Volume III, Issue II - August 2021 Newsletter

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

Illinois e-News Release

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that it is making naloxone more readily available to reverse the effect of opioid overdoses impacting people across the state with opioid use disorder (OUD). IDHS is investing nearly $13 million aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic through expanding access to this lifesaving medication. Increasing access to naloxone is one of the multiple harm reduction strategies IDHS is utilizing to support people experiencing the disease of addiction and addressing record numbers of fatalities. To learn more, visit Access Narcan.

Additional information is forthcoming in a Smart Alert.

FY 2021 Final Payment and Data Submission

A final reminder that the FY 2021 final submission due date for billing all non-Medicaid Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) funded services is today, August 2, 2021 by 5:00 PM. It is critically important that DARTS or manual billing errors be resolved when they occur as delays in billing reconciliation from the vendor that result in non-accepted or late submissions will not be eligible for payment through the court of claims.

Please see the Smart Alert that was sent in February for additional important details.

Illinois Gambling Webinar

Join the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) for our August webinar! Visit the We Know the Feeling website (under Training tab) to register or click on the link provided below. We hope to see you there!

August 10, 2021:  "Day Trading" with Dan Trolaro

Illinois Evidence-Based Practices Virtual Conference Series

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health (IDHS/DMH) has announced that registration is now open for their 2021 Illinois Evidence-Based Practices Virtual Conference Series, which will be their second annual EBP conference in virtual format.

Please refer to the attached flyer for full details on the sessions available and registration links. Full details on the opportunity to earn CEUs are listed on page 4.

Please refer any questions to: DHS.DMHEBPConference@illinois.gov.

Webinar:  How to Develop a Competitive Grant Application

The Office of Financial Resources at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be conducting a webinar on how to develop a competitive grant application. The webinar will be offered on August 26th, September 30th, and October 28th at 2:00 PM (EST).

The webinar will address:

  • The four registration processes that need to be completed
  • Preparing to apply for a grant
  • Key components of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Responding effectively to the evaluation criteria
  • Resources and technical assistance that are available

Information on how to access the webinars can be found on the Training Events webpage. There is no need to pre-register. If you would like to receive the slides prior to the webinar, please send an email to GPOtraining@samhsa.hhs.gov.

DMH Certified Recovery Support Specialist/Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Trainings

In previous months we shared that the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health will be hosting six equivalent virtual training opportunities. Below you will find the registration information for Sessions 5 and 6. Please review our June Newsletter for other important information.

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

Session 5: August 16 (AM), August 18 (PM), August 20 (AM)

Session 6: August 23 (AM), August 25 (PM), August 27 (AM)

AM Sessions will be held 9:00am-12:00pm.

PM Sessions will be held 1:00pm-4:00pm.

For more information about future CPRS/CRSS trainings or ways these credentials can be used in substance use, please contact Kim Sriner (Kimberly.Sriner@illinois.gov).

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.

Overdose Response Funding Updates

SUPR publishes a monthly 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

SAMHSA COVID-19:  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