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Behavioral Health Resources
Community Recovery Services Provided by GAAMHA, Incorporated
GAAMHA is in-network with most MassHealth plans where Recovery Coaching and Recovery Support Navigation are covered benefits for subscribers. Affordable private pay options are also available.
Our coaches are trained peer specialists who embrace a philosophy that welcomes all methods of recovery and work to develop wellness plans that reflect the needs of the individual recovery.
Recovery Coaching is available for people as young as 15 and can be an effective early intervention and prevention tool for young people starting to experience trouble as a result of their substance use.
Recovery Support Navigation
Recovery Support Navigators (RSNs) provide care management and systems navigation to support individuals with a diagnosis of a substance use disorder and/ or co-occurring mental health disorders.
RSNs possess a thorough understanding of community culture to address the barriers to successful recovery, use human experience language, and provide links to community resources and treatment options.
Access to RSN services is based on necessity and a referral by a medical or behavioral health provider, community partner, or another care manager who can identify the need for additional support.
Family Recovery Coaching
Family Recovery Coaches assist in building capacity within family systems that are specifically designed to improve individual health and create an environment that is most conducive to the support and recovery of their loved one with a substance use disorder.
Magnolia New Beginnings and GAAMHA offer FAST® Family Meetings both online and in-person for families in the North Central area. By using a combination of these services, we feel that families will benefit from both professional facilitation and coaching, as well as the peer element that is so crucial for long-term support. For more information regarding meeting times and in-person availability, visit Magnolia Recovery Resources or GAAHMA's Family Recovery Coaching page.
- For general information or to request a tour please contact:
Michelle Dunn, Director of Community Outreach
Phone: 978-632-0934, ext. 356
Email Michelle Dunn
- For all intakes please contact:
Elizabeth Trumpolt, Intake Coordinator
Phone: 978-632-0934, ext. 369
Email Elizabeth Trumpolt
Health Resources in Action Offering Free Trainings
Opioid Overdose Prevention & Rescue Workshops
To learn more or schedule an on-site training for your staff, email Gracie Rolfe or call 617-391-9192
Opioid Overdose Rescue Training (2 hours)
Participants will learn about opioids and risk factors for overdose. They will then explore strategies for rescues and practice strategies through scenarios.
Opioid Overdose Prevention: Harm Reduction & Safety Planning with Clients (2 hours)
Participants will explore strategies to address the risks of overdose with a harm reduction approach. The scenario-based training provides opportunities for discussion and practice about issues of safety, grief, and moving toward behavior change.
To learn more or schedule a training for your staff, email Michael Leonard or call 617-279-2249.
Addressing Stigma in Our Work: Working with People Who Use and Inject Drugs (Harm Reduction 2.0) (2 hours)
Implementing a harm reduction approach into our work can be challenging without the right tools. This training will take a deeper dive into the theory and practices of harm reduction, how we can restructure our programs to implement a harm reductionist approach, and how we can support the clients we work with in authentic, affirming ways.
Exploring Pathways of Recovery (3 hours)
When we recognize that recovery looks different for every person, we can better advise our clients. This training will introduce the many different forms recovery can take from Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) to 12-step programs, to cognitive based therapies. In addition, participants will explore addressing stigma around recovery and how to best support our clients.
Working with People Who Use Stimulants: Best Practices (2 hours)
As drug use changes and evolves in Massachusetts and beyond, we need to be prepared to support clients no matter what substances they use. Learn the basics of what stimulants are, what they do in the body, and how we can support people who use stimulants.
Supervising Staff in Times of Crisis (4 hours)
This training is intended to provide supervisors with the best practices and tools for nurturing and supporting staff who work in the substance use and harm reduction fields.
Secondary Trauma (2 hours)
The training module is designed to educate and build skills around understanding secondary trauma and cumulative stress with a specific focus on improving the wellness and safety of service providers working in direct care with people who use drugs. Training topics include supporting resilience and preventing secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
"If They Had Known" Screening Opportunity
DA Early’s office has acquired a license to show “If They Had Known,” a documentary film featuring young adults talking about the risks of today’s party culture. This film is based on a tragic true story of a Massachusetts college student who lost his life after mixing Xanax with alcohol.
With the goal of helping our high school and college students make good decisions and prevent tragedies, the DA’s office is offering your community the opportunity to show this important film. They can work with you to tailor an event that works for your school or intended audience.
Additional information regarding the film, including a link to the Clay Soper Memorial Fund website where you can preview the documentary can be found on the Clay Soper Memorial Fund website.
For more information, please email Jill Wooldridge or call 774-317-2127.
Here are several testimonials from those who have already seen the film:
Every student-athlete and parents should see “If They Had Known”. It is a very powerful presentation that is very impactful. We are glad our student-athletes and parents were able to witness.- Shrewsbury High School Faculty
An eye-opening documentary about today’s party culture and a film every parent needs to watch.- Deborah S., Parent
This film made me think about the importance of making good decisions and the impact one bad decision can have on others.- Devin G., Student
A thought-provoking film that all high school, college students, and parents should see.- Marlene R., Parent
Recovery Centers of America
- Visit the Recovery Centers of America website for more information
- New program - RCA’s addiction treatment program for first responders
Online Quit Coaches Now Available
The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline now has three ways to support people who want to quit tobacco. New online options expand upon and complement the traditional telephone service and make a free and confidential quit coach more accessible.
- Users of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, and chew can reach a quit coach who can answer questions about the most effective ways to quit, how to get through cravings, and whether to use medicines. Coaching is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with some holiday exceptions) by calling 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).
- In addition, tobacco users can now enroll online either for online-only services or to receive combined phone and internet services, through Keep Trying Massachusetts.
- Those who prefer online-only support can receive all of the same services - free coaching, help with planning to quit, and help to track progress using a variety of online tools - through Keep Trying Massachusetts. Online support includes the ability to develop a quit plan, plan for triggers or withdrawal, and chat with others who are trying to quit. Motivational text messages, emails, and instant messages are also available.
Participants choose the parts of the Helpline program that work best for them and can use the services as frequently and as long as needed at no cost. Free nicotine patches and nicotine gum are available to all eligible users. And the Helpline services are available to support friends and family members, too. People who use coaching and medicines together are three times as likely to quit for good as those who use neither.
For more information about the Helpline and to enroll online, visit Keep Trying Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Online Resources to Support Recovery
- Screening Tool for Depression and Mental Illness
- Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions (TADS) - TADS is a 501c3 non-profit organization based out of Groton, Massachusetts that actively advocates for mental wellness for young people. The mission of TADS is to raise awareness about mental health issues in our society, especially depression, and anxiety, and in so doing, help to prevent suicide. TADS focuses on mental health issues, especially with regards to helping parents who have children with mental health needs.
- Regional School Health Coalition Crisis Intervention & Response Guide and Training Tool - Initiated in 2010, the RSHC embarked on the development of a comprehensive guide and training tool aimed at highlighting the procedural and emotional aspects of emergency response /trauma response for youth. The work is being done in collaboration within the Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Central MA Child Trauma Center Project. The Crisis Intervention and Response Resource Guide and Training Tool inventories and identifies programs, resources and protocols available to all within the region as well as local, state, and national resources. A joint project of LUK, Incorporated, the Central MA Child Trauma Center Project, the Regional School Health Coalition, and Community Health Connections, Incorporated.
9 Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is pleased to share with you the first in a new series of fact sheets for family caregivers, “9 Steps to Respite.” View the 9 Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers series.
Miscellaneous Resources & Links
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) North Central Mass Chapter Facebook Page
- Speakout talk on Critical Race Theory with BLM at Schools, Loretta Ross, and Tim Wise
- Careers in Crisis: How Black Women in the United States’ Largest Industry Were Left Behind in the COVID-19 Pandemic -The findings are sobering yet unsurprising, and point to the need for equity-informed policies that support a care economy moving forward.
- How Therapy for Black Girls set the standard for connecting with an audience in need
- Resources for Combating Anti-Asian Hate (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
- Create an action plan for racial equity
- 6 Steps for Building an Inclusive Workplace
- Beyond Diversity: A Road Map to Building an Inclusion Organization
- Blind Hiring: A How-to Guide to Reduce Bias and Increase Diversity
- Let's Connect - Transgender people have always been here and have always belonged. But unfortunately, transphobia has a long history, too. That’s why the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is breaking that history down (spoiler: it involves Nazis) and bringing today’s assaults into perspective – to make sure all of us are equipped with the facts as we continue to fight for trans rights in this critical moment.
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
- Anti-racism Resources for White People
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
- White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun (PDF)
- When the ‘White Tears’ Keep Coming by Leah Donnella
- The Empathy Crisis of White America by Phillip Picard
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race by Jay Smooth (video)
- Allegories on Race and Racism by Camara Phyllis Jones (video)
- A History of Racial Injustice (calendar)
- Safe Black Space
- Mapping Police Violence
- Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity - In this clip, educators Ise Lyfe and Tilman Smith speak about how bias places black and brown boys into “boxes” in our schools. Current heartbreaking events mean that we must keep working towards structural change. Cracking the Codes and its conversation guide provide pathways to cross-cultural dialogue and learning that are rooted in love and justice. We invite you to join other institutions = from Harvard Law School to Linn-Benton Community College - and incorporate this resource in your equity efforts.