Volume II, Issue II - August 2020 Newsletter


Danielle L. Kirby, Director

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

August 2020 Newsletter

Welcome New SUPR Staff:

Toni Terry has joined the SUPR team as a Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator in the Bureau of Prevention Services.

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

Gambling Webinars:

August 11, 2020:  Evidence-Based Treatment of Gambling with Dr. Jon Grant. Register here!

Summer Health & Safety:

Summer is typically a wonderful season for outdoor activities. For some people these activities include drinking alcoholic beverages. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, learn how to take measures to protect your own health and that of your loved ones. To learn more about ways to protect your health this summer, visit: www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/risky-drinking-can-put-chill-on-your-summer-fun

NEW Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number:

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. During the transition to 988, Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and through online chats. Veterans and Service members may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, chatting online at www.veteranscrisisline.net, or texting 838255. For more information, please visit https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-365563A1.docx.

State Justice Institute (SJI) Request for Applications:

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted the U.S. justice system. SJI has identified Emergency Preparedness and Cybersecurity as one of its Priority Investment Areas and has invested considerable resources into supporting the courts in pandemic planning, response and recovery activities. Through this solicitation, SJI seeks to support projects that look to the future of judicial service delivery by identifying and replicating innovations and alternate means of conducting court business because of the pandemic.

Areas of Focus:
SJI is seeking to fund projects that assist state courts in their response to, and recovery from, COVID-19, with a look towards the future of court operations. In addition to meeting all other application requirements, SJI will give priority consideration for funding to projects that focus on institutionalizing and/or replicating practices that were implemented during the pandemic.

How to Apply:
Applications, along with all required forms and attachments, are due to SJI via email to contact@sji.gov by August 14, 2020 to be eligible for consideration for the first round of review. Applications received after August 14, 2020 will be reviewed, and if approved, awarded on a rolling basis in FY 2021. See the SJI website for the full Request for Applications.

Recovery Residences Registry:

A reminder to recovery residences to register in the Recovery Residences Registry through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RR2019. The registration process allows Recovery Homes, Oxford Houses and other non-licensed sober living environments to update their information and to make sure they are listed correctly on the registry. Information in the registry helps IDHS/SUPR better understand recovery residences' capacity and support for Medication Assisted Treatment. If you partner with a residence that is not listed, please invite them to register and/or contact Jennifer.Jennings@illinois.gov to list the organization. Visit the recovery residences registry at https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=115597.

HHS Extends Application Deadline:

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial relief to healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health and Human Services announced an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers. HHS also plans to allow certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges in the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution application period a second opportunity to receive funding. Both groups will have until Friday, August 28, 2020 to apply.

For additional information, please visit https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/07/31/hhs-extends-application-deadline-for-medicaid-providers-and-plans-to-reopen-portal-to-certain-medicare-providers.html.

Listening Session & Strategic Discussion Series:

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network and the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network are actively having strategic discussions on Social Determinants of Health for the Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Workforces. The session from July 30th was focused on a follow-up discussion on how to lead and engage in critical conversations around racial equity. This topic is timely as well as critical for our field. Previous conversations are recorded and can be listened to at: https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/network-coordinating-office/sdh-and-covid-discussion-series, for the ATTC/PTTC.

Fact Sheet: SAMHSA 42 CFR:

The 42 CFR Part 2 regulations (Part 2) serve to protect patient records created by federally assisted programs for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). Part 2 has been revised to further facilitate better coordination of care in response to the opioid epidemic while maintaining its confidentiality protections against unauthorized disclosure and use. For more information, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/202007131330.

OCR Updates:

As of July 31, 2020, 24,531 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.

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 

  • IDHS/SUPR Virtual Support Group for Frontline Human Services Workers
  • Announcing SUPR's New Bureau Chief of Business and Fiscal Operations
  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority COVID-19 Relief Funding Opportunity
  • Opioid Overdose Deaths Increase in 2020

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