October is NAS Awareness Month. NAS is a group of conditions caused when a baby withdraws from certain drugs after being exposed in the womb before birth.
The UP has some of the highest rates of NAS in the state of Michigan. Support for pregnant individuals with addiction are available to help improve outcomes.
Learn more about NAS here.
June 13 - 14 in Harris, MI
The emotional, physical, and psychological stress on the first responder is real and can be brutal. We're bringing together industry experts and individuals who have "been there" to discuss the effects of job-related stress and trauma, how to recognize when you or a colleague might need support, and develop best practices to mitigate the effects of stress and improve your quality of life on and off the job.
You'll learn about resources and strategies to ensure not only your personal well-being, but also the ones who call on you for help.
Conference content has been approved for 14.5 EMS continuing education credits; 14.5 training hours recognized by MCOLES.
Addiction professionals can now get CADC costs reimbursed, including:
**Applicants MUST have an account through MCBAP's Certemy to be able to proceed with this process
To improve access to substance use disorder treatment, HRSA is now paying for providers who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine. Under the DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) still have the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 payment on behalf of each provider who trained to obtain the waiver necessary to prescribe buprenorphine after January 1, 2019. Approximately $1.5 million in program funding remains available for RHCs and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
There is ongoing availability of a free online course for waiver eligibility training from the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and the Providers Clinical Support System. CLICK HERE to learn how to apply for funds.
October is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Awareness Month. The Upper Peninsula has one of the highest rates of NAS in the State of Michigan. With education about the topic, we hope to help change this. The most important thing to know about NAS is that help is available, for the individual using drugs and their child.
CLICK HERE to learn more about NAS and options for support and a healthier birth.
The EMS Leadership Academy is for new and current leaders, as well as anyone with an interest in the leadership and management of EMS. It is designed to give participants the basic tools and information needed to quickly and successfully assume the role of a leader. CLICK HERE to sign up.
Are you a provider in the mental health, addiction, or primary care field? We are now offering a support group to geared toward the unique needs of providers. Upcoming meetings will be announced soon.
CLICK HERE to sign up.
Are you a provider in the mental health, addiction, or primary care field? Our monthly e-newsletter is for you!
In each issue, you'll find:
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Join us for three, one-hour virtual presentations discussing how to help friends and family members with Substance Use Disorders. The presentations are free to attend via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92758223472
SESSION ONE: Understanding Substance Use Disorders ~ May 25 @ 6:00 PM (EST)
SESSION TWO: Recognizing Substance Use Disorders in people we care about ~ June 1 @ 6:00 PM (EST)
SESSION THREE: What to do when a cared person is struggling with a Substance Use Disorder ~ June 8 @ 6:00 PM (EST)
The Beyond the Save: Provider Toolkit has been designed as a collaborative effort to educate, provide tools and connect resources. Many people who struggle with opioid misuse also have legitimate needs for pain control and there are alternate options available for anyone who is at risk of opioid misuse. It is imperative that providers take a moment to assess patients before prescribing opioid medications, be aware of alternate options and be ready to connect patients to helpful resources.
Medical care providers can help reduce opioid abuse and overdose by checking the Michigan
Automated Prescription System (MAPS), reviewing patient history, and conducting a brief screening(see page 5 for screening tools of patients to identify those at risk for dependency or overdose).Patient, family and peers should be informed that all medications must be taken only as directed, as opioids that are not taken as directed can cause death.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week links teens with scientists and other experts to counteract myths about drugs and alcohol. In the UP, Communities That Care (CTC) coalitions are holding events in different counties. CLICK HERE to find events in your county.
Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS 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 families’ lives and the communities in which they live. Click here to learn more.
In 2018 there were 2,011 identified opioid overdose deaths in the state of Michigan.
If you are a person who uses drugs or if you are around people who use drugs, please consider learning how to respond to an opioid overdose and carrying naloxone (intranasal brand name: Narcan). Naloxone is a medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids slow down the activity of the central nervous system. This can cause slowed or stopped breathing which may lead to death. Naloxone displaces the opioids from the opioid receptors in the brain which allows the person who is experiencing an opioid overdose to begin breathing normally. Click here to learn more.
New R-CORP project addressing the needs of loved ones of those dealing with addiction. The vision of the FACE project is to help Upper Peninsula families facing addiction end the cycle to protect future generations. They connect families to recovery by raising awareness, reducing stigma, and providing support. Click here to learn more here
We held a giveaway for providers and first responders in the UP. Two prizes are available, and each includes a waffle knit beanie, a Yooper Strong face mask, and two LoyalTees stickers. Thank you LoyalTees for donating prizes!
Federal resources that can help rural communities become strong, healthy, prosperous, and resilient places to live and work. Find funding options, treatment and services, information on SUD and opioids, and expert help and training. Find the toolkit here.