Helping to reduce drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County
63 Community Way, Keene NH 03431 | Ph: 603-719-4150 |
Helping to reduce drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County
63 Community Way, Keene NH 03431 | Ph: 603-719-4150 |

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July 31, 2015
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    Subject: SAMHSA invites you to the webinar Restricting Alcohol Outlet Density: From Theory to Practice

    Please join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on July 23, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. EDT, for the free webinar Restricting Alcohol Outlet Density: From Theory to Practice. Learn from policy experts about the impact of high concentrations of alcohol retail establishments on community health, evidence-based practices to control the density of these establishments, and measures that communities can take to reduce the negative impact of existing outlets. Hear about grassroots community work in establishing and enforcing restrictions in Omaha, Nebraska. A question-and-answer session will be included.

    The speakers:

    • Michael Sparks, M.A., President, SparksInitiatives
    • Nicole Carritt, M.P.H., Executive Director, Project Extra Mile

    For more information about this webinar or the speakers and to register for the webinar, visit:

    Please contact us at if you have any questions about the webinar.

    Press Release: U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to address prescription pain medication abuse and heroin use

    News Article: Poison Center & Synthetic Drugs



    SAMHSA has launched an important app for parents:

    Prevent Underage Drinking With “Talk. They Hear You.”For many kids and teens, summer means fun and relaxation. However, the freedom of the summer months can mean an increased risk for underage drinking. In fact, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks in June and July.As the school year ends and summer begins, parents may have more time to connect with their children and more opportunities to have meaningful talks. SAMHSA’s app“Talk. They Hear You.” can help parents prepare for one of the most important conversations they may ever have. This free app, available through the App StoreSM, Google Play™, the Windows® Store, and Windows® Phone Store, features an interactive simulation that uses avatars to help parents practice bringing up the topic of alcohol, learn the questions to ask, and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.The app is part of SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Underage Drinking Prevention National Media Campaign, which encourages parents and caregivers to talk with children early about the dangers of alcohol. Access additional resources and information about the campaign and underage drinking prevention.

    The NH NOFAS (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) group will be having an awareness day event at Keene State College on September 9th. Please download the materials packet below and contact KSC for more details about the event!

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day Professional Materials Packet

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    WMUR Slideshow: 

    NH counties with highest percentage of high schoolers using marijuana (Cheshire County is #2! )

    We are currently looking for participants to take part in the pilot of a new online course: Introduction to Grant Writing!

    This self-paced, 3-module course will familiarize learners with the basic components and process of grant writing. Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify the basic structure and key elements of a grant proposal.
    2. Recognize the need for developing a plan for conceptualizing, writing, reviewing and evaluating the grant application.
    3. Select SMART goals and objectives.
    4. Describe requirements for a budget narrative and justification.
    5. Discuss strategies for an effective grant writing process.


    During this pilot phase, we are looking for participants with grant writing experience as well as novice grant writers to complete the course and provide valuable feedback to help us identify areas of the course for improvement.




    Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training:
    4-hour Self-Paced, Online Course 


    Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. Overall, substance use contributes to over 70 conditions that require medical care. Screening can be easily used in primary care settings and enables healthcare professionals to systematically identify and assist people whose drinking or substance use may cause or complicate medical and mental health functioning.

    This 4-hour training is relevant for both primary care and behavioral health providers. Our training provides a brief overview of the prevalence of substance use, criteria for risky use, and the effects of substance use on health and mental health functioning. We review the two approved screening tools (AUDIT and AUDIT-C), and teach providers how to conduct a three-step Brief Intervention utilizing motivational interviewing techniques focused on motivating people toward positive behavioral change. For individuals identified to be at high risk for an alcohol use disorder, we teach providers how to motivate patients to accept a referral to specialty substance abuse treatment services.

    At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to: (1) describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT with patients in primary care settings; (2) utilize the AUDIT or AUDIT-C to screen and identify patients engaged in moderate or high-risk alcohol consumption; and (3) demonstrate, through role-play and group discussion, the effective use of brief intervention strategies and techniques to motivate patients to change their at-risk substance use behavior and/or seek treatment.

    Register Now!

     Advocacy Training:Are you interested in becoming a New Futures advocate? New Futures works to reduce New Hampshire drug and alcohol problems by advocating, educating, and collaborating for progressive policy in the Granite State.In 2015, New Futures is holding four advocacy trainings in Concord:(March 3rd, April 23rd, November 17th, and December 15th). These trainings are done in partnership with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery and will include an Our Voices Have Power workshop-where advocates will learn about the importance of sharing their lived experience
    * See our Education & Training Page for more info and for registration link
     NH WISDOM Alcohol and Other Drug Module Launched:
    New Hampshire’s WISDOM public health data system launched its Alcohol and Other Drug module last month, providing five dashboards of data showing measures of prevalence of alcohol and drug misuse, perceptions that may influence misuse, and harmful impacts such as emergency room visits and drug-related deaths. This is the first time NH-specific data have been readily accessible to the general public. Data are searchable by population and geographies, including by county and by public health region. Additional indicators will be coming on-line over the next several months. Please note that when visiting WISDOM, it is recommended that only one module and dashboard should be opened at a time.
    New Updates to the NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator
    Several updates have been made to the online directory to streamline and help narrow treatment searches. Two new filters have been added to search by population and/or payment type and available treatment options can be reviewed and printed. See updates here

    New Rules and Training Increase Access to a Life-Saving Drug

    The NH State Department of Safety issued a press release announcing new rules and training to allow law enforcement personnel to more easily obtain a license to administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who are overdosing. This is in response to recommendations made by the Governor’s Strategic Task Force on Preventing Death from Opioid Overdose. Read the press release here


    Selecting Evidence-Informed Prevention Strategies: Resources for NH’s Prevention System
    Updated guidance for selecting evidence-based prevention strategies is now available from BDAS. Review this document for more information on researching and developing strategy recommendations.
    NHHPP Recruits Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Practitioners
    NHHPP needs licensed behavioral health practitioners to provide substance use disorder services to clients who need them. Consider enrolling in Medicaid and contracting with managed care organizations to deliver needed services. Utilize this document  for a detailed overview of the enrollment and credentialing process. Personalized support is available to practitioners to help navigate this process.
    Core Competencies for Licensed Behavioral Health Counselors Treating Substance Use Disorders
    The New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Treatment Task Force has prepared and requested the Commission and Governor to approve recommendations for the knowledge, skills and clinical support behavioral health practitioners should establish and maintain for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. These core competencies  and the workforce development to support them are anticipated to help expand the network of providers available to meet demand for treatment in the state. The recommendations have also been endorsed by the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association.
     SBIRT:An Interprofessional Conference
     This two-day conference will offer participants interactive workshops for a better understanding of SBIRT and its application and effectiveness. Get more information here.
    Justice Involved Veteran’s Conference
    Advocates and service providers for justice involved veterans in our state including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, mental health providers, law enforcement, correctional executives and officers, VA representatives, substance abuse treatment providers, peer support counselors and others who work with this population will come together to begin to discuss how to develop interventions to better serve this population. This first-time event is organized by the NH Department of Health and Human Services. See agenda  . Join the conversation by registering here
    Drug Courts Work By Changing Lives
    Robert Gasser, Training Officer for Grafton County Drug Court, shares his insight on the value of drug courts. Mr. Gasser helped start the second drug court in NH which recently admitted its 100th participant and has supported many with their personal goals in that “twelve participants have regained custody of their children; five have given birth to drug-free babies; five have earned GEDs; twelve have enrolled in college; five have started their own businesses; and one was reinstated into his professional career.” Read this editorial
    Powerful Opioid Fentanyl Blamed for Spike in U.S. Drug Overdose
     A recent nationwide alert has been issued related to fentanyl overdoses. In the last two years the number of drug busts has increased and most recently the number of deaths has risen to alarming rates – including in New Hampshire.
     From RX to Heroin
    Check out this interactive infographic which highlights one teen’s story about how the transition happens and actions that can be taken.
    Why Wouldn’t You Increase Access to a Drug That Saves Lives?
    Review this editorial on Narcan. Where do you stand? Read more
    Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Prevent Users from Intensifying High
    A study that surveyed 11,000 drug users at 150 treatment facilities across 48 states indicated that abuse-deterrent medications can cut down on prescription drug abuse. Another study also suggests economic benefits with the prescribing of abuse-deterrent opioids.  Read more
    SAMHSA Bans Drug Court Grantees from Ordering Participants Off Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
    Recently, it was announced that drug courts receiving funding cannot oppose offenders from receiving treatment such as buprenorphine or methadone for opioid use disorders. Read more
    Program- and Service-Level Costs of Seven SBIRT Programs
    NIAtx Publication Focuses on SBIRT
    Check out The Bridge, a semi-annual publication providing up-to-date information on specific models and practices. Issue 2 specifically focuses on SBIRT and promoting the integration of substance use treatment into medical care.
    Read more here

    * Link to NHTIAD Training Registration form

    OUR MISSION: Influence public awareness, policy, and funding to support alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery especially as it pertains to youth, in Cheshire County, NH.
    GOALS:  Reduce substance use among youth and adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.
    We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use; advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery; and offer prevention trainings, internships, and substance-free events all year.

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    Volunteer Volunteers are the key component to our success. Please visit our volunteer page to see how you can help. Find Treatment Helpful links and resources. Get Smart Get smart about drugs. Trainings & Volunteer Volunteer Opportunities, events & upcoming trainings. NH Center for Excellence Bulletins NH Center for Excellence Bulletins
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