Volume XV, Issue I - July 2021

From:  David T. Jones, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

New Training Opportunity for IDHS/SUPR Medical Directors and Other Licensed Medical Staff

IDHS/SUPR is pleased to announce a new series of quarterly trainings for IDHS/SUPR-licensed treatment organizations' medical directors and additional medical staff - nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physicians - that focuses on best practices related to caring for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) including the regulatory components required by Administrative Rule 2060.

Training Objectives:

  1. Improve SUD clinical practices and concurrently improve patient outcomes.
  2. Increase staff use of SUD best practices.
  3. Increase staff's understanding of Administrative Rule 2060, and medical liability factors associated with SUD treatment.
  4. Integrating recovery support services throughout the continuum of care.

Presenters will include:

  • Dr. Nicole Gastala, IDHS/SUPR's Medical Director, is a board-certified Family Physician and is also board certified in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Gastala is currently treating patients with Medication-Assisted Recovery (MAR) and has conducted research in a myriad of areas including behavioral health, mental health, primary care and has worked with patients in urban and rural settings.
  • Laura Garcia, IDHS/SUPR's Chief of Staff, has a Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University, a second Master's Degree in Counseling from Governors State University, is a State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and she is also a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC).

All trainings will be conducted by webinar and held from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM.

First Training:  July 30, 2021
Title:  Best Practices in Admission - Initial Screening, Assessment, and Protocols for Admission.

Second Training:  October 2021
Title:  Withdrawal Management and Stabilization in Special Populations - Pregnancy and OUD

Third Training:  January 2022
Title:  Exploring MAR and Recovery Oriented Services Throughout the Continuum of Care

Fourth Training:  April 2022
Title:  Best practices for Special Populations with a SUD; patients with co-occurring conditions (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), SUD and mental health), pregnant women with SUD, justice-involved, veterans, and unsheltered homeless.

IDHS/SUPR highly encourages you to share this Smart Alert (pdf) with your medical director, other physicians, and other licensed medical staff (e.g., nurses) to participate in the webinars. Continuing Medication Education (CME) units will be available for doctors and nurses.

Instructions for Registering for IDHS/SUPR Webinars

You will find the registration information for each SUPR Treatment and Recovery Training on the Prevention First website.

As a reminder, before you register, you must create an account with Prevention First unless you have already established one. If you have an account, please review instructions for registering.

Instructions for setting up an account

  • go to Prevention First
  • on the right side of page, click on LOGIN OR REGISTER
  • click on NEW USER? REGISTER
  • complete the account information

To register for trainings, following the instructions below:

  • go to Prevention First
  • on the right side of page, click on LOGIN OR REGISTER
  • enter your username and password
  • hover over TRAINING across top of page
  • scroll down to SUPR TREATMENT AND RECOVERY TRAINING
  • scroll down to training of interest
  • click on the date you would like to register for and follow the prompts

After you register for the training, you will receive a confirmation email with a link. You may also need to complete the webinar registration to receive your webinar login information.