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November Northwest MHTTC Newsletter

Read our latest Northwest MHTTC newsletter!

Find out about honors received, studies completed and published, and webinars produced by Northwest MHTTC Board members and staff. See our newly-released webinars.

Better late than never, we honor that November is Native American Heritage Month, and feature the excellent work of the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC. Their work continues every month of the year. 

See upcoming events and resources  from SMI Advisor, fellow MHTTCs and other helpful organizations.

Read the newsletter here. 

How Do States Decide to Adopt Evidence-Based Treatments?

Study & Article by Eric Bruns, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, 
Northwest MHTTC Director of Evaluation and School Mental Health 

The Last Thursday in November

Every year across our country on the last Thursday of November, families, friends, and loved ones gather to share a meal and give thanks. While many of us recognize the holiday as a celebration of gratitude, with little connection to our ancestral ties, the tradition is rooted in the false depiction of grateful Pilgrims breaking bread with Indigenous people.

New England PTTC Featured on Organizing For Change Podcast

New England PTTC Director, Scott M. Gagnon, was recently interviewed for the Organizing For Change Podcast.  Organizing For Change, coordinated and hosted by Amanda Decker, provides content to help Substance Use Prevention Coordinators, equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community.  The topic of November's podcast was marijuana prevention.

Early Psychosis Learning Collaborative (EPLC)

The New England Early Psychosis Learning Collaborative (EPLC) is dedicated to using evidence-based means to disseminate evidence-based practices for working with people in the early stages of psychosis. The collaborative engages members through a number of initiatives including:


Online discussion series
Consultation lines
Clinical briefs
In-person training opportunities
E-mail updates

Links to previous EPLC programs and products can be found here. Use the terms "EPLC" when filtering.


Thank you IntNSA for all of your important work!

The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization offering education and certification for nurses interested in the advancement of excellence in nursing care for the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol dependency for diverse populations across all practice settings.  In addition to its work to advance an interprofessional collaborative response to substance use disorders, IntNSA supports advocacy, education, research, and policy development in the field of addictions.

Webinar: Team-Based Addictions Care in General Hospitals: Outcomes and Lessons from IMPACT

Join the Northwest ATTC for its next webinar, "Team-Based Addictions Care in General Hospitals: Outcomes and Lessons from the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT)."

In this webinar, Dr. Honora Englander will share her experience developing and spreading the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) and describe IMPACT outcomes and lessons learned. She will also share practical advice for teams interested in implementing addictions care in other hospital settings.

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25, 2020 is designated by the United Nations as International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Violence against women (VAW) is one of the most prevalent health and social problems in the world. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.  In 2017, 1 in 2 women killed worldwide, were killed by their partner or partner’s family; compared to only 1 out of 20 men who were killed under similar circumstances. 

School Mental Health Initiative in Idaho

In October 2019, we co-sponsored not one, but two exciting events that engaged over 70 people from schools, districts, providers, and communities in Idaho with our partners at the Idaho Positive Behavior Network (IPBN) and Optum Idaho. 

10 Ways Your Community Can Create A Positive Alcohol Environment

The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to promote community-level policies that prevent and reduce alcohol misuse. 

The project created the infographic, Ten Ways Your Community Can Create a Positive Alcohol Environment, to encourage and support community discussions on reducing excessive alcohol use.

The Six Elements of Effective Coalitions


The Six Elements of Effective Coalitions, developed by the national Prevention Technology Transfer Center network, is the first installment in a series, Key Elements of Effective Coalitions.

The goal of this series is to provide information on key elements that research suggests are critical for coalitions to operate effectively and increase their impact on substance misuse and its consequences for individuals and communities.

Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits

December 9, 2019


Behavioral Health Services

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“115 Americans die every day from an opioid-related overdose.” 

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Are your patients among them? 
Take a FREE CME pain management and opioids course.


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