VOLUME III, ISSUE VII January 22 Newsletter

SUPR Staffing Update:

Jill Reich has joined the SUPR team as a compliance monitor in the Bureau of Licensure, Compliance and Monitoring.

Jasmine Sommer has joined the SUPR team as a compliance monitor in the Bureau of Licensure, Compliance and Monitoring.

Ticorral Tolliver has joined the SUPR team as a grant manager in the Bureau of Business and Fiscal Operations.

IDHS/SUPR Trainings:

30-hour Gambling Disorder Clinical Training:

January 10, 12, 19, 20, 24, 27

February 1, 3, 8, 10

Each training will be held from 8:15-11:30am CST. Participants must attend all 10 sessions

To register, visit 30-hour Gambling Disorder Clinical Training.

Therapeutic Cultural Considerations and Interventions with Latinos Webinar:

January 14th, 2022: 12:00-4:15pm CST

To register, visit ICPG Events.

Gambling and College Webinar:

January 21st, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm CST

To register, visit Gambling and College Webinar.

Gambling Disorder: Working with Families:

January 28th, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm CST

To register, visit Gambling Disorder: Working with Families.

NEW IL Helpline Toolkit:

The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances announced the launch of START MOUD (Support & Toolkits for Advancing Recovery & Treatment through Medications for Opioid Use Disorder). START MOUD provides free resources for Illinois-based clinicians who wish to being treating patients using Buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

Visit IL Helpline to explore and learn more. For information on sharing these resources across multiple media platforms, download the Promotional Toolkit. We hope you will find these tools useful and share them with your networks!

SUPR 2021 Accomplishments:

  • Implemented ACCESS NARCAN across the State
  • Implemented Seeking Safety-A Treatment Manual for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Abuse
  • Implemented Mobile Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR)
  • Implemented a rate increase for non-Medicaid services
  • Issued Provider Retention/Sustainability Payments to Support Workforce Retention and Development

COVID-19 Mitigation Housing Resource:

A Safe Haven, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), can provide a FREE temporary place for individuals testing positive for COVID-19 to quarantine at A Safe Haven's isolation center. You can make referrals to A Safe Haven in REDCap by visiting COVID-19 Temporary Quarantine. In the referral form, please respond to the questions where possible to help ensure patients have access to medication as soon as possible after being transferred.

This information is also available to you at Chicago COVID-19 Isolation Facilities.

If you have questions, concerns, or have not received a referral response within 4 hours of submission, please email A Safe Haven at ashcovidshelter@gmail.com OR call 847-773-7931.

Cannabis Revenue Updates:

Cannabis Revenue continues to grow in the State of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and specifically the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) and the Division of Mental Health (DMH), are funding over 20 initiatives and programs across the state with this revenue.

As of December 2021, nearly $70 million dollars in revenue has accrued. Allocation continues to support programs that address mental health and substance use challenges, as well as evaluation of these programs and both information sharing and public education regarding cannabis use.

Some exciting opportunities include a focus on a more robust response to support women re-entering the community following incarceration. This effort is a collaboration between IDHS, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and anticipated to launch in the second half of Fiscal Year 2022. Other exciting innovations include a focus on establishing a state-wide foundation for the 9-8-8 suicide hotline launch; further expansion of naloxone; and exploration of a community-focused Substance Use Disorder treatment approach.

If you have any questions about cannabis-funded initiatives being managed by IDHS, please reach out to Dana Careless, Behavioral Health Advisor with SUPR, at Dana.Careless@illinois.gov.

Permanent Supportive Housing NOFO:

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). The deadline for submissions is January 14th, 2022.

For additional details and information, visit our Smart Alert that was published in December!

Access Narcan Program:

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) aims to reduce the number of opioid overdoses through the expansion of community-based Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) services.

For additional details and information on how to register, visit our Smart Alert that was published in August!

COVID-19 Exceptions:

A gentle reminder that COVID-19 exceptions are still in effect and have no expiration date currently. 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"

IDHS/SUPR has also sent several communications regarding the COVID-19 Exception that you can review.

Recovery Residences Registry

The IDHS/SUPR Recovery Residence Registry has been moved to the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances 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 any time.