We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
NAADAC’s Calendar of Events is a marketing tool for the promotion of NAADAC, affiliate, and partner events and webinars. Posting events on the calendar is free and easy to do – just click “submit an event” and fill out the event submission form. Adding your event to the NAADAC calendar has many benefits:
- Listed on NAADAC's main calendar
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Cut Medicaid by $880 billion and strip more than 20 million people of their health insurance.
Allow states to remove essential health benefits (which require addiction and mental health benefits) and
Return to a time when insurers could discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, charging them higher premiums and selling them plans that don’t meet their health needs by limiting benefits and increasing out-of-pocket costs.
It is critical that we make our voices heard again! Please call AND email your legislators today to ask them to oppose the AHCA.
Throughout May, NAADAC and participants across the country are raising awareness for mental health. Each year, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for equal care. According to SAMHSA’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 20.8 million people aged 12 or older who had a substance use disorder during the past year, 41.2 percent had a co-occurring mental illness.
Given the prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, it is critical to advance research on the factors that contribute to co-occurring disorders and to develop interventions to prevent and treat them. For Mental Health Month, the Mental Health Association has created toolkits for individuals and organizations to educate people about habits and seemingly common behaviors that are risk factors for, or indicators of mental health or substance use disorders.
Voting has opened for NAADAC’s 2017 Regional Vice President Elections. NAADAC members in the North Central, Mid-Central, Southeast, and Southwest regions should log into their Members-only Portal to vote for their next RVP. All NAADAC members are eligible and encouraged to vote for the candidates in their region. Members need to sign intothe NAADAC website and click on the voting link in the Members-only Portal to vote.
Up to 50 % Off NAADAC's Employee Assistance Professional's Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment (SBIRT) in May!
The EAP and Behavioral Health Professional’s Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment is a 200+ skill-based training manual on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). This Learner's Guide brings together the tools that employee assistance professionals (EAPs) and other helping professionals need to screen clients for unhealthy drinking, deliver effective brief counseling, refer and co-manage with addiction specialists for EAP clients with serious problems and provide successful case management & follow-up
The program has many links to brief, 2 to 4 minute web training videos that show both appropriate and inappropriate SBIRT techniques. Supplementary materials such as questionnaires, practice scripts, clinical tools, research articles, and links to additional training resources are provided
Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 3:00- 4:30pm ET (2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)
Adverse experiences of childhood can account for 32.4% of all mental health disorders, 41.2% if disruptive behavior disorders, 32.4% of anxiety disorders, 26.2% of mood disorders, and 21% of substance use disorders. These disorders are linked to early death, higher levels of incarceration and recidivism, reliance on social services, unemployment, and shorter life spans. As many of the individuals with substance use disorders fit within the definition of developmental trauma, addiction professionals need to know the dynamics of childhood trauma and neglect and their impact on the course of treatment and how to providing trauma-informed care (TIC).
Earn 1.5 CEs (free for NAADAC members - join now!).
It has come to the attention of NAADAC that a serious scam is being perpetrated on SUD counselors in Virginia. Emails are being sent (via Psychology Today) inquiring about marriage counseling for a couple on vacation in “your city.” The “client” says that they will send a check for 50% of the amount of between 10-12 sessions that will be attended during their vacation. A cashier’s check arrives for double the entire amount with a follow-up email explaining that an error was made and asking the counselor to deposit the check and then refund the 50% overpayment.
Dr. George Sigounas, MS, PhD has been announced as the new administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), effective immediately. Dr. Sigounas completed a post-doctoral fellowship at NIH, and his research interests include stem cells, cancer-initiating cells, and bone marrow transplants. With Dr. Sigounas’ arrival, Jim Macrae returns to his position as Administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). NAADAC thanks Mr. Macrae for this hard work and diligence, and welcomes Dr. Sigounas.
Annual Conference Scholarships Available
Thanks to the generous support of our partners, NAADAC is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to cover full or partial registration fees for its 2017 Annual Conference in Denver, CO from September 22-26th. All scholarship awardees are expected to pay for all other fees, travel, and lodging expenses. Scholarship awardees will be notified by July 15, 2017.
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 our latest listings!