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Upcoming Events
The Surgeon General Report: A Public Health Approach

This presentation will review the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, “Facing Addiction in America.” This seminal report serves as a key document outlining critical issues associated with addiction health and addiction health services research. At a time when this country is experiencing an opioid misuse epidemic, marijuana use continues to be the most commonly used illegal drug. The Surgeon General’s report functions as a visionary template for change to help inform policy makers, researchers, health care professionals and the general public about the need for a full continuum of services for substance use disorders. 

June 25, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 am
Living Well with the Trauma of Chronic Illness

Chronic illness can be traumatic on multiple levels -- physically, emotionally, and mentally. As mental health peer specialists, many of us are serving populations that have both mental health challenges and chronic illnesses. Join Michael Buck, Advanced Level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator, to learn about how people with chronic illnesses use wellness planning to overcome the issues and challenges associated with AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other life threatening illnesses. In addition, learn how mental health peer specialists are best able to support people with chronic illness and the associated trauma.

June 26, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
How to Implement Cultural Competence and the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

Building on information presented in the first webinar in the series, presenter Harold Gates will share case studies of providers and organizations that have successfully developed cultural competence skills and implemented CLAS. This webinar will also introduce SAMHSA's TIP 59, Improving Cultural Competence, as a tool for improving cultural competence. 

July 11, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorders Initiative: a Health Systems Approach to Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

This webinar will provide an overview of the Substance Use Disorders Initiative, a program developed at Massachusetts General Hospital to improve the quality, clinical outcomes, and value of addiction treatment by implementing a chronic disease model of care across the system. Dr. Wakeman and Dr. Kane will share outcomes to date as well as challenges, lessons learned, and guidance for replication of the model.

July 23, 2018
11:00 am - 12:0 pm

Cultural Competence Summit


"Honoring California's Diversity: A Call To Action"

The 2018 Cultural Competence Summit is inviting submissions for presentations and/or workshops that highlight projects, programs, and/or interventions that use Community Defined Evidence and/or Practice-Based Evidence approaches that successfully reach CA underserved diverse populations (including, but not limited to, African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latinx, LGBTQIA, Native American, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Blind and Visually Impaired) and spread the message of hope and recovery. The event is hosted by Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health (RUHS–BH) and will be held on October 23-24, 2018. Presentations and workshops should address significant, culturally relevant issues such as:
  • Historical & Intergenerational Trauma
  • Privilege and Implicit Bias
  • Substance Use/Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Transyouth Care 
  • First Episode Psychosis
  • Reindigenization 
  • Cultural Stigma 
  • Gender Equity 
The theme for the Cultural Competence Summit is “Honoring California’s Diversity: A Call to Action”. This Statewide Summit will focus on highlighting innovative programs to reduce stigma and increase access to behavioral health services, and substance use treatment throughout California counties. The conference objectives are to:
  • Educate and inform attendees about effective strategies for reaching diverse populations.
  • Inspire attendees to try new strategies to reach diverse populations.
  • Highlight successful programs that currently exist throughout the State that reach diverse populations.
  • Develop a framework for action.
California counties are at the forefront of providing behavioral health services to California’s diverse population. Implementing “Community Defined Evidence” (CDE) and “Practice-Based Evidence” (PBE) approaches is necessary to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and for reaching underserved communities.

The 2018 Cultural Competence Summit will offer an opportunity to learn and explore a range of cultural specific methodologies through workshops and presentations to promote learning and advance the cultural competence needs of individuals, families, and communities. This Statewide Summit is a unique opportunity to strengthen connections and enrich the networks among stakeholders, behavioral health directors, ethnic service managers, workforce training managers, and Prevention and Early Intervention coordinators.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 25th, 2018.
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