News from the Nodes
A growing line of research has highlighted the promising role that interactive technologies (e.g., web, mobile devices) may play in the assessment, prevention, treatment, and recovery management of substance use disorders.
Lisa Marsch, PhD, Principal Investigator of the CTN Northeast Node and Director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, presented on Harnessing Digital Technologies in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders for the Northeast Node's Science Series on January 26, 2017.
Dr. Marsch provided an overview of the state of the science in the development, evaluation, and implementation of technology-based therapeutic interventions for substance use disorders. This research underscores the role that technology may play in improving treatment for substance use disorders in a manner that increases access to care, is cost-effective, ensures fidelity, and enables the rapid diffusion and widespread adoption of science-based interventions. This presentation can be viewed at the Node's Science Series site.
The node is pleased to announce the next presentation in the series, entitle The Voices of New Hampshire Young Adults. On March 30, 2017, Jill Burke, MPA, Katy Shea, MPH, and Rachel Kohn, MSW, MPH will present on a project conducted by the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and its contracted evaluation entity, the NH Center of Excellence, on an assessment of young adults' risk perception, behaviors, and attitudes related to binge drinking and the non-medical use of prescription drugs including opioids and illicit opioids.
The team employed a mixed methodology of both focus groups and an online survey. In total, the team conducted 57 focus groups with 366 participants in the State. The presentation will focus on the key themes that emerged and their implications for prevention programming. For more information or to access the presentation, please visit the Science Series site. You can find the full report here.
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Southern Consortium Node
Building on a long, successful history of collaboration, Dr. Kathleen Brady and members of the Southern Consortium Node are partnering with the South Carolina Single State Authority (SCDAODAS) to expand medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder services across the state.
The Medical University of South Carolina initiative will include developing a resource website, expanding the use of the MUSC Center for Telehealth, academic detailing, expansion of the SBIRT program, and the implementation of the Project ECHO model.
Pacific Northwest Node
The Pacific Northwest Node is excited to announce that one of our CTP directors, Molly Carney, of Evergreen Treatment Services, will be receiving the Excellence in Advocacy - Individual Achievement award at the National Council for Behavioral Health meeting this April in Seattle!
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America's mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Its annual Awards of Excellence honor the advocates and leaders advancing public policies that support improved quality of and access to care, organizations that promote excellence and build health communities, and the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions, their family members, and the professionals who care for them.
Molly Carney, PhD, MBA is trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked in substance use disorder treatment since 1986, most recently as director of Evergreen Treatment Services, a private, nonprofit agency offering medication-assisted treatment for adults with opioid use disorders since 1973.
The Pacific Northwest Node says "Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding service!" to Dr. Carney!
Ohio Valley Node
Ohio Valley Pediatrics Team to Present on Underinsurance
Dr. John Pascoe (Rocking Horse Center; OVN) and colleagues will be sharing an abstract on pediatric underinsurance at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting on May 7, 2017 in San Francisco. The abstract summarizes data analysis on over 1100 families from clinical sites in the Southwestern Ohio Ambulatory Research Network (SOAR-Net). In summary, the analysis found that all children included in study had health insurance, but one in 7 parents reported they could not follow doctors’ recommendations for their child(ren) because they couldn’t afford the medicine/service in the past 12 months. Congratulations to Dr. Pascoe and colleagues on being accepted to share this important information!
Ohio Valley Researchers Perform NIDA-Funded Study on Opioid Overdose Prevention
Dr. Theresa Winhusen (Ohio Valley Node PI; University of Cincinnati) has teamed up with Dr. Michael Lyons’ team at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Emergency Medicine to perform a NIDA-funded study on preventing further opioid overdoses with patients presenting at the UC Medical Center Emergency Department for current opioid overdose. The study investigates the impact of a peer-delivered phone intervention (TTIP-PRO) aimed at 1) increasing knowledge about opioid overdose prevention, 2) dispelling myths about medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and 3) encouraging participants to enter MAT services.