Greetings Providers!
Dear Partners,

May is jam packed with events to recognize and join in on.

It is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year's theme is, “You Are Not Alone.” Join the movement on social media, using #MHAM and #NotAlone, and show others that they are not alone in their struggles with mental health. Check out NAMI's website for more information.

National EMS Week is May 16-22. Take a moment to thank and celebrate the EMTs in our community who serve us, often as a volunteer. More information can be found at the ACEP // EMS Week website.

National Prevention Week is May 9 through 15 (this week!). Visit the SAMHSA Website for more information about how to get involved. Locally, Community Action Alger-Marquette (CAAM) is hosting an event this Saturday in Marquette. More info below!

This month's giveaway is ice cream cones! Although It hasn't been the warmest weather so far this spring, Yoopers can enjoy ice cream even on the chilliest of days. You can also save them for warmer days ahead! :) To get ice cream cone tokens sent to your workplace, fill out the form below.

We hope you all have a wonderful month!

-Your partners at Beyond the Save

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MHFA Classes for EMS

One of Beyond the Save's goals is to train EMS providers in Mental Health First Aid. These classes will be open to any EMS personnel across the UP and will be free of charge.

Mental Health First Aid for EMS teaches you how to identify, understand
and respond to signs of mental illnesses and Substance Use Disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or Substance Use problem
and help connect them to the appropriate care. It focuses on the unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel and is a valuable resource that can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers’ and families’ lives, and the communities they serve.

MHFA Class Schedule:

Virtual Class: June 14th 12 - 4 pm ET

Materials will be sent via email after registration.
You can also sign up for the waitlist at any time to be notified of upcoming classes.
The virtual class consists of a 2 hour self-guided portion(to be completed before the class) and a 4 hour virtual class. In person classes are 8 hours. More classes can be offered to meet demand. Contact Ellen Lindblom for more information at or 906-228-9699, ext 1011.

GLRC also offers MHFA classes for the community. Please contact Ellen if you are interested in hosting a class.
Community Action Alger-Marquette Walk for Awareness

Community Action Alger-Marquette (CAAM) would like to invite you to join them at this year's National Prevention Week Walk for Awareness. Along with other local community organizations, CAAM hopes to bring awareness to and end the stigma surrounding mental health, substance use disorders, and poverty.

The walk takes place this Saturday, May 15th, from 10am - 2pm on the Marquette Multi-Use Path, from Lower Harbor Park to Picnic Rocks Park. Set up along the path there will be local organizations with tables with information, answering questions, handing out awareness items, snacks, canned goods, and more. Signs will be posted up and down the path promoting awareness, links to informational websites, and so forth.

An event page can be found on Facebook.
Affected Others Program Sessions
Are Now Available!
Please share with anyone who has a friend or family member who struggles with SUD and could be in need of support.
New MAT Guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services

The alarming increase in opioid deaths in recent years underscores the need for more accessible OUD treatment services. Studies have shown that medication-based treatment(MAT) promotes long-term recovery from OUD. The new guidelines handed down from the US DHHS gives our communities another tool to help respond to the opioid epidemic.

The new guidelines would allow for practitioners who are currently licensed under state law, and who possess a valid DEA registration, an exemption from the certification requirements to offer MAT services. This exemption would allow a practitioner to administer MAT to up to 30 patients at a time.

More information can be found on SAMHSA's website, or in the Quick Start Guide (PDF | 1.5 MB) and FAQs.

Provider Toolkit is now available!
One of the large projects of the Beyond the Save grant has been creating a Provider Toolkit to distribute across the UP.

A digital copy is available now on our website! You can download and review this important information about Substance Misuse and the resources available to in the UP. Share with anyone who you think might benefit from the info contained in this toolkit.

After reviewing, please complete our evaluation survey and share your thoughts with us.
National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week is held each year during May. Originally, SAMHSA chose this timing because it is near the start of summer, an important time for schools, communities, and prevention professionals to re-focus on prevention.

Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2021 daily themes are:

Monday, May 10: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse
Tuesday, May 11: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday, May 12: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday, May 13: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Friday, May 14: Preventing Suicide

For more information, visit their website.
National EMS Week
EMS Week is a perfect time to honor
those frontline heroes dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves so many lives every day.

The 2021 EMS Week theme is "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities."  

The goal of this theme is to remind people that EMS are still there to respond, support, and care for the needs of our communities, even during one of the hardest years for those who serve in the medical field. Be sure to thank the EMS personnel in your life for all they do on the frontlines of medical care.

If you would like to participate, you can use the EMS Week Planning Guide to get started.

Try this easy recipe for a veggie filled breakfast. Heat and eat for breakfast for less cooking during the week. Add any additional ingredients that you heart desires!
Submit your answer and be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift card!
Congratulations to our April Winner - Grace! 
Great Lakes Recovery Centers is working with MiREMS, Dial Help, NorthCare Network, Marquette-Alger EMS Medical Control Authority, and our partners - the UP Coalition Network to reduce opioid deaths and overdose across the Upper Peninsula. 
This project and website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Beyond the Save

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Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 228-9699