Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council
E-Newsletter . Issue 93 . July 16, 2020

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
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Crisis Counseling Assistance Program Call 888-215-4920 for Assistance

As part of its efforts to support the behavioral health needs of Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the availability of a new crisis counseling assistance program. The new program, MassSupport, is funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made available through the federal disaster declaration. Riverside Community Care is providing the crisis counseling under contract with the Department of Mental Health Anyone in the state can call 888-215-4920 to be connected with local mental health support. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. Learn more  HERE
COVID-19 Test Site Locator


This map provides an easy way to locate a COVID-19 test site near you. All of those experiencing symptoms or those who have been in close contact recently with a COVID positive individual should seek testing.
Sale of ALL Flavored Tobacco Products, Including Menthol, is Prohibited Sign


This sign is only available to Boards of Health and Tobacco Retailers. This self-adhesive sign is required for tobacco retailers to post and notifies the public that the sale of all flavored tobacco products is prohibited in the establishment where it is posted. Available to order in English and to download in other languages.
This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
Alcohol and Liver Function in Women

Alcohol-related liver disease generally has been ascribed to men because men reportedly consume alcohol at an increased rate and quantity as compared to women. Recent literature has reported, however, that rates of liver disease attributed to alcohol use by women have increased, largely due, in part, to the increased number of women who consume alcohol regularly. This increase is a paramount concern, as women are more susceptible than men to the effects of alcohol-related liver injury. Health care providers should make efforts to counsel women on the risks of excess alcohol consumption to prevent further increase in alcohol-related liver disease and its associated complications.
Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun

Summer is typically a wonderful season for outdoor activities and spending additional time with family and friends. For some people, these activities include drinking alcoholic beverages. In light of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the negative consequences associated with drinking, it is particularly important this summer to take measures to protect your own health and that of your loved ones. This includes following the everyday practices recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus. 
Health Privacy Rule 42 CFR Part 2 Is Revised

SAMHSA, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or Department), announces the adoption of the revised Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation, 42 CFR Part 2. The adoption of this revised rule represents a historic step in expanding care coordination and quality through the Deputy Secretary’s Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care.

Fact Sheet: SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 Revised Rule

The 42 CFR Part 2 regulations (Part 2) serve to protect patient records created by federally assisted programs for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). Part 2 has been revised to further facilitate better coordination of care in response to the opioid epidemic while maintaining its confidentiality protections against unauthorized disclosure and use.
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.
COVID-19 Safer Drug Use
For those who are actively using substances, the Harm Reduction Coalition has put together a comprehensive guide for safer drug use during COVID-19.
Providers eligible for additional allocations must provide HHS with information, and these providers must also agree to the program Terms and Conditions. This portal is currently open to Medicaid/CHIP Providers.
Register Now for the 2020 NPN Conference!

Join us for the 33 rd  Annual National Prevention Network Conference 
Virtually Scheduled for August 25 - 26, 2020 
The annual National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference highlights the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

Early Bird Registration (on or before July 17): $300
Regular Registration (after July 17): $350

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 NPN Conference? Contact us at  contactus@npnconference.org

Visit the  NPN Conference website  for more information.
VIRTUAL - Facilitating Effective Groups with Youth and Young Adults (523) scheduled on Thursday, July 23, 2020

It can be challenging to run effective support groups for youth and young adults in recovery from substance use disorders. This training focuses on understanding the basic concepts of group work, best practices for structuring groups, and identifying ways to better manage different group roles and dynamics.
Through a strengths-based model, facilitators will learn the most effective ways to promote group cohesion and successful group work. Information specific to groups in DPH/BSAS (Bureau of Substance Addiction Services) treatment programs for youth and young adults will be discussed. Ways to manage group dynamics will be reviewed and practiced through role play. 

This training is aimed towards anyone working with youth and young adults; prior knowledge of groups is not required.
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fee: $20

Continuing Education Credits: 3.00
VIRTUAL- MI Overview: What to Do When Telling Them What to Do Doesn’t Work

Trying to help someone change can be challenging. Helpers can have a hard time resisting the “righting reflex” and often feel stuck in a wrestling match with the very person they are trying to help. Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers an approach to have respectful and effective conversations that increase adolescents’ motivation to change unhealthy or unsafe behaviors.

This virtual workshop will provide a basic overview by (re)introducing participants to the principles of MI, as well as specific strategies and skills that can be easily incorporated into brief conversations with young people.
VIRTUAL- Introduction to Trauma-Informed De-Escalation Techniques (527) scheduled on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 

This 3-hour training is designed for beginning to mid-level experienced clinicians (Social workers, LMHC’s, etc.), Recovery Specialists, LDACs, CADACs, Recovery Coaches as well as direct care staff to improve their skills concerning their work with youth, young adults and adults who struggle with a trauma history as well as substance use issues.
The core content includes defining trauma and trauma-related behaviors, identifying power-struggles, increasing empathy for clients, reviewing both escalation and de-escalation phenomenons, trauma-informed and trauma-specific best practices within the milieu, and coping with secondary trauma and burnout.

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fee: $20 
Continuing Education Credits: 2.50

HECAOD Tuesday's Virtual Water Cooler Chat

Join the Higher Education Center in virtual water cooler chats to exchange ideas and connect with AOD professionals across the country. These chats are informal--much like when you find yourself in conversation at the water cooler or coffee machine in your office or at a conference. Join us for one or all!

Chats will take place on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. ET and will be topic focused.
RecoveryBuild Alternative Peer Group Program for Teens Hosts RecoveryRide! Please Sign up!

All proceeds from RecoveryRide support teens with substance use challenges on Cape Cod build a path of recovery that will sustain them in creating a life they dream of living.

If you are concerned about a teen's substance use, please contact one of our Licensed Counselors at 774-487-5227.
NAADAC Advocacy Series, Session IV: Confidentiality Rule Changes and 42 CFR - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 @ 3-4:30pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)

This webinar will review the latest legislation on 42 USC 290dd-2(b), which migrates a portion of the substance use disorder confidentiality regulations into HIPAA. Participants will be presented with both the update and a discussion of the integration of the amended 42 USC 290dd-2. In addition, a review of the most current regulations put out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be presented. A reconciliation between the new statute and the most recent regulations will be discussed.
Recovery LIVE! Supporting Families of Adults Who Experience SMI and/or SUD 

Family members play varied roles in the lives of adults with mental illness or substance use disorder. Many family members provide emotional, social, and instrumental supports including help with money, housing, child care, and transportation. Family members often help their loved ones to access and navigate services, and face unique challenges as they do so. Increasingly, organizations are recognizing that supporting families is an important part of supporting individuals in or seeking recovery.

SAMHSA ’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy ( BRSS TACS ) invites you to join national experts in a conversation about the experiences of families as they support their loved ones.

Join us for this free, interactive virtual event moderated by  Lonnetta Albright , BRSS TACS Subject Matter Expert.
Calmer Choice Free Mindful Awareness Online Practice Groups

Looking for more support in your mindful awareness practice? Check out these  FREE  offerings from Calmer Choice! 
Barnstable County Recovery Resources

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.
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.
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Barnstable County Department of Human Services
RSAC, Regional Substance Use Council
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