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MOMSTELL News

MOMSTELL President  shares part of her family story in a blog with the Addiction Policy Forum's  144 a Day Campaign

In 1997, my daughter came to me and admitted she was using heroin. I was uneducated about this drug and thought, “Angie, if you love me you can quit.” I had no concept of the power of the drug we were dealing with. My daughter said, “Mom, I need this drug like I need air to breathe”.   Click Here

MOMSTELL'S Pastoral Recovery Education Program  

The  MOMSTELL PREP Program will be included  in the SAMHSA "In This Together: A Dialogue about Recovery Supports for Adults and their Families"  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.  Donate to help us expand this great program at  Go Fund Me     

Need Help: If you or someone you know needs help with heroin/drug use?

Call this Toll Free Hotline:1-855-DRUGFREE or  Click Here

Community Reinforcement and Family Training(CRAFT) 

CRAFT  is a skills-based program that impacts families in multiple areas of their lives, including self-care, pleasurable activities, problem solving, and goal setting. CRAFT 20 Minute Guide  or  to watch the interactive videoCRAFT Video   

MOMSTELL President represented the Family Voice on the newly released Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Guidelines.

The new JDTC guidelines offer courts, families, and youth an evidence-based, treatment-oriented approach that emphasizes family engagement and addresses the substance use and often co-occurring mental health disorders experienced by many adolescents engaged with the justice system. The Guidelines were issued by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) To read the report  Click Here 

 

NFD News

PEER PROVIDERS IN THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE

NFD Co-Directors Sharon LeGore and Shannon CrossBear attended three SAMHSA nationwide summits on Peer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce.  The summits were held in Atlanta Georgia, Portland Oregon  and Baltimore Maryland with expected outcome to achieve the following:

  • Inclusion of diverse stakeholder perspectives in the development of a strategy to advance Peer Core Competencies in Behavioral Health
  • Increased awareness of emerging practices for Peer Workforce development including funding strategies, credentialing options, and support for promoting the employment of advancement of peers.
  • A report that outlines the opportunities , challenges and priorities for expanding and developing the peer provider behavioral health workforce

 

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MOMSTELL and the NFD joined the other  organizations from around the country to attend the Unite to Face Addiction Rally. This historic event took place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Unite to Face Addictions mission is to bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated. Addiction impacts one in every three households in America. These are not bad people...these are good people to whom bad things happened. Someone dies from alcohol or other drugs every 4 minutes in America. That is like a jumbo jet crashing every day, with no survivors We must end the shame, stigma and community denial that surround addiction and recognize it for the devastating health issue that it is. Addiction is a health problem - not a crime  What is a crime is that 90% of people in need of treatment for addiction don't receive it –this discrimination must end. MOMSTELL joined over 600 diverse organizations from around the country launched  a first-of-its-kind campaign to confront America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It was incredable to see thousand and thousands of people celebrating recovery. 

Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band Loving Mary, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls joined the celebration in Washington, D.C. These performers shared our passion for understanding the impact of addiction and the power of recovery, and boy did they put on a show. 

Also joining UNITE to Face Addiction was health expert and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz.  He released a PSA in support of the event. Additional performers, celebrity guests, and special speakers including the Director of ONDCP Michael Botticelli.   Follow Unite to Face Addiction on Facebook and Twitter for the latest announcements. It’s time to end the silence around this crisis and empower the afflicted and affected to take a stand for those who can’t.  Share this exciting news on your own social media platforms!

MOMSTELL President invited to speak at Congressional Addictions Forum

MOMSTELL's President, Sharon LeGore was invited and spoke at at the Congressional Addiction Forum on the 29th of April at our Capitol in Washington DC.  At this forum, Sharon discussed how families are affected by a child's substance use disorders and what help parents need in order to help their child and themselves. The Honorary Congressional Hosts: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH) spoke first.  It was a great forum and gave the family voice an  opportunity to be heard. 

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Mrs. LeGore speaking             Being  Interviewed                      Senator  Rob Portman                AJ Senerchia                         Senator Kelly Ayotte            Partnership Marcia Lee Clark