This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event. Potential overdose responders are other opioid users, parents, relatives, and friends of opioid users; first responders such as police and fire departments; and staff of agencies that serve high-risk individuals. The guide provides information on...
This manual is designed to outline the process of developing and managing an overdose prevention and education program, with or without a take-home naloxone component. Overdose prevention work can be easily integrated into existing services and programs that work with people who use or are affected by drugs, including shelter and supportive housing agencies, substance abuse treatment programs, parent and student groups; overdose prevention work can also be useful for groups of people who use...
This Web site for clinicians features treatment tools to support the rehabilitation and recovery of military veterans with mental health issues. Each mini-clinic focuses on a different topic and highlights key tools in areas such as assessment, training, and education. Topics covered include the following:
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Serious mental illness
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Substance use
- Suicide prevention
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Wellness Initiative aims to inspire individuals to improve one physical health behavior while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness. The tools on the site include free downloadable posters, fact sheets, brochures, and slide presentations that highlight the eight dimensions of wellness and provide information to consumers and providers on...
The Detoxification Center Evaluation checklist can be used to evaluate intoxicated individuals to determine if they need to go to the emergency department or can safely be transported directly to a county detoxification facility.
The checklist is provided in the report linked below and also includes a followup form.
This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke. The sourcebook contains a variety of handouts, which are appropriate for community health workers to use as tip sheets and to give to community members as aids for understanding and living with heart disease and stroke disability.
The sourcebook is divided into the...
The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also...
The Collaboration for Home Care Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) library provides actionable tools to help home health care professionals implement best practices in their agencies.
Tools in the CHAMP library can be searched by keyword and filtered by topic or type:
- Alcohol & substance misuse
- Behavior change & adherence
- Care coordination
- Chronic pain management
- Clinical coaching
This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Toolbox: Online Resources for Drug Abuse Counselors is designed to provide practicing substance abuse counselors with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully implement cognitive behavioral therapy strategies and techniques in their clinical practice.
Some of the tools included are:
- Problem Solving: Provides a basic strategy that can be applied to a range of problems...