Volume I, Issue III - May 2020 Newsletter


Danielle L. Kirby, Director

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Coronavirus Update:

The health, safety and well-being of all those we serve are amongst our highest priorities. Please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus page at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov for the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe. Links to several other communications and guidance specific to IDHS/SUPR licensed and funded organizations are included at the end of this Newsletter.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SAMHSA is offering several resources for mental and substance use disorder treatment providers and others. In addition, given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, SAMHSA is providing regular updates via a new consolidated COVID-19 page. This page can be found at samhsa.gov/coronavirus.

Training Opportunities:

Prevention Training:

May 12, 2020 (10:00am - 11:00am): Vaping 101 & Trends Among Youth in Illinois

Dr. Brian Williams of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will present an overview on vaping, including basic facts of vaping and how it works, the harm it causes, and current national youth vaping stats and trends. Jake Levinson will share Illinois-specific data regarding vaping use among youth - taken from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey.

Gambling Disorder Webinars:

IDHS/SUPR is continuing to expand screening, assessment, treatment, case management, community intervention, and recovery support services for individuals with gambling disorders.

For more information on Gambling Disorder trainings and webinars, please visit https://weknowthefeeling.org/for-providers/.

May 5, 2020: Wild World of Sports Betting

May 8, 2020: Problem Gambling Among Military & Veteran Populations

May 15, 2020: Internet Gaming, eSports and Sports Gambling

May 21, 2020: Psychosocial Treatments: Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Therapy with Dr. Dave Ledgerwood

May 29, 2020: Interpersonal Violence and Problem Gambling

June 2, 2020: Gambling & the Brain with Dr. Dave Ledgerwood

June 12, 2020: SBIRT

June 16, 2020: Trauma, PTSD and Gambling with Dr. Dave Ledgerwood

June 23, 2020: Cognitive Distortions and Gambling

Counseling Webinars:

IDHS/SUPR is sponsoring a series of trainings between March and June 2020 to enhance the skills, abilities, and knowledge of counselors, clinical supervisors and administrators providing and supervising substance use disorder treatment. All training sessions are available by webinar.

May 5, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm; 1:30pm-4:30pm): Co-occurring Disorders Program Assessment

May 6, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm; 1:30pm-4:30pm): Co-occurring Disorders Program Assessment

May 7-8, 2020: ASAM 2-day Skill Building Webinar

May 11-13, 2020: ASAM Criteria Implementation Leader: Three-day Training

May 21-22, 2020: ISP Plans Using ASAM Criteria and Motivational Interviewing

June 1-3, 2020: ASAM Criteria Implementation Leader: Three-day Training

June 8-12, 2020: Peer Recovery Coach: Five-day Training

June 22-24, 2020: ASAM Criteria Implementation Leader: Three-day Training

Telehealth & Other Resources:

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched a Telehealth website to expand health care access. The website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services. Please visit https://Telehealth.hhs.gov.

The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRC) hosts an educational webinar every third Thursday of the month from 11am-12pm PT. Please visit https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org for more information.

Previous webinars can be found on the NCTRC YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/nctrc.

The Harm Reduction Coalition advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addition, and incarceration. https://harmreduction.org.

Vaping Among Illinois Youth:

Vaping nicotine and THC has become a significant issue for Illinois youth. There has been a dramatic increase in use from 2016 to 2018 for Illinois students as measured by the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Youth Tobacco Use and Vaping in Illinois brief. An article by Dr. Lily Balasuriya for the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/global-pttc/when-it-comes-preventing-electronic-cigarettes-and-vaping-related-products) highlights some of the main effects of vaping both nicotine and THC as well as some great suggestions for prevention.

Funding Opportunities:

HHS-HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation: Will advance RCORP's overall goal by strengthening and expanding SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services to enhance rural residents' ability to access treatment and move towards recovery. Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations. Due: May 26, 2020

For more information, please visit https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/find-funding/hrsa-20-031.

Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grant: SAMHSA plans to issue 8 grants of up to $500,000 per year for up to 5 years. Eligible applicants are entities that provide treatment or recovery services for individuals with SUDs and partner with one or more local or state stakeholders, which may include community organizations, the local workforce development board, local and state governments, and Indian tribes or tribal organizations. Due: May 31, 2020

For more information, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-20-013.

State Opioid Response Technical Assistance: SAMHSA plans to issue 1 grant of up to $16,607,000 per year for two years. Eligible applicants are domestic, public, and private non-profit entities. Due: June 7,020

For more information, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-20-008.

OCR Updates:

As of April 20, 2020, 23,172 persons with opioid use disorder (OUD) have been served through these Opioid Crisis Response (OCR) Grants. Updated OCR accomplishments are summarized each month at https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=105980.

Smart Alerts and Other Communications:

Over the past month, IDHS and IDHS/SUPR sent the following communications to keep providers informed.

Smart Alerts: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=42567 

  • Posting Notification: FY 2021 Funding Applications and Programmatic Risk Assessments
  • IDHS/SUPR Sponsored Trainings: Updated Information
  • Loan Repayment Programs
  • Two Telehealth Opportunities

SUPR COVID-19 Communications:


4/29/20: Update to Telehealth Billing

4/27/20: COVID-19 Survey

4/13/20: Update to "Request for Information" Form

4/10/20: COVID-19 Crisis Support Plan for IDHS/SUPR Funded Recovery Residences

4/4/20: COVID-19 Telehealth Billing

4/4/20: COVID-19 Recovery Residences & Homelessness

In addition, IDHS has posted many communications related to Coronavirus at https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123118.