Harm Reduction, By Mail: the Next Step in Promoting the Health of People Who Use Drugs

Providing harm reduction supplies, including sterile injection equipment and naloxone for overdose reversal, reduces morbidity and mortality for people who use drugs. Yet, despite the strong public health imperative, scaling these services to people in need has been slow and inadequate. Syringe service programs (SSPs) that distribute these supplies are unavailable in many areas of high need in the USA. Online access and mail-delivery may be a modern solution to problems that have limited the impact of harm reduction for decades.

National Federation of Families Legislation and Advocacy

National Federation of Families Legislation and Advocacy -The National Federation of Families is involved at the national level in monitoring legislation, funding opportunities, advocacy opportunities and resources that could aid your work as the voice for families in your community, state and nationwide. Learn about current topics that impact youth and families, see our latest edition of updates, sign up to receive alerts, share news from your state and explore the advocacy toolkit – designed to assist individuals and organizations in their role as the voice for families.

Partnership to End Addiction Advocacy Toolkit

Partnership to End Addiction Advocacy Toolkit You are interested in advocacy, but where do you begin? What does it mean to advocate? How do you do so effectively? This toolkit provides you with an introduction to advocating on the issue of addiction. It explains what advocacy is and highlights why it’s so important and powerful. Get tips for building relationships and effectively communicating with members of Congress, learn about important advocacy needs in the addiction field, and gain guidance for getting involved. You can use these tactics to advocate at any level of government (i.e., federal, state, local).

Healing Voices

Healing Voices is a social action documentary which chronicles the lives of people experiencing mental health issues or extreme states in real time. The film features characters who have made incredible recoveries, or are working towards recovery, by finding alternatives to the current one-size-fits-all medical model.

Treatment Considerations for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Serious Mental Illnesses and Co-occurring Substance Use

This guide presents three evidence-based practices that engage and improve outcomes for youth and young adults with co-occurring SED/SMI and substance misuse or SUD. These approaches will assist clinicians, behavioral health organizations, primary care providers, schools, insurers, transformation experts, and policy makers to understand, select, and implement evidence-based interventions that support youth and young adult mental health. These include psychosocial interventions, family behavioral therapy, medication, proactive outreach, and use of web-based and other technologies.

Oregon Considers a New Approach to People in Mental Crisis

HB 2980 would provide funding for three “peer respite centers”—short-term, homelike facilities for people experiencing mental health crises. Currently, people suffering such crises often end up in jail or emergency rooms, neither of which are equipped to handle them. This bill proposes instead to create safe places where people who’ve had mental health crises themselves—i.e., peers—would provide the services.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Model

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model alleviates decades-old challenges that have led to a crisis in providing access to mental health and addiction care. CCBHCs are responsible for directly providing (or contracting with partner organizations to provide) nine types of services,1 with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination and integration with physical health care. The demonstration program represents the largest investment in mental health and addiction care in generations.

Peers for Progress

Peers for Progress was founded in 2006 to promote peer support as a key part of health, health care, and prevention around the world. The mission of Peers for Progress is to accelerate the availability of best practices in peer support. Peers for Progress is designed to demonstrate the value of peer support, extend the evidence base for such interventions, help establish peer support as an accepted, core component of health care, and promote peer support programs and networks on a global scale.

A Brief History of Peer Support: Origins by Patrick Tang, MPH

What Helps What Harms Maryland

What Helps What Harms Maryland was designed to infuse the youth and young adult voice into strategic policy actions and planning processes for systemic change in the state of Maryland through convening discussion groups and forums to learn about and make recommendations to address young adult peer needs.

SMART Recovery Family & Friends

Science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training).

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults-

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.

The Fletcher Group

Provides Technical Assistance to rural communities whose efforts to help those with opioid and other substance use disorders can benefit significantly from safe, sustainable Recovery Housing and other Best Practice services.

The Sanctuary Model®

Represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.

The Case for Peer Support

Peer support is an evidence-based practice for individuals with mental health conditions or challenges. Both quantitative and qualitative evidence indicate that peer support lowers the overall cost of mental health services by reducing re-hospitalization rates and days spent in inpatient services, increasing the use of outpatient services. Peer support improves quality of life, increases and improves engagement with services, and increases whole health and self-management. This document identifies key outcomes of per support services over a range of studies differentiated by program, geographic location, and year. Though many of the studies and programs listed in this article have some major programmatic differences, one thing is the same ? they all demonstrate the value of peer support.