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Our resources about evidence-based and emerging best practices in rural communities include webinars, toolkits, links to helpful sites, and more.

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Behavioral Health Assessment Officers
This webinar focuses on the Behavioral Health Assessment Officer (BHAO) model to increase access to mental health and substance use disorder care in rural communities. A BHAO is a licensed behavioral health provider working in a rural emergency department, who evaluates and manages care for patients identified at screening to have behavioral health concerns.
A Campaign to Reduce Stigma
Research shows that stigmatizing beliefs around substance use disorder (SUD) can be reduced by bringing people into contact with a person who has the stigmatized medical condition and educating them about effective treatments and the potential for recovery. This campaign applies those strategies through art and community workshops.
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‘We’re Not Alone’: Preserving Group Therapy through Videoconferencing during COVID-19
When the coronavirus surged in March 2020, Strong Recovery in Western New York made the tough, but necessary call to suspend their in-person groups for individuals with substance use disorder. They rapidly converted to video-based group therapy in April to continue providing this important service—the “heart and soul of our program.” Online groups have created new opportunities to connect with patients and will carry on after the pandemic.
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Making Space for Social Distance: Adapting Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) to COVID-19
In this webinar, Patrick Seche and Itza Morales-Torres of Strong Recovery will discuss the steps they are taking to adapt substance use disorder (SUD) programs as quickly as possible in response to the COVID-19 crisis. They will give an overview of new federal and state regulations and discuss changes they are implementing such as social distancing and telehealth.