Volume II, Issue VII - January 2021 Newsletter


David T. Jones, Director

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Welcome New SUPR Staff

Dr. Nicole Gastala will join SUPR on January 19, 2021 as our new Medical Director. Dr. Gastala is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Gastala is looking forward to working with SUPR and our stakeholders on current trends in medication intervention with a specific concentration in utilization management, which includes new psycho-social therapies, disease management, outcomes monitoring and research practice. She will also lead SUPR with clinical team development to further establish cutting edge delivery of addiction treatment services.

We are looking forward to having Dr. Gastala join the SUPR team!

Opioid Response Network Collaboration

Join the Opioid Response Network (ORN) Virtual Community Collaboration (VCC) to discuss building capacity in four counties in Eastern Illinois (Vermillion, Edgar, Douglas and Coles) to address the opioid epidemic using evidence-based practice.

Live Session 1:  January 12, 2021 - 1-3pm CT
Live Session 2:  February 18, 2021 - 1-3pm CT

For more information and to register, please visit Opioid Response Network (ORN) Virtual Community Collaboration (VCC).

Free Mutual Aid Group for Illinois Frontline Staff

Frontline staff are facing unprecedented stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Advocates for Human Potential for a free mutual aid group to share experiences, feel supported and get resources.

When:  Tuesdays at 12pm (CT)

Youth and Family TREE FY21 Funding Opportunity
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for FY21 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Youth and Family TREE).

Purpose:  To enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18) and transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD), and their families/primary caregivers.
Due:  Monday, February 8, 2021
Eligibility:  Domestic Public and Private Nonprofit Entities
Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $9,524,682
Anticipated Number of Awards:  17 (At least three awards will be made to tribes/tribal organizations pending sufficient application volume from these groups)
Anticipated Award Amount:
  Up to $545,000 per year, up to 5 years

For additional information and to apply, please visit Youth and Family TREE.

CDC Health Advisory

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a health advisory: "Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic". For additional details and the full advisory, please visit CDC Health Alert Network.

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Workforce Report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the "Behavioral Health Workforce Report" which documents effective mental and substance use disorder treatment models and pertinent staffing needs as part of the agency's goal to increase access to evidence-based mental and substance use disorder care.\

IOAD 2020 Partners' Report

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug related deaths.

To view the published report, please visit IOAD 2020 Partners' Report. We invite everyone to read and distribute through your networks.

To learn more about IOAD, please visit International Overdose Awareness Day.

COVID-19 Exceptions

A gentle reminder that COVID-19 exceptions are still in effect and have no expiration date at this time. Services delivered through Telehealth are still acceptable.

Please review the Provider Notice from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) dated March 20, 2020, "Telehealth Services Expansion Prompted by COVID-19".  To review the notice, please visit Telehealth Services Expansion Prompted by COVID-19.

IDHS/SUPR has also sent several communications regarding this exception. To review, please visit https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123240.

Recovery Residences Registry

The IDHS/SUPR Recovery Residence Registry has been moved to the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at https://helplineil.org/ to streamline searches, rather than looking in a separate place for recovery residence information. Information in the registry helps IDHS/SUPR better understand recovery residences' capacity and support for Medication Assisted Recovery. If you partner with a residence that is not listed, please invite them to register and/or contact Kimberly.Sriner@illinois.gov to list the organization. Search the recovery residences registry at https://helplineil.org/app/account/opa_result.

OCR Updates

As of December 30, 2020, 26,616 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

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

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