SAMHSA Launches Office for Recovery Support


Plus: Webinars on addiction care in the Latinx community and on best practices for treating opioid use disorder

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Industry

SAMHSA’s New Office of Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced its plan to launch an Office of Recovery under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to further its network of support for Americans in recovery.

“We have identified recovery as a crosscutting principle throughout SAMHSA’s policies and programs,“ said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “In standing up this new office, SAMHSA is committed to growing and expanding recovery support services nationwide.“

Peer-support services will take center stage in this expansion. In addition to corroborating its many benefits to people in recovery, SAMHSA regards the advancement of such services as a vital step in ameliorating the impact of workforce shortages in behavioral health. Inclusion of “families, loved ones and allies” will remain a priority of the agency, said Delphin-Rittmon.

New & Next: Webinars

Addiction Treatment and the Latinx Community

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s webinar “Addiction Treatment and the Latinx Community,” taking place on Oct. 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST, will present culturally responsive approaches to evidence-based treatment modalities with two of the foundation’s clinicians, Manuel Garcia, MA, LADC, and Al Updike, MA, LADC. Attendees can expect to learn about the impact of substance use disorder (SUD) and the positive impact of 12-step programs and family programming within Latinx communities, as well as relevant principles and practices. Register here.

Information for Clinicians on Treating OUD

The Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA) will host a webinar for clinicians on medications for treating opioid use disorder (OUD) from noon to 1 p.m. EST on Oct. 13. “Treatment with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder: Information for Clinicians” will cover medications and tools for facilitating treatment and recovery, and examine potential barriers. Register here.

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