SUPR Newsletter December 2022

SUPR Staffing Update:

Fatina Lopez-Hoskins has joined the SUPR team as an Administrative Assistant in the Bureau of Licensure, Compliance and Monitoring.

Cesar De La Torre has joined the SUPR team as the Database and Technical Support Manager in the Director's Office.

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

FY23 ACP Survey:

Per IDHS/SUPR's FY23 Contract Policy Manual and FY23 Attachment C, all substance use disorder treatment and recovery homes who receive Substance Abuse Block Grant funded (SABG) (Global) are required to complete the Annual Certification Plan (ACP) survey. If your organization only administers the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant or another SAMHSA federal discretionary funded project, you are not required to complete the survey. Data from the survey is used to comply with reporting requirements associated with the SABG. To access the survey, visit IDHS/SUPR FY 23 Annual Certification Plan Survey. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey no later than December 19, 2022. If you have questions about the content, please contact your assigned Grants Manager. If you have technical issues, please contact Jennifer Jennings at . We appreciate your timely completion of the survey!


The Illinois Co-occurring Center for Excellence (ICOCE) IDHS/SUPR Project seeks to advance the integration of substance use and mental health treatment for these co-occurring events in an individual's life. Our 4 Core Competencies of Person Centered, Trauma Awareness, Harm Reduction & Motivational Interviewing meet any person where they are at any given moment. Coupled with our 3 Essential Abilities of self-reflection, empathy, & welcoming feedback, these 7 attributes provide the ability for us to engage with and support anyone.

ICOCE is providing a single day overview of these core competencies. For those of you who have previously attended these presentations, we hope you'll enjoy and benefit from a 'refresher'. For those of you who are new to the integration of these attributes and how they impact the work we do, we welcome you to find value in their orientation and support their guidance and application. If interested, join IDHS/SUPR ICOCE Project on December 8th at 10:00am.

Upcoming Training Opportunity:

The Illinois Family Resource Center (IFCR) invites you to participate in a virtual training "Here Come the Holidays: What Do You Do?" as we enter the winter and holiday season.

WHEN: December 12th, 2022

1:00pm CST

Join the IFRC in revisiting the value of tradition and explore ways to build healthy memories all year long for your family and community.

Register now by visiting Here Come the Holidays: What Do You Do?.

Any questions related to this training can be directed to Nancy Phillips at

Gambling Training- Responsible Gifting:

Join the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG) for an upcoming training "Responsible Gifting: Lottery RG Campaigns and Commitment".

Research shows that early childhood gambling exposure, especially lottery play, can increase the risk of developing gambling problems later in life. Learn how the expansion of the Gift Responsibly Campaign is taking awareness to a higher level.

WHEN: December 12th, 2022

1:00pm-2:00pm CST

Register now by visiting Responsible Gifting: Lottery RG Campaigns and Commitment.

Recovery Home Series- Part 4:

Please join ICPG for the 4th Part of its Recovery Home Series. This webinar will describe the differences between guilt and shame and offer ways to help clients with coping and healing. This 7-Session Curriculum on Gambling Disorder and its impact provide an in-depth overview for Recovery Home staff and support staff working with substance use disorder (SUD) and Gambling Disorder clients.

WHEN: December 13th, 2022

1:00pm-2:30pm CST

Register now by visiting Recovery Home Series - Part 4- Transforming Guilt and Shame.

Save-the-Date- COVID-19 Mitigation Abatement Supplies Webinar:

IDHS/SUPR, in partnership with Prevention First, is hosting an upcoming webinar to review important information about the FY23 COVID-19 mitigation abatement supplies.


  • Learn more about how to get free COVID-19 mitigation supplies for your organization
  • Find out what free supplies will be available in FY23
  • Watch a live demonstration of how to place your order using the Shopify storefront
  • Learn where to find the allocation amount for your organization for FY23
  • Prevention First's team will be available for Q&A regarding supplies, your account, ordering, etc.

WHEN: January 11th, 2023

1:00pm CST

More information on how to register is forthcoming.

CRSS Supervisor Training:

Join the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health for the next Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Supervisor Training! These educational trainings place an emphasis on sharing successful tools and strategies for supervising those with the CRSS or Certified Peer Recovery (CPRS) credential. This quarter's focus is "Recruiting and Retention of CRSS Staff". Register now by visiting CRSS Supervisor Training.

WHEN: January 12th, 2023

10:00-11:30am CST

Save-The-Date: IDHS/SUPR Recovery Home Training:

IDHS/SUPR is conducting an upcoming training for all licensed organizations delivering recovery home services. The purpose of this training is to review important information from Administrative Rule 2060.509 and SUPR's FY23 Contract Policy Manual. The training is required for all organizations licensed to provide recovery home services. If you have any immediate questions, please contact Kim Sriner at . More information on how to register is forthcoming.

WHEN: January 23rd, 2023

1-3:30pm CST

Recovery Trainings:

IDHS/SUPR has partnered with Faces and Voices of Recovery to assist in the expansion of recovery community organizations (RCO) across the state.

Part of this expansion involves providing free trainings to providers and community stakeholders on recovery topics. For more information about Faces and Voices Illinois project, training calendars, and registration information, please visit Illinois Recovery Project.

Please share these trainings widely within your agencies and communities. If you have questions or would like to discuss starting a recovery community organization in your community, please contact Kim Sriner at

Request for Information:

The Illinois Department of Human Services has posted a Request for Information (RFI) regarding SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR). Your response is encouraged and welcomed.

The RFI can be found on the IDHS Olmstead Webpage at Request for Information SOAR SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery. DUE: December 23rd, 2022, by 5:00pm CST.

NEW Funding Opportunity:

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites nonprofit organizations to apply for grant funding to support one-year pilot projects integrating harm reduction strategies and public safety initiatives.

Through a competitive Request for Funding Applications (RFA) process, up to eight sites will be selected to implement evidence-based or promising strategies through collaborative partnerships with public safety to reduce risk of overdose and other drug-related harms for people who use drugs (PWUD) and people with substance use disorders (PWSUD) who are or may become justice-involved.

Application information and instructions can be found at Pilot Projects to Advance Harm Reduction and Public Safety Partnerships to Prevent Overdose. Applications must be submitted online at National Council Awards Platform by Friday, December 23, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

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  to list the organization. Search the Recovery Residences Registry at any time.

Overdose Response Funding Updates:

SUPR publishes a quarterlreport 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