VOLUME III, ISSUE XII June 2022 Newsletter

Happy Pride Month!

A Message from Secretary Hou: LGBTQ+ Pride Month. We are also excited to share this Video that IDHS and IDHR collaborated on to celebrate Pride Month!

SUPR Staffing Update:

Tonya Brust has joined the SUPR team as an Administrative Assistant in the Bureau of Business and Fiscal Operations.

Kayla Meloy has joined the SUPR team as an Intern in the Bureau of Planning, Performance Assessment, Federal Projects, and Program Development.

Tatiana Thomas has joined the SUPR team as an Intern in the Bureau of Licensure, Compliance and Monitoring.

Monica Jibben will join the SUPR team as an Administrative Assistant in the Director's Office and Administrative Services Unit.

Please join us in welcoming each member of the SUPR family into their new roles!

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day:

SAMHSA recognizes National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and highlights the importance of caring for every child's mental health, and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to healthy development. We encourage you to visit National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day to learn more about his important initiative.

IDHS/SUPR Trainings:

Join IDHS/SUPR for our June 2022 Gambling Disorder Services Webinar Series! You are invited to register for any of the upcoming webinars below by clicking on the title of your preferred training. Details for logging-in and participating in the webinar will follow, after you register.

June 8, 2022: Gambling & Problem Gambling in Vulnerable & Marginalized Populations

June 9, 2022: Clinical Identification & Screening for Gambling Disorder

June 15, 2022: ASAM Criteria & Gambling

June 16, 2022: Gambling & Suicide: The Who, The Why, and What to Do

June 23, 2022: Gambling & Suicide: The Who, They Why, and What to Do

June 28, 2022: ASAM Criteria & Gambling

June 30, 2022: Gambling & Suicide: The Who, The Why, and What to Do

2022 CRSS/CPRS Competency Trainings:

In March 2022, SUPR shared information regarding 2022 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Trainings hosted by IDHS/Division of Mental Health. Registration for Sessions 3 & 4 are now open!

To register, click on the training date and time you wish to attend. Please register for only one training in each section.

Session 3:

July 25th, 9am-12pm

July 27th, 1pm-4pm

July 29th, 9am-12pm

Session 4:

August 1st, 9am-12pm

August 3rd, 1pm-4pm

August 5th, 9am-12pm

To view the March newsletter with additional information, visit SUPR March 2022 Newsletter.

Loan Repayment Program:

Eligible substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities can become Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) approved!

For more information on how to become eligible, please visit Become a SUD Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program-approved Facility.

Patient Education Resources for SUD Services:

SAMHSA funds Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services in Illinois and across the United States.

SBIRT is an evidence-based approach to identifying and delivering early intervention and treatment to people with alcohol and substance use disorders (SUDs) and those at risk of developing these disorders.

SAMHSA's SBIRT grantees include medical residency agreements, state cooperative agreements, targeted capacity expansion campus screening and brief intervention projects, SBIRT medical professionals training grants, and websites.

If you are working with SUD services in healthcare settings, consider accessing the SAMHSA-funded patient education resources provided free to reproduce through the University of Missouri-Kansas City | School of Nursing and Health Studies at Patient Education - SBIRT for Substance Abuse.

Among many resources, you'll find excellent materials on alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamines, prescription stimulants, and prescription depressants in English and other languages such as Spanish and Vietnamese. Please maintain or provide the acknowledgement printed on the materials.

Timely Billing Reminder:

As the fiscal year ends, SUPR would like to remind organizations of the importance of timely billing now and throughout the year. This is true for billing both through DARTS and through expense-based vouchers. DARTS services should be submitted at least monthly but can be submitted weekly. Expense-based grant agreement expenditures must be submitted to the organization's Grant Manager, Program Administrator or Project Director as directed.

Monthly Expenditure Payment Vouchers must be submitted through email by the 15th of the month based on the previous month's expenditures using the approved form. All emailed payment vouchers must include a carbon copied to DHS.SUPRVouchers@illinois.gov and the email subject line must include the grant agreement award number.

All expenditures must be consistent with the division approved program budget and can vary by 10% or $1,000, whichever is greater, by budget category. Please note that failure to submit such payments in a timely manner may result in amounts billed to be rendered as unallowable costs, which cannot be reimbursed.

Reminder- FY22 Final Payment & Data Submission:

IDHS/SUPR is issuing this gentle reminder that final FY2022 submissions for billing all non-Medicaid SUPR funded services are due by 5:00pm on August 1, 2022.

For additional information, please see the Smart Alert that was sent in January. Questions concerning this requirement can be directed to the SUPR Help Desk at: DOIT.SUPRHELP@ILLINOIS.GOV

Public Awareness Campaigns:

The Bureau of Prevention Services supports the development of public awareness campaigns to inform the residents of Illinois of several issues. We work closely with Prevention First and their subcontractor on the development and dissemination of the following campaign to raise public awareness of these issues impacting IL residents.

The A Dose of Truth IL campaign informs on the risks of using opioids, the dangers of fentanyl, the high risk for overdose due to fentanyl contamination of the illicit drug supply and counterfeit prescription pills, how to prevent an overdose, the safe use or prescription pain medications, and resources.

The website if chock full of valuable information. Message themes are researched, developed, and promoted every 3-6 months through social media and other platforms targeting specific groups by age, etc. to drive them to the website. This campaign can also be found onFacebook - A Dose Of Truth Illinois | Instagram - A Dose Of Truth Illinois | YouTube - A Dose Of Truth Illinois

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 simplify public inquiries for Recovery Residence. 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

Overdose Response Funding Updates:

SUPR publishes a quarterly report summarizing funded projects in response to the overdose crisis. We invite you to review the Overdose Response Funding Report at your convenience.

Smart Alerts and Other Communications:

DHS 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.

Summary of SUPR Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Smart Alerts

SUPR COVID-19 Communications