADTP offers a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Credential. Once certified, where can you work?
ANSWER: The Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor Credential (MATCC) is only available to those who already hold a Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC) credential. The experiential-based Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor Credential (MATCC) supports the certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor to highlight their education, knowledge, and experience in medication-assisted treatment. The certificate itself does not qualify the holder to work in a specific setting, it identifies that the holder has achieved a level of knowledge and experience that can be of benefit to an employer.
The Power of the Therapeutic Alliance, Engagement, and Connection: An introductory webinar to Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT)

July 15, 2021 • 10:00 am to 11:30 am Virtual
Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) is based on the empirical foundation that of all factors in treatment, the therapeutic alliance is the biggest predictor of positive outcomes.

This means that behavioral health professionals can significantly improve their outcomes by routinely monitoring the strength of the therapeutic alliance. This is done by learning how to build a strong culture of feedback with clients so meaningful goals, means, and purposes of treatment can be achieved.

Featured CEU Provider
OnSite Strategies is a CADTP Certified CEU Provider
Resources for the SUD Counselor
Trends in California Overdose Deaths is a policy brief published by California Health Policy Strategies, LLC. Learn about recent trends and view statistics on overdoses in Calfornia.
DHCS Behavioral Health Information Notice No: 21-027
SUBJECT: Cost Allocation Policy for Mental Health Plans (MHP).

PURPOSE: To clarify how MHPs shall determine costs eligible for federal reimbursement when incurred to provide mental health and targeted case management services, perform utilization review and quality assurance (UR/QA) activities, and administer the mental health plan.
The CADTP Counselor Website is for You!
Substance Use Disorder Counselors at all stages of certification can find the resources they need to make their next step in certification at the CADTP Counselor Website.

The CADTP Counselor website holds all the forms, policies, and procedures you need for registration, certification, renewals, and transfers. While you are there check out the all-new Specialty Credentials Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (CPRSS) and Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor Credential (MATCC).
Check out all of the resources on the CADTP Counselors' Website.
CADTP Career Center
The Job Board is ACTIVE! If you are a SUD Counselor or someone in the field seeking employment, head on over to the Career Center and check out the latest job listings!

Employer's in the SUD field are welcome to post open positions for FREE! Register and submit your job listing today!
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