Build Community Capacity: Offer Training Programs to Build the Capacity of Communities to Respond.
You can save lives by referring people to proper treatment and help navigate systems of care.
Leaders in faith and community organizations can be trained to:
90 percent of Americans struggling with addiction are not currently getting treatment. Making sure they get it can make a huge difference.
—HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.
- Make referrals to treatment
- Respond in an emergency
- Provide ongoing support groups for those in recovery and living with addiction
Build Community Capacity: Trainings
Your community can partner with outside organizations (including public health offices, treatment facilities, hospitals, community health centers or nonprofit service providers) to deliver capacity-building trainings, such as:
- Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): A public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.
- How to Navigate the Substance Use Disorder System of Care: Many types of substance use disorder treatment services are available.
- Motivational Interviewing: Learn a counseling approach that seeks to facilitate and strengthen an individual’s motivation to change their drinking or other behavior.
- Emergency Response: Learn how to recognize overdose symptoms and administer naloxone (an opioid overdose-reversing drug).
- Peer Recovery Models: Sharing experiences brings hope to people in recovery and promotes a sense of belonging within the community.
- Mental Health First Aid: Gain the skills to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Trauma-Informed Approaches and Trauma-Specific Interventions: Learn about the critical connections between recovery and resilience for people impacted by trauma.