What is CARA??
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat-RI) discusses the need for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act(CARA). This legislation is a comprehensive and commonsense solution to the opiate and heroin addiction epidemic that faces our country.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014 will:
1. Expand prevention and educational efforts - particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations - to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery.
2. Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
3. Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment.
4. Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents.
5. Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices throughout the country.
6. Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.
This bill's main focus is on opiate addiction and recovery. It is a step in the right direction of getting people the help they need and hopefully getting our nation on track when it comes how we view and treat addiction. Having an illness that affects the mind, body, and spirit of those that have it should NOT be a crime. If you would like to learn more about this bill and find out how to let your Senators know that you want them to support it please visit this website
Read more: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2014
MOMSTELL, Clear Concepts and a local pastor collaborated together to form, the Pastoral Recovery Education Program (PREP).
MOMSTELL Partnership Program:Sponsored by a grant from the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP )
After realizing the gap between the recovery and faith based community, MOMSTELL, Clear Concepts and a local pastor collaborated together to form, the Pastoral Recovery Education Program (PREP). The PREP program is designed to provide education, resources and opportunities for faith leaders and other interested community members to interact with those impacted by substance abuse/mental health. The Central Pennsylvania Life Recovery Ministry emerged from the PREP program which is very active. The program has been in operation since September 2011 and is supported by the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP). The program is foundationally based on core competencies published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2004 as the Core Competencies for Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the Impact on Family Members.
The goals of the program are to:
- Develop capacity within the faith based and recovery community to support recovery and promote wellness in those with addiction, mental health disorders and their family members.
- Help members of the faith based community to recognize the problem of substance abuse and mental health in their congregations and community through education, resource sharing and networking.
- Stress the importance of spirituality and religion in substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery and that the faith based community is the best entity in which to meet those needs.
- Provide persons with substance abuse and/or mental health with the context and coherence of a caring social community where recovery is promoted. Develop a ministry to provide comfort, purpose and hope to those who are suffering with addition and/or mental health issues.
- Reduce the burden of shame, guilt and bereavement while providing support for families of individuals with substance abuse/mental health diagnosis.
Trauma Informed Care: Youth and Family Stories
NFD Co-Chairs Sharon LeGore and Shannon CrossBear were among many people interviewed regarding the trauma families face dealing with a loved one’s co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. As those of us who have been through the addiction of a loved one know, trauma not only affects our loved one, but sibling, grandparents, spouses and ourselves. This is a great educational resource. Here is the link to the family stories piece we interviewed for
Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources via Georgetown TA Center website: http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/TraumaInformedCare.html