Volume II, Issue I - July 2020 Newsletter

From:  Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

July 2020 Newsletter

Welcome New SUPR Staff:

Bobby Gillmore has joined the SUPR team as Administrator of Business and Fiscal Services. He will provide administration and oversight for the Bureau of Business and Fiscal Operations, which is inclusive of budget, fiscal and contract administration for SUPR.

Katie Kelsh has joined the SUPR team as a Michael Curry Intern and will be working on the continued efforts to fulfill requirements of the Executive Order 2020-02, Strengthening the State's Commitment to Ending the Opioid Epidemic.

We are excited to have them and continue to expand our SUPR team!

Webinars and Other Events:

Indigenous Perspectives on COVID-19:  The University of Maryland School of Public Health seminar will address the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic among AI/AN Tribes.

July 7, 2020:  6:00pm EST. Register Here

Culture is Prevention:  The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) and the National American Indian and Alaskan Native PTTC virtual learning sessions will address culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services for AI/Ans and Latinxs.

Session 1:  July 8, 2:00pm ET

Session 2:  July 14, 2:00pm ET

Session 3:  July 22, 2:00pm ET

Session 4:  August 5, 2:00pm ET

IDHS/SUPR Supported CTGI 2020 Goes Virtual:

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CTGI), a statewide youth leadership program that empowers youth with the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead alcohol, tobacco and drug-free lives, has announced their virtual Teen institute that will be held from Sunday, July 19th to Wednesday, July 22nd.

Sessions will be held each night on Zoom from 7:00-8:30 PM. This year's institute is free and open to any student entering 7th-12th grade, volunteers, alumni or anyone working with a prevention group or Youth Advisory Council. Pre-registration is required: https://ilabh-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdeGtqDwiGtJlnVs4pVtndh8-WrMaSmRs

Parent Resources During the Pandemic:

Prevention First is committed to supporting substance use prevention efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents, caregivers and communities are struggling to keep their families safe and engaged. Prevention First has created a summary of resources available to help learn how to effectively respond to this pandemic to best support youth and members in your family and community. https://www.prevention.org/professional-resources/sap-professional-resources/covid-19/ 

Prevent & End Homelessness:

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is currently collecting input to update the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. Input is due by July 11, 2020. https://www.usich.gov/public-input/ 

When providing input, use the following to help guide your input and/or recommendations:

  • If you were to propose one new initiative that the federal government is not doing now, what would it be?
  • Outside of prior USICH federal strategic plan focuses, what else might the federal government do to prevent and/or reduce homelessness?
  • What is one activity the federal government is doing that you believe should be deprioritized?
  • What is one activity that the federal government is doing well and that should be prioritized?
  • Overall, what would you say the top 3 federal priorities should be as they related to preventing and ending homelessness?
  • In terms of homelessness, what areas are in need of great attention at the federal, state and local levels?

Additional thoughts are welcome. Please note that there is a 1,000-word limit.

OCR Updates:

As of June 30, 2020, 24,117 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.

ProPublica Article Highlighting Overdose Trends During the COVID Pandemic:  https://www.propublica.org/article/overdose-deaths-have-skyrocketed-in-chicago-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic-may-be-making-it-worse

DHS Coronavirus:  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123118

SAMHSA COVID-19:  samhsa.gov/coronavirus

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.

Summary of SUPR Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic:  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/OneNetLibrary/27896/documents/IDHS-SUPR_Coronavirus_Summary_Index.pdf

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

  • FY2021 Rate Increases, Contractual Policy Manual and DARTS Changes for FY2021
  • IDHS/SUPR Telehealth Training Opportunity

SUPR COVID-19 Communications:  https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123240.

6/2/2020:  Message from IDHS Divisions to Providers

6/25/2020:  SUPR COVID-19 Phase 4 Message