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Dr. Monty Burks Deputy, Director of the Governor's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, where his role is engaging and connecting Tennessee’s faith communities to government and other non-profits with the goal of creating partnerships. In this episode we explore Building Blocks – Faith, Prevention, Recovery and the different intersection points between traditional and non-traditional behavioral health communities. Connect with our guest. Email: [email protected] Web site:   (search faith based) The funder of this project, along with all other products of the Mid-America PTTC is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Although funded by SAMHSA, the content of this recording does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA. Since 1993, SAMHSA has actively engaged and supported faith-based and community organizations involved in mental health services and substance use prevention and treatment. Their Community Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership Program includes more than 800 faith-based community partners. To learn more about programs and practices available, including funding opportunities visit: Faith and community leaders are often the first point of contact when individuals and families face mental health problems or traumatic events. In fact, in times of crisis, many will turn to trusted leaders in their communities before they turn to mental health professionals. Religious and other community organizations can play an important role in supporting individuals living with mental illnesses and encouraging them to seek help. To learn more about the role of Faith and Community leaders in mental health visit:
Published: February 15, 2024
eNewsletter or Blog
The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The January 2024 issue features the third installment of the Counselor's Corner blog series: Integrating Spirituality and Counseling with African American Clients, information on the Opioid Response Network's 2022-2023 regional summits, and a call for applications for the upcoming HEART (Healing Ethno And Racial Trauma) Training for Behavioral Health Providers Serving Hispanic & Latinx Communities intensive training series. As always, you will also find links to all upcoming events and trainings hosted by the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC!   Make sure you're subscribed to our email contact list so you never miss a month of The Great Lakes Current newsletter, and thank you for reading!
Published: January 11, 2024
  This Coffee Chat will explore how, based on an understanding of the etiology of substance use and other risky behaviors, community-based coalitions can build prevention service systems that can have far-reaching impacts. Effective coalitions are key to having these ‘population-based’ outcomes as they know and represent their broader communities, and have the potential of being more skilled at influencing the allocation of prevention resources, community policies & practices, inter-organizational relationships and community awareness, knowledge, and values
Published: June 14, 2023
This Coffee Chat will explore practical tools and approaches for engaging your coalition in systems thinking and engaging in community-level change. By using a risk and protective factor lens, participants will explore opportunities to engage diverse sectors within their community to impact population-wide changes to reduce substance misuse. Participants will leave with sample tools they can use with their coalition to encourage thinking at a systems-level - as well as plenty of resources to support ongoing skill building within their coalition.
Published: June 14, 2023
Description: Despite sustainability being a cross-cutting concept in prevention planning, it is often an afterthought or a moment of panic nearing the end of a grant cycle. Often our initiatives are funded by temporary grant opportunities, designed to jumpstart community change. This interactive virtual workshop will focused on the art of sustainability and how we maintain the human, social and material resources needed to achieve long-term goals for community change.   Learning Objectives: After participating in this training, participants will be able to: Define sustainability as a cross-cutting concept in the prevention Define and describe the three pillars of sustainability Identify a personal action step that will be implemented in the next 30 days.   About the Presenter: Nicole M. Augustine, Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants, LLC Nicole M Augustine is the Founder & CEO RIZE Consultants, LLC, a strategic consulting firm founded in January 2015. Nicole is an entrepreneur, public health professional and social justice advocate. Her journey in public health began at Cornell University when after graduating she worked for three years as a BASICS counselor for Cornell's campus harm reduction initiative.  From there, Nicole transitioned into the George Washington University School of Public Health before experiencing a rapid career progression from providing prevention education to providing training and technical assistance to communities, professionals and state agencies.Nicole has served as the Project Coordinator for the Southeast PTTC, the Project Director of the NC Behavioral Health Equity Initiative, and the Prevention Director for the Addiction Professionals of NC. Nicole currently serves as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network.This network is building trust across justice, corrections and medical systems to address the opioid and stimulants crisis.  
Published: January 27, 2022
Description: This webinar provided participants with a broad overview of the issues of faith and spirituality as protective factors, outlined the significant assets religious organizations possess and described how they can be mobilized to reduce substance misuse. Effective and innovative strategies for engaging faith leaders in prevention efforts were also discussed.   Learning Objectives: Participants learned about some of the challenges of working with the faith community Participants learned how community-based organizations and coalitions have successfully partnered with religious organizations in their communities.   About the Presenters: Tracy Johnson, Founder & Managing Partner of TTJ Group, LLC Tracy has over 29 years of experience working closely with states, nonprofits, small businesses, universities, communities and coalitions in helping them with community organizing, environmental strategies, strategic planning, substance abuse prevention, and cultural competence. He is also Managing Partner and Director of Training & Technical Assistance for SheRays’s & Associates, LLC. He currently is working with the state of Ohio’s Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) and the Community Collective Impact Model for Change (CCIM4C) Initiative. He formerly was the Project Director of the federally funded Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) Central Regional Team (CSAP's Central RT). Mr. Johnson is a member of the Executive Team for the Southeast (HHS Region 4) Prevention Technology Transfer Center network, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve implementation and delivery of effective substance abuse prevention interventions. Michael L. Dublin, Pastor for South Central Church of Christ Pastor Michael L. Dublin Sr. has served in the pastoral role at South Central church of Christ for the past 36 years. Pastor Dublin began his service to Christ Jesus in ministry as an Associate Minister at Brooks Avenue church of Christ in 1985 before his calling to Rochester Heights Church now South Central. Under God’s direction, South Central has grown spiritually and numerically and averages 180 on Sunday mornings. The current building where the congregation meets was completed in May 2006 and houses several ministries that are consistent with South Central’s God given vision to “Build a Better Community for the Coming Christ by Loving God, Each Other, and Serving the Community Through Intentional Evangelism”. Pastor Dublin has facilitated scripturally based, Substance Abuse Prevention and practical Marriage and Family workshops in a number of congregations of the Churches of Christ and is in growing demand to continue these workshops during this time of great stress in families and marriages and fluctuating drug use and misuse. Pastor Dublin has also worked in the field of Addictions as an Internationally Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant for the past 34 years.  He currently serves as a consultant for NC ABC Talk It Out Program providing faith-based training to churches. Pastor Dublin has been married to Cecelia Crim of Dayton, Ohio for 36 years. They have a blended family of three adult daughters and two adult sons, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Lesley Gabel, Certified Prevention Specialist Ms. Gabel is currently the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Prevention Resources (PR), a nonprofit agency presently covering Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth Counties, NJ. Lesley graduated with a Marketing degree from Hofstra University. She has over 30 years’ experience in key leadership roles in non-profit management and training with a focus on statistical analysis, auditing and process improvements. Ms. Gabel joined the Prevention Resource team in 2009 to direct and manage the federal Drug Free Communities grant program focusing on reducing underage drinking and drug misuse through the Safe Communities Coalition. The coalition has been recognized several times nationally for its’ outstanding successes and demonstrated outcomes in the area of prescription drug prevention and the reduction of underage drinking and marijuana; CADCA, Coalition of the Year, 2017, the National Coalition Milestone Award (February 2013) and the Dose of Prevention Award (2011). Additionally, she is incredibly proud to have received the 2018 Hunterdon County Business Woman of the Year award and Community Leader Award with the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association in 2016. Ms. Gabel has also been one of the team members responsible for developing a nationally recognized Faith Based coalition called “One Voice,” a collaborative network of faith-based organizations and the prosecutor’s office, focusing on community concerns, such as suicide, opioid and marijuana prevention. Ms. Gabel is passionate about creating a better community by being involved with many organizations. She has been fortunate to live in many parts of the country like Georgia, New York, California, Nevada, Colorado and now New Jersey. Most of all, Lesley enjoys her time with her family and dogs.
Published: December 16, 2021
   This month, our National Hispanic and Latino ATTC and PTTC would like to celebrate El Día De Los Muertos/ The Day of the Dead, as a traditional and healthy way to cope with the loss of those we love and care for. To learn more, please access our webpages: and Sources: #NLBHA #NHLATTC #NHLPTTC   Español  Nuestros Centros Nacionales Hispano y Latino ATTC y PTTC desean honrar El Día de Los Muertos como una forma tradicional y saludable de manejar la pérdida de aquellos que amamos y que son importantes para nosotros. Para obtener más información, visite: y Fuentes: #NLBHA #NHLATTC #NHLPTTC   Português Neste mês, nossos Centros Nacionais Hispânico-Latino ATTC e PTTC gostariam de homenagear o Dia de Finados, como uma forma tradicional e saudável de enfrentar a perda daqueles que amamos. Para obter mais informações, visite nossas páginas: e> Fontes: #NLBHA #NHLATTC #NHLPTTC  
Published: October 29, 2021
COURSE DESCRIPTION Super Session Partnering with Faith Communities to Improve Prevention Outcomes  The South Southwest PTTC hosted the virtual super session Partnering with Faith Communities to Improve Prevention Outcomes on August 3, 2021, for prevention professionals and members of faith and spiritual communities.    Faith and spirituality play a prominent role in the lives of many, making it vital prevention professionals leverage relationships with communities of faith to improve community health and wellness. Importantly, faith is considered a protective factor for preventing or mitigating the risk of substance misuse and a contributor to resilience. Faith-based programming and communities should be included when engaging in comprehensive multi-sector prevention planning. Select the View Resource button above to watch the recording. Below is the PowerPoint for this webinar. PowerPoint   PRESENTER Tracy Johnson, with over 25 years of experience, has worked closely with nonprofits, small businesses and, communities in helping them with community organizing, environmental strategies, strategic planning, Substance Abuse Prevention, Coalition Building, cultural diversity and, effective program. He has led projects in working with states and communities on effective substance abuse prevention strategies. Has extensive knowledge of SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework process and Strategic Initiatives. He is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for SheRay's & Associates, LLC, Los Angeles, CA. He leads and directs the training needs of clients and as well as the development and implementation of training plans. He identifies experts needed to fulfill the client's needs. He oversees the 60+ expert Associates and Consultants utilized around the United States. He has received numerous certificates in training in prevention including awards for crime prevention as well as being the lead facilitator for a northern Illinois urban city for its comprehensive crime prevention plan. He was former President and is now lead consultant of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services of Illinois. He led the implementation of a CSAP "High-Risk Youth" grant in reducing substance abuse in high-risk communities. He enjoys jogging and spending time with his grandchildren.
Published: August 11, 2021
eNewsletter or Blog
In this Issue: Engaging and Working with the Faith Community Additional Resources What's Happening Around the Region? Upcoming Events Data Collection During the Pandemic, January 26 Epi Corner: Enhancing Community Prevention Capacity: Faith-Based Organizations           
Published: December 18, 2020
Curriculum Package
Most Americans are part of a religious institution, which is often the first point of contact for those seeking help with a mental health or substance use problem. Religious institutions offer support for these individuals in an environment that respects their culture and values, with some studies finding that religious involvement is a protective factor for mental health and substance use. At the same time, religious beliefs about mental illness and substance misuse can lead to stigma, shame, and isolation if the illnesses are viewed as the result of sinful behavior or lack of faith.   Click the "Download" button above to access: The Preventing and Reducing Stigma: Faith Leaders Slide Deck  The Preventing and Reducing Stigma: Faith Leaders Two-Pager Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention: Rationale for Partnering and Resources to Support Your Efforts   Related Products Podcast: Spotlight on Stigma Episode 2: The Role of Faith Leaders Web Page: Visit the Great Lakes PTTC Preventing and Reducing Stigma webpage!            
Published: November 9, 2020
Faith institutions have the potential to touch a broader range of the community than other sectors because they reach people of all ages, economic levels and ethnicities. This webinar will present a strong, clear rationale for the role of faith leaders in working across the continuum of care, including substance use prevention. Drew Brooks is the Executive Director of Faith Partners, a non-profit organization providing leadership, administration, and training for a congregational addiction team ministry model. He has been active in church all his life and provided leadership in a number of ministries. Drew has worked in the prevention, treatment, and public health fields for more than 36 years with Hazelden, Johnson Institute, and other organizations, including providing training and consultation to faith communities, schools, and community organizations across the country. He recently served as co-chair of the Austin Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Initiative, member of the Texas Recovery Initiative (TRI), and a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) 12-person team to assist the State of Texas in designing and implementing recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems.   Ben Spooner has contributed to technical assistance (TA) efforts in communities across  the nation, including work with multiple American Indian tribes. He has served as a TA provider for the Massachusetts TA system since 2012. Prior to this,his most recent work was with the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Training and Technical Assistance Center and with the Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance Center providing TA on youth substance use and violence prevention.      Additional Materials:  /media/2764 Engaging the Faith Comm. (Part 1): Engaging the Faith Comm. (Part 2):
Published: October 16, 2020
eNewsletter or Blog
Prevention of Substance Misuse in Older Adults Additional Resources What's Happening Around the Region? Epi Corner: Substance Use Among Older Adults
Published: August 10, 2020
This is a recording of the fourth session in our Wellness for Providers series
Published: July 31, 2020
The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center, and the National American Indian and Alaskan Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center are happy to invite you to a series of Virtual Learning Sessions: CULTURE IS PREVENTION. Culture is fundamental to develop a successful career or a successful organization, and building that culture is everyone's responsibility. Despite recent progress, health disparities continue a challenge among Latino/Hispanic, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives, compared with the US population as a whole. National data show the need to enhance services and access to services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Providing culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services requires an understanding of cultural competence/Humility. This session is the 3rd of 4 sessions. Session 1: Different Cultures; One Vision (Click for Slides) Session Co-hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NHL PTTC) and the National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NAI/AN PTTC). Session 2: Spirituality In The Native American culture And Its Role In Prevention And Healing (Click for Slides) Session Hosted by the National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NAI/AN PTTC). Session 3: Spirituality in the Hispanic and Latino Culture And Its Role In Prevention And Healing (Click for Slides) Session Hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NHL PTTC). Session 4: How We Can Culturally Navigate Between The Two Communities (Click for Slides) Session Co-hosted by the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NHL PTTC) and the National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NAI/AN PTTC).
Published: July 22, 2020
Additional Resources Download Presentation Slides Translations     This presentation will provide a clear understanding of the disproportionate impact substance abuse has on the Hispano/Latino populations. The role the faith community has to play is an integral part of a successful prevention program in a community. In our work with the community, we find that spirituality/religion is a significant protective factor in addressing substance abuse. Learning objectives: Spirituality is an important protective factor against substance abuse and an important support for persons in recovery. Religious people are less likely than others to use drugs and less likely to experience negative drug related consequences. Clergy are the first professionals many people with serious personal problems, like substance abuse, contact for help. Clergy could more fully use the resources they have—sermons, members who are helping professionals like social workers and nurses, and their buildings—to educate members of their congregations and communities about substance abuse, and to support individuals and families experiencing substance-related problems.   About the Presenter Harry Montoya, MA Harry is internationally recognized as an authority on substance abuse prevention. He has traveled with the US State Department and the US Department of Commerce in an official diplomatic capacity to Argentina and Mexico. He has also consulted across the United States with state and local governments, community groups and private nonprofits, and is published in textbooks and multiple peer-reviewed academic journals. He’s served on the national board of the Arlington, VA-based Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the National Drug Prevention League.
Published: May 14, 2020
Print Media
Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention: The Rationale for Partnering and Resources to Support Your Efforts  This resource guide was created as a companion to the Great Lakes PTTC two-part webinar series, Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention.  The four-page guide gives an overview of the role of the faith community in prevention efforts and lists prevention toolkits and other resources developed by faith communities.  Click to Download: Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention: The Rationale for Partnering and Resources to Support Your Efforts
Published: November 5, 2019
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