Volume III, Issue V - November 2021 Newsletter

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

IDHS/SUPR Trainings

The Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG) Training Event

The Illinois Council on Problem Gambling is set to host its annual Illinois Conference on Problem Gambling! This is a FREE event offered to the public!

November 12th: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST

Please visit ICPG Events to register!

Applying American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Guidelines and Levels of Care to Gambling Disorder

Please visit We Know the Feeling to register!

November 15th: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CST

Statewide Events Calendar

The Illinois Council on Problem Gambling, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR), has established a statewide events calendar for events sponsored by Illinois treatment and outreach providers.

Please visit Statewide Events Calendar for more details.

IDHS-HFS Announces Sustainability Investments in Behavioral Health Providers

At the direction of Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) are making every conceivable effort to strengthen the state's behavioral health infrastructure, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming Sustainability Payments in Behavioral Health Providers:

  • $13M for FY'22 MH Medicaid Provider Sustainability Payments from ARPA Recovery Funds
  • $27.4M for FY'22 SUPR Sustainability Payments from State and Federal Sources
  • $25M for Expansion of Services in Underserved Areas and Underutilized Services from ARPA Home and Community Based Services Enhanced Match

Please stay tuned for additional information.

Illinois Helpline Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR) Toolkits

The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances has released MAR toolkits for clinicians.

Please visit Illinois Helpline MAR for additional details and resources!

Bureau of Prevention Services

IDHS/SUPR, Bureau of Prevention Services wants to congratulate the organizations and prevention professionals who work hard every day to ensure that youth and their families hear, are provided with, and are engaged in the messages and skills to live a substance-free life.

Stress and loss related to the current substance use crisis (opioids and methamphetamine), COVID pandemic driven stress increases in alcohol use, and disparities associated with the social determinants of health may seem overwhelming, but you are saving lives.

Primary (Universal) prevention is critical to our work and will remain critical as we look forward and expand Selective and Indicated strategies.

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