Volume 274 | July 23, 2020
Edition 100 | March 4, 2021
Welcome to the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC)
E-Newsletter. This monthly newsletter is designed to provide information on substance use across the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment,
and recovery. For additional information visit the Department website at www.bchumanservices.net
RSAC Celebrates 100 Newsletters!

Since RSAC's inception in 2014, we have expanded our resources and accomplished many great things together. We couldn't have done this without our network of town coalitions, elected officials from the local, state, and federal levels, the Sheriff and District Attorney’s offices, police, first responders, probation, drug court, school nurses, school superintendents, and drug treatment, recovery, and healthcare providers.

RSAC's purpose is to establish a coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to substance use across the continuum of prevention, treatment, intervention, and recovery. By establishing a communication infrastructure across towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod, RSAC is able to identify and address gaps and disparities in the service system, maximize inter-agency collaboration and funding opportunities.

We are so grateful for our collaborative community and would like to share just some of the fruits of OUR labor.
AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod Offering Monthly Overdose Prevention and Narcan Training

The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod offers monthly Overdose Prevention and Narcan Training on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 2:00PM. These training sessions will focus on Harm Reduction Methods as it relates to injection drug use, how to recognize, respond to and prevent opioid overdoses and breaking the stigma associated with individuals who inject drugs. You will also learn how to access Narcan. To access the monthly training, use this Zoom link on the scheduled date and time or email Blake Gronlund at bgronlund@asgcc.org for more information. 
Community Health Center of Cape Cod Announces Recovery Coaching

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod has announced that their Substance Use Disorder program will incorporate Recovery Coaching in their treatment. 
A recovery coach is someone who at one point struggled with addiction, who has experience in long term recovery, and special training to help people struggling with addiction with their own recovery. 

To read the full article on capecod.com, click button below.
FREE Addiction Recovery Coach
Pre-Certification and Wellness Training Program

Are you interested in starting your career path to become a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach? Cape Cod Community College is hosting two (virtual) information sessions to explore our FREE Addiction Recovery Coach Pre-certification and Wellness Training Program. This program is grant-funded through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. All costs; tuition, course fees, and books are covered by the grant. 
Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force has collected helpful wellness resources for you during COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we add to these resources. 
Each month we will highlight tools to help manage this crisis and identify for you web videos, articles, discussions, and resources we have found helpful. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.
Barnstable County COVID-19 Recovery Resources
COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on button below to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.
Recovery Coaching - With a Focus on Health and Wellness

What is Recovery Wellness Coaching? Click on button below for more information.
Virtual Training: Supporting Youth and Families in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

This training focuses on ways to engage and support family members caring for youth and young adults with substance use disorders. Topics covered include: understanding parental challenges, reframing addiction as a chronic family disease, and identifying family recovery resources at the local, state, and national levels. The workshop also explores ways to engage and support families where there is multi-generational substance use issues, and where parents/caregivers themselves have not yet committed to recovery, as well as an exploration of ways to work with parents/caregivers who are in active recovery.

Date: March 29th and 30th, 2021

Training: 9:00am-12:00pm YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS

Click button below for more information or to register. 
Upcoming Trainings
The mission of AdCare Educational Institute is to advance awareness, knowledge and skills in the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse and related public health issues. The Institute accomplishes its mission through the development and implementation of high quality, yet affordable training programs and educational events. Activities are offered to individuals and organizations who directly or indirectly encounter problems associated with substance abuse or are affected by other public health issues. To view upcoming trainings and webinars, click button below.
MGH Recovery Seminar: Bridging the Divide Between Healthcare Systems and RCCs: A Moderated Panel Discussion

On Friday, March 19, 12:00 PM EST, Dr. Sarah Wakeman of Massachusetts General Hospital will moderate a panel focused on how to bridge the divide between healthcare settings and community-based RCCs with a diverse group of panelists. Dr. Gene Lambert, associate medical director of the hospital-based addiction consult team and Mr. Christopher Shaw, nursing director, will share perspectives on what type of community based supports they wish were available to connect hospitalized patients to and, in an ideal world, what can facilitate that linkage as well as what barriers exist now. Dr. Davida Schiff, medical director of the perinatal SUD clinic, will reflect on similar questions from the perspective of dyadic care for birthing people and their infants. Dr. Marti Kane, clinical director of the SUD initiative, will share her expertise on the linkage with the mental health system and how community-based recovery supports can be connected synergistically with clinical care settings and vice versa. Ms. Windia Rodriguez, program manager for the recovery coaching program, will share her wisdom and expertise, having worked in RCCs and now embedded in a clinical setting. To register for this event click below.
Support After A Death by Overdose

SADOD provides resources, information, and assistance to people throughout Massachusetts who have been affected by the death of someone they care about from a substance-use-related cause. Our focus is on increasing the capacity and effectiveness of peer grief support for bereaved people, frontline care providers, and people in recovery or struggling with drug use.
International Women's Day - March 8th

Groups worldwide plan successful IWD activity
Thank you for supporting International Women's Day (IWD) and celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Run annually on March 8, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Running an IWD 2021 #ChooseToChallenge campaign
One of the most powerful ways groups can support International Women's Day is by championing their own #ChooseToChallenge campaign within their communities, networks, organizations, and groups.
New SAMHSA Resources and Advisories on Substance Use Disorder

SAMHSA has published a series of Advisories based on existing Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) and Technical Assistance Publications (TAPs). These Advisories  summarize updated guidance and recommendations on topics in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field. The new Advisories include:

  • Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Using Motivational Interviewing in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Screening and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders
  • Screening and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Among Adolescents
  • Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Use Treatment
  • Treating Substance Use Disorders Among People With HIV
  • Group Therapy in Substance Use Treatment
  • The Substance Use Disorder Counseling Competency Framework: An Overview
  • Integrating Vocational Services into Substance Use Disorder Treatment

To view these and other SAMHSA publications, click button below.
Register Now for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Your efforts to empower teens and young adults to make informed decisions about drugs and alcohol are more important than ever. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites you to join National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), March 22–28, 2021. NDAFW is a week-long national health observance highlighting the science-based facts about how drugs and alcohol affect the brain and body.
Here’s how to get involved:
1.  Check out these five steps to hosting an NDAFW event.
2.  Find ideas and resources to support your virtual or socially distanced activities.

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.
Our TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.
SAMHSA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Prescription Drug Toolkit and Fact Sheets

SAMHSA’s EAP Prescription Drug Toolkit and Fact Sheets provide guidance related to counseling, referrals, and follow-up services (e.g., alternatives to prescription drugs, workplace drug misuse and relapse prevention, dangers of combined drug use, screenings, and evaluations before returning to work).
Cape Cod Substance Use Resource Guide
Asking for help is the first important step.
Alcohol and other drug problems are treatable disorders. If you want to talk with a knowledgeable Information and Referral Specialist now,
Call 800-327-5050 or 617-292-5065 or view our Cape Cod Substance Use Resource Guide below.
Transgender Social Support Group
Group is open to trans, non-binary, questioning, or other gender diverse identified people ages 18+. You do not need to be a Fenway Health patient to join, and the group is free to attend.
Group via Zoom (5:30-7:00 pm) meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Contact Ann at aburke@fenwayhealth.org 
for more information and Zoom link.
Thrive! CIGSYA - LGBTQ and Ally Center of Cape Cod Continue Digital Meetings 

The LGBTQ+ group Thrive is for folks ages 13 to 22. We have been meeting virtually every Wednesday at 4 pm for fun, support, and more! This group creates space to discuss gender, sexuality, race, and our day to day among other things. If you are interested in joining one of our events, please email kgarcia@wethrive.us or check out our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeThriveLGBTQCenterCapeCod
Instagram: @cigsya Twitter: @thriveatcigsya 
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