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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2008, Volume 16, Number 6 

Women, Addiction, & Recovery: Inspiring Leadership, Changing Lives

Joining Forces To Make a Difference

“One of the main reasons I love this conference is the opportunity to network and talk and collaborate with women from all different states,” said Starleen Scott Robbins of North Carolina’s Division of Mental Health and Disabilities Services.

Ms. Robbins joined more than 400 substance abuse counselors, treatment providers, prevention experts, clinicians, and public health educators from 44 states and 3 territories at the Third National Conference on Women, Addiction, and Recovery: Inspiring Leadership, Changing Lives, recently held in Tampa, FL.

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Plenaries and workshops featured leaders in the field on trauma-informed services; leadership and advocacy; parenting, families, and children; peer-recovery models; and health and wellness.

At the opening plenary, H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), presented data on women’s substance use. (See A Call to Action.)

To make sure attendees had an opportunity to be heard, SAMHSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto, M.A., chair of the Agency’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Services (ACWS), convened a listening session to allow time for individuals to voice their ideas and concerns with committee members. (See Listening Session.)

“This national committee has the unique mandate to advise SAMHSA on the needs of women in the field,” said Ms. Enomoto, who also moderated a plenary roundtable on “Leadership for the Next Generation.”

“As a member of SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Services, I think it was a brilliant move to co-locate the ACWS meeting with this dynamic conference,” said Susan C. Ayers, LICSW, Cambridge, MA. “It’s critical to have an opportunity to hear from the trenches where the real need is to bridge the gaps between policy and practice and evidence-based practices.”

Plenary speaker Frances L. Brisbane, Ph.D., focused on “Culture and Gender: Factors in Recovery and Leadership.” Dr. Brisbane is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York.

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“We’re inspired by Dr. Brisbane and other great presentations, meeting leaders in the field, and learning about cutting-edge program practices,” said Theresa Warr of the Florida Substance Abuse Program Office, Department of Children and Families. “We are making a difference.”

Conference sponsors included CSAT and two nonprofit Florida-based organizations— the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association and the New Century Institute.

“For SAMHSA, collaborating with these two cosponsors has broadened our scope,” said Sharon K. Amatetti, M.P.H., CSAT Project Officer for the conference. “Behind the scenes, we had tremendous local support.”

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  Women, Addiction, & Recovery  
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Conference Coverage & Related Stories

  Returning Veterans  
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Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges

From mental health issues to sexual harassment—what’s being done to help.

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Veterans & Major Depressive Episode: New Data

Last year, more than 300,000 veterans experienced MDEs.

  Suicide Prevention  
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New Media Increase Options

Virtual suicide prevention efforts are helping.

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Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

Milestone for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  Training Manuals  
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This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual offers basics on successful detox.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual discusses treatment for opioid addiction.

  Data on Youth  
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Inhalant Use & Depression

Some adolescents are three times as likely to start using inhalants—find out why.

Mental Health Settings: New Data

Do young people get mental health services at school more often than at specialty treatment centers?

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Out-of-Home Treatment

Effective treatment options for young people.

  Also in This Issue  
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2008 Science & Service Award Winners

For best practices, 29 organizations honored.

Grant Updates

Awards announced.

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Advisory Councils

Five new members for SAMHSA’s Advisory Councils.

Treatment Line Gets National Attention

Oprah promotes SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment line as a resource.

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Voice Award Nominations

You have until March 2009 to cast your vote.

Primary Care Settings

Mental health may improve with treatment location.

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