COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE

 

Opioid Response Network statement: Supporting substance use disorder treatment, prevention and recovery sectors during the COVID-19 public health crisis

During the current public health crisis, the Opioid Response Network (ORN) stands ready to provide technical assistance to individuals, communities, organizations and systems. Stress and anxiety caused by rapid societal transitions can be magnified for those who are at risk of or have opioid use disorder, other substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. We want to assure you that the ORN can provide support as organizations and systems shift to telehealth and remote services; guidance and technical assistance to support our most vulnerable populations navigating rapid systems change; and evidence-based practices on stress, burnout and mental health for clinicians. Reach out to us by submitting a request today and one of our team members will be in touch. Also check out the resources we have compiled specific to supporting the behavioral health workforces.

As the situation with COVID-19 rapidly evolves, SAMHSA is promoting the use of evidence-based resources and practices related to the virus. SAMHSA-funded initiatives, including the Opioid Response Network, are disseminating information provided by SAMHSA, CDC, and other Technical Assistance Centers. Refer to the following links (last updated 05/21/2020):

 

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SAMHSA and TA Center Resource Pages

New ORN COVID-19 Resources Video

General Resources and Key SAMHSA Guidance

Special Populations Resources

Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

Information in Spanish/Información en Español

School Resources to Support Student Resilience and Substance Use Prevention

Online Trainings Recommended by ORN

Crisis Hotlines

 

SAMHSA and TA Center Resource Pages:

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Title and Link

Web Page Description

Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid Response Network: COVID-19 and other resources

Opioid Response Network list of resources related to OUD

Substance Use Disorder

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Main SAMHSA web page with up to date resources related to SUD and COVID-19

Substance Use Disorder

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network Pandemic Response Resources

ATTC Network resources related to substance use disorder and COVID-19

Mental Health

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC): Responding to COVID-19

MHTTC resources related to mental health and COVID-19

Prevention

Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network Pandemic Response Resources

PTTC resources related to prevention and COVID-19

Treatment

AAAP Resources on COVID-19

AAAP / ORN-PCSS Telehealth Tip Sheet

Treatment

PCSS Events and Webinars on COVID-19

PCSS upcoming events related to COVID-19

Recovery

SAMHSA: Your Recovery Is Important: Virtual recovery resources

SAMHSA PDF of recovery resources

Treatment

PCSS Homelessnes and Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ORN and PCSS PDF Guide for treating patients experiencing homelessness and SUD during the pandemic

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ORN will create and disseminate new products related to COVID-19 and update other virtual resources specific to substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery with a focus on special populations and addressing social determinants of health.

For questions or concerns, email orn@aaap.org.

 

NEW: ORN COVID-19 Resources

The Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19: How Social Determinants of Health Create Differential Impacts

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General Resources and Key SAMHSA Guidance:

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Title and Link

Description

COVID-19

CDC COVID-19 hub

Web page of CDC resources related to prevention and COVID-19

COVID-19

Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA) COVID-19 Resource Center

Web page with ISDA updated guidance and links to resources on developments, guidelines, protocols, policies, and tools for practitioners

Social Distancing

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

PDF from SAMHSA on social distancing, quarantine, and isolation

Addiction Medicine

ASAM COVID-19 Guidelines

Web page of resources collated by the ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 (CPDC) Task Force

Addiction Professionals / Community

Addiction Professionals of North Carolina Statewide Resource Guide for COVID-19

Google doc model from NC collaborating resources for addiction professionals

Addiction Professionals / Community

Massachusetts HEALing Communities Study (HCS): COVID-19 Response and Support

Google doc model from MA to share resources, informative articles, best practices and guidance for healthcare, incarceration, harm reduction, and homelessness settings

COVID-19

Materials and Resources: Social media toolkit with printable materials

Web page from NC DHHS of printable materials on COVID-19 for diverse populations

COVID-19 and SUD

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Article from NIDA on impact of COVID-19 on individuals with SUD

Stress and Anxiety

Stress and Coping

Web page from CDC on managing stress and anxiety

Treatment

SAMHSA Medication Assisted Treatment Guidance for OTPs

Web page of SAMHSA guidance for OTPs specific to medication-assisted treatment

Treatment

SAMHSA COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance

PDF of SAMHSA treatment guidance (brief)

Treatment

FAQs: Provision of methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in the COVID-19 emergency

PDF of FAQs around the new guidance for telehealth

Treatment

TAP 34: Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs

PDF of SAMHSA guidance in creating a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for treatment programs

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Special Population Resources:

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Title and Link

Description

American Indian/Alaska Native communities

Indian Health Service COVID-19 Response

Web page: Indian Health Service COVID-19 Response

American Indian/Alaska Native communities

National Indian Health Board Home Page

Web page: National Indian Health Board Home Page

American Indian/Alaska Native communities

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health (NPAIH) COVID-19 Update

Web page: Northwest Portland Area Indian Health (NPAIH) COVID-19 Update

American Indian/Alaska Native communities

What Tribal Members Need to Know About COVID-19

PDF: General fact sheet for tribes on how to protect against and detect COVID-19

Domestic Violence

Resources to support survivors of domestic violence during COVID-19

Web page from FUTURES without violence for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and for children who experience trauma and abuse

Domestic Violence

Supporting Survivors’ Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Emergency

PDF: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health handout

Domestic Workers

Coronavirus Care Fund

Web page from National Domestic Workers Alliance to support domestic workers (e.g., home care, nannies, house cleaners).

First Responders

Recommendations for Administering Naloxone During COVID-19

PDF: NJ Department of Health resource on reducing risk of exposure for first responders.

Homeless shelters and service providers

National Healthcare for the Homeless: COVID-19 Resources

Web page: National Healthcare for the Homeless: COVID-19 Resources including street medicine strategies and information for homeless shelters and homeless service providers.

Immigration and Incarceration

National Emergency Webinar on COVID-19 and Criminal Legal and Immigrant Detention System

Webinar: Hear activists, policymakers, and medical experts talk about the potential interventions for mitigating the harm of coronavirus spread on those impacted by the criminal legal and immigration detention systems.

Incarceration, correctional facilities

CDC Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities

Web page: CDC Interim Guidance on COVID-19 in correctional settings.

LatinX Communities

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Web page: Home page of National Alliance for Hispanic Health has resources for COVID-19

LatinX Communities

Spanish social media toolkit:  Kit de herramientas para los medios sociales

CDC web page with Spanish resources for social media toolkit.

Law Enforcement

People with Addictions are being hit hard with COVID-19: Implications and helpful tips for Law Enforcement.

PDF example from NC Department of Justice and Addiction Professionals of NC on how law enforcement can mitigate the impact on those with SUD.

LGBTQIA and People living with HIV (PLWH)

Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Considerations for People Living with HIV and LGBTQIA+ People

PDF: Fenway Health brief for PLWH and LGBTQIA people

Model: Bridge to treatment

CA Bridge Model example: COVID-19 National Emergency Response

Web page: Example of bridge program and COVID-19 resources for treatment and recovery. Addresses SDH also

Older Adults

Elder Mental Health During COVID-19

PDF: Indian Health Service (IHS) shares ways to support elders; defines social distancing, isolation, and quarantine; how providers can help manage stress

Older Adults

Tips for Elders and Their Caregivers About COVID-19

PDF: IHS focus on elders, gives suggestions for safe activities and self-care advice for care-givers. Infographics on stopping spread of germs

People in Recovery

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Addiction/Recovery Resources

Web page of recovery resources from University of Michigan Medicine Dept of Psychiatry

People in Recovery

Unity Recovery + SOS Recovery + Alano Club are now offering free daily Social Determinants of Recovery (SDOR) Workshops

Web page with free daily Social Determinants of Recovery (SDOR) workshops that are focused on enhancing individual recovery capital.

People in Recovery

ONDCP Virtual Recovery Resources

PDF from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) compiles a list of virtual recovery resources available to individuals and communities.

PLWH

What to Know About HIV and COVID-19

Web page: CDC Guidance on COVID-19 for People living with HIV (PLWH)

PLWH

AIDS Info: Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV

Web page from AIDS Info (HHS NIH): Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV

People who Use Drugs (PWUD)

COVID-19: Guidance for People Who Use Drugs

PDF handout for COVID-19 guidance for PWUD

PWUD

Guidance for People who Use Substances on COVID-19

PDF handout for COVID-19 guidance for PWUD

Racial equity

COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Web page: Racial Equity Tools list of racial equity and social justice resources and links to tools

Racism and Stigma

National Association of School Psychologists: Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Web page: National Association of School Psychologists: Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Rural health

Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Web page: Rural health Information (RHI) Hub COVID-19 resources for rural communities

Rural health

Emergency Preparedness for Rural Providers

Web page: RHI Hub outlines resources available for communication planning in a rural area and how rural hospitals and other healthcare organizations can prepare for disasters and large-scale emergencies?

Suicide Prevention

Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Web page: Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus

Transgender Health

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know

Web page from TransEquality on COVID-19 resources for transgender people

Undocumented Immigrants

Tangible Support for Immigrant Communities during COVID-19

Google doc: Immigrants Rising list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate the crisis.

Youth

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences During COVID-19

PDF from ASTHO of policy considerations to strengthen jurisdictions’ ability to continue to create and maintain safe, stable, nurturing environments for children and families during the COVID-19 response and in preparation for pandemic recovery.

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Housing Insecurity and Homelessness:

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Title and Link

Web Page Description

Ending Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Home

Web page: National resources to end homelessness

Funding and CARES Act

A Framework for COVID-19 Homelessness Response: Responding to the Intersecting Crises of Homelessness and COVID-19

Web page from National Alliance to End Homelessness to download PDF: A Framework for COVID-19 Homelessness Response provides guidance for how homelessness systems can leverage the CARES Act and approval of other funding sources (such as FEMA Public Assistance) to simultaneously conduct emergency protective measures while planning for recovery-oriented uses of these funds.

Healthcare for the Homeless

Issue Brief: COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Needed Actions from Public Health and Emergency Response

PDF: Healthcare for the Homeless During COVID-19

Homelessness & Housing Resources

SAMHSA Homeless & Housing Resource Network

Web page: SAMHSA Homeless & Housing Resource Network

Housing Insecurity

COVID-19: State and Local Government Actions to Address Housing Insecurity

Web page: Governments addressing housing insecurity

Low Income Housing

Rental Housing Instability, Homelessness, and COVID-19

Web page: Housing Instability and COVID-19 Heat Map

Racial Equity

The Alliance’s Racial Equity Network Toolkit

Web page from National Alliance to End Homelessness to download tools for analyzing and addressing racial disparities in the homelessness system

Urban Communities

COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities

Web page: COVID-19 Resources https://www.samhsa.gov/homeless-housing-resource-network

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Information in Spanish/Información en Español:

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Title and Link

Web Page Description

Children

La   Historia de la Ostra y la Mariposa: el coronavirus y Yo

PDF: A free children’s book by Ana M Gomez (a psychotherapist). Includes handout and worksheet with activities.

Children

Solo Para Chicos y Chicas: Un Cómic Sobre El Nuevo Coronavirus

Web page: NPR comic “How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus.”

Children

Como hablar con tus hijos sobre el Coronavirus

Web page: PBS article outlining various ways to address coronavirus with children

Children

No te veo y sé que estás ahí, coronavirus, y también sé que te vas a ir

PDF: Story describing coronavirus in Spanish created by Cristina Cortés and illustrated by children.

COVID-19

Personas con mayor riesgo de enfermarse gravemente | CDC

Web page: CDC article regarding individuals at high risk of becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19.

COVID-19

Tratamiento para COVID-19 en casa: Consejos para el cuidado para ti y para otros

Web page: Mayo Clinic article about caring for individuals with COVID-19 at home.

COVID-19

Coronavirus - OPS/OMS | Organización Panamericana de la Salud

Web page: Pan American Health Organization page for COVID-19 information and resources.

COVID-19

COVID-19: Materiales de comunicación - OPS/OMS | Organización Panamericana de la Salud

Web page: Pan American Health Organization page for communication tools regarding COVID-19. Provides free info-graphs, videos, social media posts, and more.

COVID-19

Documentos técnicos de la OPS - Enfermedad por el Coronavirus (COVID-19) - OPS/OMS |   Organización Panamericana de la Salud

Web page: Pan American Health Organization page for technical documents for health care workers regarding COVID-19. Includes information on emergency medical services readiness, ethics, social distancing and travel-related measures.

COVID-19 and SUD

Sugerencias sobre el tratamiento, la atención y la rehabilitación de personas con trastornos por consumo de drogas en el conte

PDF: WHO uses Infographic to outline various ways to address the needs of individuals in treatment for substance use disorders in the context of COVID-19.

Health and Wellbeing

Consideraciones psicosociales y de salud mental durante el brote de COVID-19 - OPS/OMS |   Organización Panamericana de la Salud

PDF: WHO Communication and messaging suggestions for supporting mental and physical health across populations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

National Hispanic and Latino ATTC

Web page: National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

Web page: National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network

Web page: National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network.

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

ATTC Network List of Products in Spanish

Web page: Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network List of products in Spanish.

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

PDF: CDC Factsheet: What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others. (In English)

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

Ponga De Su Parte Para Desacelerar La Propagación Del Coronavirus

PDF: CDC 15 Days to Slow the Spread Postcard: Coronavirus Guidelines. (In English)

LatinX/Hispanic/Spanish Communities

Detenga La Propagación De Los Microbios

PDF: CDC Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs. (In English)

Stress and Anxiety

Salud mental y cómo sobrellevar la situación durante el COVID-19 | CDC

Web page: CDC review of managing stress and anxiety in the time of COVID-19.

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School Resources to Support Student Resilience and Substance Use Prevention:

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Child Abuse

Responding to Child Abuse During a Pandemic, 25 Tips for Multi-Disciplinary Teams

PDF: This guide by the Zero Abuse Initiative provides practical tips for addressing child abuse that can be adapted to educational settings.

Child Abuse

Coronavirus Tips & Resources for Parents, Children, Educators & Others

Website: Prevent Child Abuse America’s website has an extensive list of tips and linked resources for educators, parents, children, home visitors and others about how to stay connected and support children.

Child Abuse

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19

PDF: This article by SAMHSA explains how children are at increased risk for abuse during COVID-19. Includes national resources to help families.

Homelessness and Youth

COVID-19 and Homelessness: Strategies for Schools, Early Learning Programs, and Higher Education Institutions

Website: SchoolHouse Connection’s extensive guide to updated resources and strategies on helping youth experiencing homelessness who are especially vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 includes recommendations for education, services, and economics.

LGBTQ Students

Supporting LGBTQ Students during the Coronavirus Quarantine: A Tip-Sheet for School Counselors

PDF: This tip sheet by the Human Rights Campaign and ASCA suggests specific ways to help school staff support LGBTQ students.

LGBTQ Students

The Trevor Project Releases New Report on Implications of Covid-19 on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

Citation: Green, A.E., Price-Feeney, M. & Dorison, S.H. (2020). Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. New York, New York: The Trevor Project.

Report: This report by The Trevor Project outlines how physical distancing, economic strain, and increased anxiety may impact LGBTQ youth and explains how to support LGBTQ youth.

LGBTQ Students

A Resource for School Counselors on Supporting LGBTQ Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Post: This blog post from the Human Rights Campaign highlights challenges of LGBTQ students isolated in unsupportive environments and how school staff can support these students.

Mental Health

Statewide Webinar Addresses Mental Health Needs of Students and Staff during COVID-19

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Webinar and Slides: This webinar by the Education Development Center describes impacts of COVID-19 on student mental health and specific recommendations for schools, including planning for return to school and mental health self-care.

Parent Education for Substance Use Prevention

Guiding Good Choices (GCC) Groups Online

Webinar: Communities That Care will share how to move GGC online; GCC teaches parents of middle school children skills needed to reduce children’s risk for using alcohol and other drugs.

Parent Support

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis

PDF (English and Spanish): This article by the Child Mind Institute provides suggestions to parents of teens about how to communicate about physical distancing, support connection, remote schooling, healthy habits and mindfulness.

Parent Support

Supporting Families During COVID-19

Website: The Child Mind Institute has multiple and updated resources in English and Spanish to help families cope including a tip sheet, Helping Parents through COVID-19.

Parent Support

COVID-19: We are Here For You Online Support Community for Parents and Caregivers

Website: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ website resources include text messaging service, online support groups, and links for addiction support.

School Counseling

School Counseling During COVID-19: Online Lessons and Resources

Website: American School Counseling Association’s website has a list of lessons and resources to support social and emotional learning..

School Counseling

Webinar Educational Resources for Virtual School Counseling

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Webinar and Slides: This webinar created by two state school counselor associations (CASC and WSCA) has links to resources to help counselors work virtually, including ethical standards, suicide risk, staff and parent support, and communication strategies.

School Counseling

American School Counseling Webinar series

Webinar: American School Counseling Association is providing free access to professional development on best practices for working with students and families virtually.

School Counseling

New Jersey School Counselor Association COVID-19 Resources

Website: Extensive list of school counseling websites with resources on wide range of topics.

School Counseling

Counseling Resources

Website: Created by the COVID-19 School Counseling Emergency Task Force volunteers, provides key educational and counseling resources to support students by level (elementary, middle and high school); includes mental health resources

Social and Emotional Needs

Educator's Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

PDF: This guide by the Michigan DOE and DHHS has information and strategies for educators and for families, including recommendations for helping students at highest risk such as families affected by substance use.

Social and Emotional Learning

COVID Response Resources for Educators and Families: Second Step

Website: Committee for Children’s website includes online SEL lessons, middle school remote learning advisory guide. and related webinars.

Special Needs

Helping Educators Through COVID-19 and Beyond.pdf

PDF: Child Mind Institute resource list includes links to tools for educator self-care, supporting anxious students, and dealing with grief and trauma; focus on children with learning disorders.

Staff Self-Care

Finding Your Rhythm

Post: Association of Middle Level Education’s post includes ideas to help educators practice self-care while working with students from home.

Student Mental Health

COVID-19 Resources | University of Maryland School of Medicine

Website: National Center for School Mental Health’s website includes webinar and links to many resources on tele-mental health, crisis response and children’s behavioral health needs

Student Mental Health

Summary of Student Mental Health Survey Results

PDF: Report of results of a youth-led survey by the Youth Liberty Squad (founded by ACLU of Southern California) about how the COVID-19 crisis impacting student mental health; includes a student letter to the governor.

Youth Substance Use: General

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Covid-19: We are Here for You

Website: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids website includes resources for families with children or loved ones who have substance use disorders including text messaging, online groups and links.

Youth Substance Use: Alcohol

Is Alcohol Use Spiking in Your Home?

Article: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides results of their research on changes in alcohol use with COVID-19, focusing on how parents can help children and themselves with alcohol problems.

Youth Substance Use: Marijuana

COVID-19 and Marijuana: What You Need to Know

Post: Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s article on increased vulnerability to the virus for individuals who vape or smoke marijuana.

Youth Substance Use: Opioids

COVID-19: Accessing Critical Medications for Your Loved One

Post: Ideas for people who have a child or loved one using MAT to treat an Opioid Use Disorder to ensure treatment can be continued.

Youth Substance use: Vaping

Vaping and COVID-19: A toxic blend? - Boston Childrens' Discoveries

Article: This article discusses potential risks of teen vaping and COVID-19, including risks of infection and complications, and encourages quitting.

Youth Substance Use: Vaping

CATCH Health at Home: At-Home and Distance Learning Resources for Parents and Educators: Vaping, Lung Health and Infectious Diseases

Google Classroom: Access to CATCH's evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials, including lesson on vaping.

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Online Trainings Recommended by ORN:

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Title and Link

Web Page Description

ATTC Listening Session and Strategic Discussion  Series

SDH and COVID Discussion Series | Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Web page: Recorded discussion sessions  from April 22-May 12 sessions with reports and resources will be posted for all substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery workforce professionals.

Online Naloxone Training

Get Naloxone Now: Save A Life

Web page: Get Naloxone Now is an online resource to train people to respond effectively to an opioid overdose emergency.

Mid-America PTTC Webinar Roll Call

Roll Call Videos | Prevention Technology Transfer Center

Web page: Short webinars, trainings and case studies. Roll Call videos will be 10 to 20-minute long mini-webinars, training and case studies.

MHTTC

MHTTC Virtual Learning Guide Study Session 1

Recorded Webinar: Virtual Technical Assistance Facilitation Strategies/ Accompanied by the PDF of the Virtual Learning Guide.

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Crisis Hotlines:

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