New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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  • April 16, 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    An update from NHADACA, 

    Please be mindful of your self care needs.  Ask for help when you need it, and even when you don't need it.   If you need connection or understanding, we are here for you.  Remember to take extra breaks, stretch and get fresh air.  Use the tools you teach your clients.  Find inspiration, laugh and cry when needed and turn to each other and to us.  You are not alone.  We are here for you...

    Our staff are all working remotely, however we are still accessing our phone system, emails and mail.  We are doing our best to make sure we are safe, our trainers are safe and our participants and friends are also safe in their attempts to meet their professional development needs.   We post different articles and information on our announcement page.  Check it out for updates.

    At the end of  February we had 52 trainings planned to occur between March 1-June 30, 2020.  By mid-March we were shifting gears and scrambling to adapt the training offerings to a remote platform.  That necessitated contacting every trainer and helping them discern either offering the training electronically or cancelling.  Trainings were cancelled when the content required interaction that could not be adapted to an electronic format.  Out of 52 trainings, 25 events were cancelled, and one was modified then rescheduled.  We are sorry to all you that experienced a cancelled training, if you have not done so, you are able to request a refund or request that your payment be saved as a credit on file that can be applied to any other event over the next 12 months.

    In order to support your credentialing and professional development needs, we  held 9 trainings in March, four of which were in-person in groups smaller than 50, and 5 of which were held remotely.  March 14 was the last in-person training.  March 19, 2020 was our first remote training.   We are now beginning to add other trainings back into the calendar for June and later, but by remote format only. 

    We currently have 8 trainings scheduled for April (one of which is a 3-day training), 4 trainings in May; and 5 trainings in June.  We are hoping to add several short trainings in by the end of June.  Because these trainings are live and interactive, we have been assured that the LADC Board will accept them as in-person events.

    We also have approximately 40 webinars available online.   The topics include ethics, suicide prevention and 7 of the 12 core functions among many others.  They are also an effective means of gaining the topics you need for certification, licensure and renewal of credentials.

    We are also hosting an open peer collaboration group.  We meet the third Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:45 am.  Beginning in April (April 16th), we will be hosting this over Zoom as well.  Also, because Peer Collaboration requires small groups of 8 people or less, if more than 8 people sign in, we will use the break-our room feature in Zoom to keep the discussions to the appropriate size.  Attendance is tricker in this format, however Zoom tracks who logs on as well as when that person logs on.  This feature can help us verify attendance if you log on with your full name and credentials after your last name.  When it is time to renew your credential, the LADC Board will need your signature and well as that of other participants (we still need to solve that challenge, but I hope it can be done by mail or in-person when the social distancing needs are subsided).  Here is the Zoom invitiation:  When: Apr 16, 2020 09:30 AM ET.  Sign in with your full name and credentials:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJUqcOuqrjMq-dTR71EsMNgMd-Uxe5U9DA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Thank you for your support.  You have our support and gratitude as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dianne

  • April 08, 2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous

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    Put the "We" In Wellness During COVID-19:

    Wellness Tips to Help You Care for Your Patients and Yourself

    As the world continues to adjust to the "new normal" during COVID-19, everyone is working diligently every day to overcome challenges personally and professionally.  Click on this link to select video clips from experts on applying resilience coping for ourselves as providers and helpers and with the people who are seeking our help.  We are truly in this together!

    https://www.psychcongress.com/psych-topics/coping-during-covid-19?utm_campaign=Elevate%202020&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=86026065&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9NF5lnltIjd7xLCYpr4QTbeRl0m9JXCBPMLD5ogzo1T2yKXwA91JuuCYKyeFOmXLRM1wU7ijnzgbGa1-gAPaX1GSAoLw&_hsmi
  • April 07, 2020 1:54 PM | Anonymous

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    Emerging Evidence on COVID-19 Spread and Treatment - Free NAM-APHA Webinar

    This is the third FREE COVID-19 Conversations webinar organized and presented by the National Academy of Medicine.

    During this April 9 webinar, emerging evidence and promising treatment modalities for COVID-19 will be reviewed, including ethical implications and considerations for treating those who are ill with therapeutics approved via an emergency use authorization.  This presentation is designed for the Primary Care treatment setting.   https://covid19conversations.org/webinar-registration




  • March 31, 2020 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by Sue Thistle, MLADC

    Free Online Self-Help Meetings and Virtual Platforms

    12 Steps.org 

    https://www.12step.org/social/online-meeting-calendar/ 

    Listing of online 12-step meetings on various platforms.

    Al-Anon Electronic Meetings

    https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/

    This forum and recovery chat room for Narcotics Anonymous members features voice chat, Skype, and text chat meetings connecting people from around the world.

    Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup 

    http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

    Listing of online meetings from AA Intergroup.

    Smart Recovery

    https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/calendar.php https://www.smartrecovery.org/smart-recovery-toolbox/smart-recovery-online/ 

    Message board, chat room, online meetings, and online  library.

    Adult Children of Alcoholics

    https://adultchildren.org/quick-search/?audiobt=Click+Here

    Phone and Online Meetings

    In The Rooms (Online Meetings)

    https://www.intherooms.com/home/

    An online platform supporting a wide range of 12-step and non-12 step meetings

    Bridge Club Virtual Meetings

    https://www.jointempest.co/bridge-club-events?tag=Virtual%20Events

    Meetings that are specifically focused on women and LGBTQIA+ folks who are sober or interested in sobriety.

    Refuge Recovery Online Meetings 

    https://refugerecovery.org/meetings?tsml-day=any&tsml-region=online-english 

    Listing of daily online meetings

    Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings 

    https://www.familiesanonymous.org/meetings/virtual-meetings

    Online meetings for parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected or former drug problem.

    Life Ring Recovery 

    https://www.lifering.org/online-meetings 

    Listing of online meetings.

    The Temper

    https://www.thetemper.com/online-recovery-meetings-groups/ 

    An online publication/site that explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery. Includes links to resources

    My Recovery 

    https://www.myrecovery.com/online-meeting/ 

    Online 12-step meetings

    Sober Grid

    https://www.sobergrid.com

    A free online social networking platform for people in recovery. Available in mobile app stores

    Narcotics Anonymous

    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/

    Listing of online meetings provided by NA

    Overeaters Anonymous

    https://oanewhampshire.org/find-a-meeting

  • March 31, 2020 2:27 PM | Anonymous

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    Pandemic Presents 10 Opportunities to Improve Mental Health

    H. Steven Moffic, MD

    With COVID-19 driving many of our choices right now, we are hearing more than enough about the dangers.  This article opens with reference to the metaphor of the Chinese character for crisis and makes the point danger and opportunity co-exist and outlines 10 steps for how to put into practice resilient building strategies.

    Click this link to read the full article

    https://www.psychcongress.com/article/pandemic-presents-10-opportunities-improve-mental-health

  • March 31, 2020 2:25 PM | Anonymous

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    Using Anxiety Amid COVID-19 as a Tool for Personal Growth

    By Holly Hendin, PhD, MD

    This article written by a behavioral health provider shares insight about how to cultivate resiliency for ourselves and with our clients right now during Global Pandemic and Social Distancing.  She provides concrete examples for navigating “fear” in a way that not only validates but also empowers active choices for effective coping. 

    Click on this link for the entire article.

    https://www.psychcongress.com/taxonomy/term/1532

  • March 31, 2020 2:24 PM | Anonymous

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    Under Coronavirus Threat, Patient Connection Will Take on Different Form

    By: Gary A. Enos, Editor

    Social Distancing protocols are forcing us to re-thing how we connect with our friends, family, colleagues, and our clients and patients.  For many this means learning to use new technologies such as video conferencing while also navigating standards of practice for treatment delivery.  While our government has relaxed HIPAA Privacy regulations during this state of emergency, as human service workers, we are rapidly adjusting to remote human contact.  This article presents thoughtful considerations and encouragement for effective solutions.

    Click on this link to read the full article

    https://www.psychcongress.com/index.php/article/under-coronavirus-threat-patient-connection-will-take-different-form

  • March 31, 2020 2:20 PM | Anonymous

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    Health Care Workers in China During COVID-19 Outbreak Report Mental Health Issues

    According to a recent study published online in JAMA Network Open, data collected in China from 1257 health care workers in 34 hospitals in multiple regions of China reveals

    a significant proportion of physicians and nurses treating patients exposed to COVID-19 in China reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress.  Those researchers say,

    “Protecting health care workers is an important component of public health measures for addressing the COVID-19 epidemic,” researchers wrote. “Special interventions to promote mental well-being in health care workers exposed to COVID-19 need to be immediately implemented, with women, nurses, and frontline workers requiring particular attention.”

    Read the full article by clicking on the link below

    https://www.psychcongress.com/article/health-care-workers-china-during-covid-19-outbreak-report-mental-health-issues

  • March 30, 2020 3:09 PM | Anonymous

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    The HPSO FAQ page has excellent references for practical questions regarding "liabilities" providers are navigating with COVID-19.  Please follow the link for info.

    http://www.hpso.com/support/faq/Index?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_content=


  • March 23, 2020 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    State of New Hampshire

    OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

    DIVISION OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

    121 South Fruit Street, Suite 303

    Concord, N.H. 03301-2412

    Telephone 603-271-2152 · Fax 603-271-6702

    OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

    GUIDANCE ON TELEHEALTH DURING THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY

    Reference Number: SFY 2020-03

    Authorized by: Lindsey B. Courtney, Interim Executive Director

    Division/Board/Council/Commission: Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, Division of Health Professions

    Effective Date: March 18, 2020

    Subject: Telehealth guidance

    Description: Guidance concerning telehealth services under Emergency Order #8

    Pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Order #8 under Executive Order 2020-04, and upon authorization by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification issues the following guidance to medical providers. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Governor has ordered “[a]ll medical providers [ . . .] be allowed to perform health care services through the use of all modes of telehealth, including video and audio, audio-only, or other electronic media, to treat the residents of the state of NH for all medically necessary services.”

    The State’s temporary expansion of telehealth services applies to all medical providers including, but not limited to, those professions licensed, certified, or registered by the Office of Allied Health Professionals, Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Board of Psychology, Board of Mental Health Practice, Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals, Board of Licensed Dietitians, and the Board of Dental Examiners. To the extent a practice act or administrative rule limits or otherwise sets forth the parameters under which telehealth services may be provided that may conflict with this Order, Executive LINDSEY B. COURTNEY Interim Executive Director OPLC Telehealth Guidance Reference No. 2020-03 Order #8 overrides such references until the Order is rescinded or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever happens first.

    For general questions regarding this notification, please contact:

    Lindsey B. Courtney, JD

    Interim Executive Director

    Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

    121 South Fruit Street

    Concord, NH 03301

    lindsey.courtney@oplc.nh.gov


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