Announcements – Substance Abuse

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The latest announcements and substance abuse items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) are listed below.  For information and announcements regarding behavioral health generally or mental health, you may wish to visit the MHSA announcement page or the mental health announcement page.

May 21, 2013

2013 Recovery Symposia

Pathways to Recovery Symposium - Abilene

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MCM Elegante’ Suites
4250 Ridgemont Dr.
Abilene, TX 79606
Featuring Dr. Dietra Hawkins, PsyD

FREE Registration— Includes all meals
*Sign up for a free booth to spotlight your organization

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/recoveryabileneby July 1, 2013 

For more information, contact Melanie Seals at 325-673-2242

Pathways to Recovery Symposium - Wichita Falls

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn at The Falls
100 Central Freeway
Wichita Falls, TX 76306

Featuring Dr. Dietra Hawkins, PsyD

FREE Registration— Includes all meals
*Sign up for a free booth to spotlight your organization

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/recoverywichitafalls by June 12, 2013

For more information, please contact Marcia Thomas at 940-397-3379 or Melanie Seals at 325-673-2242


 

April 8, 2013

Recovery Coach Training of Trainers - Application Deadline April 15, 2013

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is pleased to announce the Recovery Coach Training of Trainers (TOT). The purpose of the Recovery Coach TOT is to train and certify qualified participants as Recovery Coach Trainers. In turn, these qualified individuals can train other persons to become Recovery Coaches and thus perpetuate the presence of Recovery Coaches in their region. Please note that the application deadline is April 15, 2013. For more information, please see the Broadcast Message and Applicaiton below:


March 21, 2013

2013 Bringing Recovery Support Systems to Scale Forum

The Bringing Recovery Support Systems (BRSS) to Scale Forum, which is designed to bring together key stakeholders from the substance abuse and mental health fields, was held on January 25, 2013 in Austin at the Doubletree Hotel. There were nearly 200 participants in attendance at the event. The BRSS effort and Forum was funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Read more about the BRSS Forum »


January 25, 2012

Texas Secondary School Survey Documents the Increase in Driving under the Influence of Drugs

New Texas data show that the number of high school seniors driving high on drugs now exceeds the number driving after drinking. Since 1990, the biennial Texas Secondary School Survey funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services and administered by Texas A&M University has surveyed Texas secondary school students about their use of alcohol and drugs and related behaviors. Two questions asked about driving behaviors and how many times students drove a car after they had a good bit to drink or felt high from drugs during the past 12 months. While the number of seniors driving after drinking has decreased from 29% in 1990 to 15% in 2012, the number driving high on drugs has reached 16% in 2012, which now exceeds the number driving after drinking. Learn more: Texas Secondary School Survey Documents the Increase in Driving under the Influence of Drugs (MS Word)


 

April 20, 2012
Recovery Coach Training of Trainers

Applications Accepted April 23 - May 29, 2012

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is pleased to announce the Recovery Coach Training of Trainers (TOT). Those interested in receiving Recovery Coach TOT training may be able to attend  one of four five-day trainings being offered in various locations in Texas.

Learn More

For complete information, including specific application deadlines, guidelines, and training locations, please see the Recovery Coach Training web page: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/sa/recoverycoach/


November 9, 2011

Dr. Ijeoma Achara to Speak at December 6 Texas Recovery Initiative Task Force Meeting

Dr. Ijeoma Achara, one of the leading authorities on behavioral health systems transformation will be presenting at the Texas Recovery Initiative meeting on December 6, 2011. Dr. Achara led the transformation of Philadelphia’s behavioral health system into a recovery oriented system of care. She has worked extensively with William White and Thomas Kirk in implementing the change process in Connecticut and Philadelphia. Dr. Achara was instrumental in identifying and modifying policies and practices that were inconsistent with a recovery orientation and developed new mental health and addictions programs and initiatives.


February 7, 2011
Stakeholder Meeting: Chapter 448 Draft Licensing Rules

 Meeting to be held Friday, February 18 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM in Austin

The Department of State Health Services will hold an informal stakeholder meeting on Friday, February 18, 2011 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM to discuss the draft licensing rules for Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities (25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 448). The meeting will be held at the following location:

The West Pickle Research Building
3925 W. Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78759
Map: http://www.utexas.edu/commons/maps/

A copy of the draft rules is available on the Department’s website at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/hottopics.shtm and at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/rules.shtm.

The department invites you to review the draft of Chapter 448 rules prior to the meeting and to attend the meeting to provide comments and suggestions. Please bring your own copy of the document. Extra copies will NOT be available at the meeting. Since the meeting will not be taped, the Department would appreciate an accompanying copy of your comments in writing whenever possible, to facilitate the Department’s review and consideration of stakeholder input. Although advance submission of written comments is encouraged, comments may also be provided at or in lieu of attending the meeting, or at any other time during the rules drafting process to beth.pickens@dshs.state.tx.us. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting, you may contact Beth Pickens at (512) 834-6752.

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Last updated May 21, 2013