Volume II, Issue XI - May 2021 Newsletter


David T. Jones, Director

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Welcome New SUPR Staff

Brandy Shumate has joined the SUPR team as a Contract Manager in the Bureau of Business and Fiscal Operations.
Brandy Shumate
Elizabeth Stehn has joined the SUPR team as an intern and will work with the Bureau of Business and Fiscal Operations.
Elizabeth Stehn

We are excited to welcome new members to our SUPR family!

Free Mutual Aid Group

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)

Gambling Trainings

Illinois Summit on Problem Gambling

This free, 2-day virtual conference will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of problem gambling awareness, treatment and prevention as well as introduce innovative approaches to addressing gambling disorder in the field of addiction. Visit the registration site today to view the schedule and guest speakers.

When: May 20-21, 2021

To register, please visit Illinois Summit on Problem Gambling 2021.

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Gambling Trainings

There is still time to register for the upcoming IDHS/SUPR Applying ASAM Guidelines and Levels of Care to Gambling Disorder trainings. This virtual training will be offered two more times before the end of SFY 2021. These two-hour trainings will provide clinicians with a basic understanding of the application of ASAM for gambling disorder treatment services. For more information, please visit Applying ASAM Guidelines and Levels of Care to Gambling Disorder.

Women and Gambling

The next gambling webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:00pm CST. To register for the upcoming webinar please click the link below.

Women and Gambling | We Know the Feeling

SFY 2022 Grant Applications

The State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022 grant applications and budgets were due on April 12, 2021. If you missed this deadline and have not been in communication with your assigned contract manager, please make sure to do so as soon as possible.

SUPR wants to support your organization in effective and efficient communication, so please reach out with questions regarding your respective grant agreements. Moreover, reach out with programmatic issues such as quality (fidelity), deliverable compliance, change in scope, etc. We are looking forward to a productive contractual process in SFY 2022.

Research on the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

During National Cancer Prevention Month this February, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) continued its efforts to advance knowledge about the link between alcohol and cancer.

In the United States, alcohol use is estimated to be the third-largest modifiable risk factor for cancer, behind only cigarette smoking and excess body weight. Studies have also shown that even moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women.

For more information, please visit Supporting Research on the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer.

New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines

In an effort to get evidence-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, effective April 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people.

Signed by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder exempt eligible physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives from federal certification requirements related to training, counseling, and other ancillary services that are part of the process for obtaining a waiver to treat up to 30 patients with buprenorphine.

More than 90,000 drug overdose deaths are predicted to have occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in September 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overdose deaths have continued to accelerate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional information on these new guidelines, please visit HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

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 at "Telehealth Services Expansion Prompted by COVID-19".

IDHS/SUPR has also sent several communications regarding this exception. To review, please visit http://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.

Overdose Response Funding Updates

SUPR publishes a monthly report summarizing funded projects in response to the overdose crisis. We invite you to review the report at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=105980.

Smart Alerts and Other Communications

DHS Coronavirus:  http://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:  http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=42567

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