August 29, 2013NAADAC Annual Conference In Focus: Emerging Drugs of AbuseDrugs of abuse are constantly evolving as they gain popularity and spread across the nation at a rapid pace. Want to learn more? Come to plenary presentation: Uppers, Downers, All Arounders on October 14th at the NAADAC Annual Conference in Atlanta. Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADC III, the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Service, Addictions Recovery Center, Medford Oregon and Director of Research and Education at CNS Productions, will address the different drugs of abuse that have been appearing on American streets in increasing numbers, the on-going challenge they provide to addiction treatment providers and the toxic effects of these drugs.Dr. Inaba will focus on the wide variety of new synthetic and natural chemicals that are rising in popularity, including synthetic cannabinoids, "bath salts," prescription opiates, Kratom and "shake and bake" methamphetamine.Over 30 units of Continuing Education available![ More Information ][ Full Conference Schedule ] Rooms are selling out! Don’t miss the hotel booking deadline on September 16, 2013 for a reduced room rate of $149 and free internet. Full details online – click on view room rates. NAADAC Launching a New Resource in OctoberWant to keep up to date on the news and trends of the profession, but don’t have time to do the independent research? NAADAC has you covered. NAADAC will launchAddiction and Recovery eNews, a weekly in-house resource that will compile innovations, research and trends impacting on the addiction-focused profession. Watch for the first issue in early October.NAADAC is modernizing to better serve the addiction profession. Now is the time to become a member of NAADAC![ Join NAADAC ] NCC AP Travels to MicronesiaIn July, Kathryn Benson, Chairperson for the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), traveled to the Federated States of Micronesia to work with the Pacific Jurisdiction Certification Council. This trip continued the NCC AP’s goal of global connection with addiction professionals, in an effort to share, learn and enhance credentialing and treatment processes around the world.The NCC AP specializes in credentialing products and technical assistance with countries seeking guidance in their effort to ensure both quality treatment professionals and quality client care. After a week of working with highly experienced professionals who represented all seven islands, the NCC AP was provided with the opportunity to converse with and explore their needs and NCC AP’s ability to create with them a certification exam unique to their culture and treatment practices. We were honored to be invited to their addiction treatment home and look forward to working with them in the future![ Learn More about Certification ] Free Webinar:Understanding Cannabis Use and Related DisordersTuesday, September 10, 20133-4pm EST (2 CST/1 MST/12 PST)Hosted by NAADAC Institute Webinar SeriesCannabis, also referred to as “marijuana,” “weed,” or “pot,” “reefer” or “grass,” has a long history of use around the world, today in the United States being no exception. With the exception of alcohol, it is currently the nation’s most widely used psychoactive drug among adults and juveniles alike. This webinar will discuss clinically relevant specifics of marijuana use for individuals of various ages and related health concerns. The presenter will also discuss treatment options and considerations, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders that are commonly encountered with cannabis use disorders.[ More Information andRegistration ] NAADAC Career Center – New Updates This Week!The NAADAC Career Center provides a variety of employment listings at no charge for addiction-focused professionals. If you are looking to find a new career, the NAADAC Career Center can help.Check out the latest job postings:Outpatient Counselor for Project Turnabout in Granite Falls, MinnesotaDirector of Behavioral Health Services for Legacy Health in Portland, OregonSubstance Abuse Therapist II (Bilingual - English/Spanish) for the Arlington County Department of Human Services in Arlington County, VirginiaInpatient and Outpatient Primary Therapist(s) at Seabrook House in Seabrook, New Jersey.[ Browse Career Center ] Provide Feedback on the National Behavioral Health Quality FrameworkFeedback Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2013SAMHSA's National Behavioral Health Quality Framework is a set of core and supplemental measures, to help:Inform an agency's or system's funding and quality improvement decisions.Monitor the behavioral health of the Nation.Provide a way to examine and prioritize quality prevention, treatment, and recovery measures at the payer, provider/practitioner, and patient/population levels.The Framework is aligned with key components of the HHS National Strategy for Quality, supporting the three broad aims of better care, healthy people/healthy communities, and affordable care. These aims include the dissemination of proven interventions and accessible care - a concept that captures affordable care along with other elements of care accessibility, including the impact of health disparities.Given the rapid developments occurring in the quality of behavioral health data, these measures will be re-assessed on an annual basis and updated as appropriate. The expectation is that any entity with the capacity to collect behavioral health data will review these measures and use those of relevance.