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  • Center for Evidence-Based Practices Advances Innovations for Behavioral Healthcare in 36 States, 5 Countries

    Staff turnover in behavioral healthcare organizations has always been a challenge for sustaining service innovations that improve quality of life and other outcomes for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and addiction to alcohol, tobacco, opioids, and other drugs. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University celebrates its 20th Anniversary helping service systems and organizations advance workforce development to support and sustain best practices that improve quality of life and other outcomes for individuals and families. / The Center is supported by the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

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  • Opioid Epidemic Needs Public-Health, Harm-Reduction Approach to Addiction Treatment

    Lenore A. Kola, PhD, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University has co-authored an editorial that encourages lawmakers and other policymakers to abandon harsh opinions and policies which may brand people who suffer from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, including opioids, as morally inadequate and, thus, not entitled to or eligible for treatment. Kola and her co-author, Mark I. Singer, PhD, argue that the time has come for social systems to adopt a public-health approach to addiction treatment that includes harm reduction.

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  • Training Available for Ohio’s Expedited SSI & SSDI Program

    The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has developed the Expedited SSI & SSDI Program as a way to reduce the processing time of applications for disability determination for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. OhioMHAS is training community-based behavioral health providers in the state about the program, so they may assist eligible individuals. Ohio providers may request an in-person training from OhioMHAS to take place at their organizations.

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  • Trauma-Informed Care Arrives in Ohio

    The Center for Evidence-Based Practices has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to present a video-conference series about the six core principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Attend our Center's trainings and learn how to change the culture of your organization to bring trauma-informed care to Ohio residents. This series supports OhioMHAS' statewide TIC Initiative.

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  • New Strategies for Heroin, Opioid Abuse among People with Addictions, Mental Illness

    Heroin, krokodil, and prescription pain killers are opioids that are commonly abused by people with addictions and mental illness. The epidemic of abuse in Ohio presents numerous challenges for health and behavioral healthcare professionals. Attend our Center's training events and access some useful resources and tools. Enhance your clinical knowledge and skills and improve recovery outcomes. This initiative is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

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  • Promote Health-Behavior Change among People with Severe Mental Illness

    OhioMHAS LogoLearn to support health-behavior change among people with severe mental illness and addiction in your community with stages of change, motivational interviewing, and tobacco interventions. Our Center has added new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series as part of Ohio's initiative to promote integrated primary and behavioral healthcare. The initiative is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). Attend in a city near you: Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo.

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  • Stages of Behavior Change, Employment Promote Housing Stability

    OhioMHAS Logo Our Center presents an important training that provides an introduction to the effects of substance use and abuse on emotion, cognition, behavior, and employment. It explores stages of behavior and things to say and not say when encouraging individuals through a process of personal change. Increase housing stability among people with mental illness and substance use disorders. The training occurs on multiple dates at multiple locations throughout Ohio. This series is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

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  • Kola Leads Initiatives to Integrate Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services for Co-Occurring Disorders

    Lenore Kola has a reputation as an agent of change. Since 1970, she has led national efforts in local communities to enhance services and quality of life for people who struggle with addictions and mental illness. She has acquired and administered more than $7 million in grants from federal, state, and county agencies and charitable foundations to educate and train countless numbers of social work students and licensed professionals about clinical innovations. After 39 years at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, she is retiring. She will continue to serve as co-director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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  • Center Shares Lessons Learned about Addiction, Mental Illness, Primary Health, ACT with European Collaborators

    The work of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices in Europe is a cultural exchange that helps advance the stages-of-change and stages-of-treatment approach to recovery from substance abuse and mental illness. In his work with Dutch collaborators, Patrick Boyle has discovered how cultural values of tolerance and harm reduction in the Netherlands support this stage-based approach to behavioral healthcare and rehabilitation from co-occurring disorders. Recovery successes from Dutch agencies, hospitals, and criminal justice institutions, he explains, hold important lessons for American service systems.

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  • In My Own Words: Russell

    My name is Russell Lawrence Cummins. I was born on November 9, 1959 in Rotterdam, a city in the Netherlands. Five years ago, my wife told me there was a vacancy for a peer specialist at the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. We peer specialists are in one way pioneers for a new profession. As a peer expert, I try to build bridges between the ACT team and sometimes very reluctant clients, and I represent the client's point of view in important decisions made in the team. I dare to state that I have the most expensive education for this job among my team members.

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