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The Florida Department of Children and Families' Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) in conjunction with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) are continually developing and providing training to personnel who provide substance use disorder services in support of Section 371.321, Florida Statutes. This high-caliber training is delivered at no charge to participants via live, in-person workshops and convenient webinars.

The archived webinar recordings are not eligible for continuing education units. Participation in interactive webinars and live workshops posted in the Community Calendar does qualify for continuing education for certain Florida licensed health care practitioners and Florida certified behavioral health professionals. 

Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents

 Presented by: Jaime Houston-Mulligan, Psy.D

 Event Date: 06/29/18

Event Description: Adolescents’ drug use and treatment needs differ from adults. For example, adolescents ages 12-17 are more likely to receive treatment for marijuana use than for alcohol use than are adults. As opposed to adults, youth are less likely to report drug withdrawal symptoms and or report continuing drug use despite physical or mental health problems. Adolescents also are more likely than adults to hide their substance abuse and to continue to use despite fights or legal trouble (National Institute on Drug Abuse).

This webinar will describe the common profiles of adolescents presenting for treatment, review the impact of substance use on adolescent development and discuss evidence-based treatments and guidelines for adolescents with substance use disorders. A case example will be used to demonstrate different approaches to treatment. The research evidence behind effective and cost-effective treatment for adolescents with substance use disorders will also be reviewed. This webinar is intended to help both experienced and novice practitioners develop knowledge and skills to work more effectively with adolescents with substance use disorders.

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Empowered Health Consciousness and Cognitive Behavioral Strategies: Addressing Rx Risk Through Wellness

 Presented by: Joel Bennett, Ph

 Event Date: 06/28/18

Event Description: Health Consciousness (HC) is a process of increasing awareness in the face of potential risks to one’s health. HC assumes that (1) individuals have the desire and ability to stay conscious of their health; (2) accordingly, they recognize triggers (stimuli, symptoms, or behaviors) which suggest they may be at risk of poor health; and (3) then they take corrective action, with protective factors or resources (e.g. Healthy Alternatives). This webinar will walk participants through specific steps for empowering oneself and others to be health conscious as a whole person (physical, emotional, occupational, social, intellectual, and spiritual). Participants will review research showing how HC can mitigate the risks of prescription drug misuse. For a preview of HC, download this article, recently published in Spirituality & Health magazine: http://organizationalwellness.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bennett-MJ18.pdf

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Update to the Annual Substance Abuse Trends Report

 Presented by: Lee A. Crandall, Ph.D.,

 Event Date: 06/22/18

Event Description: This webinar will provide a brief statewide and regional update of the data and trends most recently addressed in the 2018 Annual Report, Patterns and Trends of Substance Use Within and Across the Regions of Florida. This update includes new information from sources such as the Monitoring the Future 2017 Overview and the 2017 Interim Report from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission. Major findings include: historic declines in alcohol use, binge drinking and cigarette smoking among Florida’s youth; the serious and growing harm caused by opioids, especially heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, and increased mortality associated with cocaine, methamphetamine and alprazolam.

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Seeing Through the Smoke: Current Understanding of Marijuana

 Presented by: Joseph Hyde, MA, LMHC, CAy

 Event Date: 06/20/18

Event Description: Clearly, attitudes toward marijuana use have shifted from those of decades past, and prevalence of use in the U.S. has increased over time. In 2016, it was estimated that 128 million Americans had tried cannabis, of which 24 million were current (i.e., past month) users, making cannabis the most commonly used drug among for those age 12 and older (Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2017). These data underline the importance of reexamining the current approach and adopting new, more effective means of discussing cannabis use with youth and adults. In this webinar, presenters will provide highly relevant new information to better engage youth and adults regarding cannabis use and targeted motivational intervention strategies with proven tools to motivate change.

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Workshop - Implementing Effective Prevention Strategies in the Face of a Changing Environment.

 Presented by: Dorothy J Chaney

 Event Date: 06/11/18 - 06/14/18

Event Description: The landscape related to substance use is changing. States are legalizing marijuana, and the opioid epidemic is Florida’s most urgent public health issue despite enhanced efforts to address the crisis. With communities working to reduce overdose death and increase pathways to treatment, where does primary prevention fit? This session will provide an overview of how and why primary prevention should be the foundation of any substance abuse effort. We will look at emerging trends and the role that community coalitions play in addressing community level risk factors that lead to youth substance use. Participants will be engaged in a dialogue related to the importance of mobilizing the community using SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and will have the opportunity to identify how they can apply concepts from this session in their work.

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Recovery Community Organizations – Basics for Increasing a Communities Recovery Capital within a Recovery Oriented System of Care Framework

 Presented by: Hannah Rose

 Event Date: 05-10-18

Event Description: The purpose of this webinar is to learn the basics for increasing community recovery capital within a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC).

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The Patient-Centered Approach to Extended-Release Naltrexone (XR-NTX)

 Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD

 Event Date: 04-30-18

Event Description: The FDA approved intramuscular Extended-Release Naltrexone (XR-NTX) for the prevention of relapse in opioid use disorder (OUD) following detoxification. XR-NTX is different from previous Medications in Addiction Treatment (MAT) in terms of abstinence & blockade, duration of action, psychological effects, and impact on behavior. We will review XR-NTX’s pharmacology, clinical indication, formulation, patient selection issues, patient initiation protocols, counseling approaches, contraindications, adverse effects, and considerations regarding treatment completion. 

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Medication Assisted Treatment for Special Populations: The Who’s Why’s and How’s of Access for All

 Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD

Event Date: 04-26-18

Event Description: Although the opioid epidemic is killing a broad swath of Americans, there are important subgroups who are at even greater risk. Their vulnerability and specific needs deserve particular attention. Medication in addiction treatment selection and delivery must be considered in light of these epidemiologic, biological and other clinical parameters. Focused attention to outreach, wrap-around services and collaborative care can save lives and build recovery and health for these patients, their communities, and society as a whole. 

This education experience was offered as a live workshop.

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Families in Crisis: Working with Families in Recovery

 Presented by: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC

 Event Date: 04-12-18

Event Description: This webinar will focus on evidence-supported strategies to engage and support families in recovery, including methods to improve communication and problem solving within the family, family psychoeducation, and family intervention models with special emphasis on Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) Therapy. 

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Substance Use Counseling Skills

Presented by: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC

Event Date: 04-2018

Event Description: For many, recovery is a lifelong process, and yet we know that recovery is possible. Rooted in SAMHSA’s guiding principles of recovery, with emphasis on relationship-based, trauma-informed, person-centered and strengths-based approaches; this workshop will offer hands-on learning to implementing evidence supported practices in substance use counseling with key skills for assessing opioid overdose risk and providing overdose prevention counseling.

This education experience was offered as a live workshop.

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Gender-Specific Trauma Treatment Strategies

 Presented by: Brian R. Sims, MD

 Event Date: 03-30-2018

Event Description: This webinar will include an overview of trauma basics and its pervasiveness in all age groups and in special populations.  The webinar will describe developmental milestones and how those are associated with gender differences in responses to trauma. Also, the webinar will include information about how the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study reflects gender differences. The webinar will be appropriate for new as well as experienced clinicians, and it will teach participants that healing and recovery from trauma are possible. 

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Contingency Management: An Underused Treatment Approach for Opioid Use Disorder

 Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM

 Event Date: 03-13-2018

Event Description: Although research supports the efficacy of Contingency Management (CM) as an evidence-based practice for treatment of substance use disorders, it is not widely used. This webinar will review the theory of CM and its origins in operant conditioning, its evidence base of 40 random controlled trials, and current understandings of best practices for effective use of CM – including what is not fully known. We will also examine the logistical, financial, ethical and training obstacles that have impeded adoption of CM and the ways in which new technologies may solve these challenges to facilitate widespread adoption of CM into routine clinical care.

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Naltrexone: Not a Primary MAT - but Still Worth Knowing

 Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM

 Event Date: 03-21-2018

Event Description:  Oral naltrexone (NTX-PO) is a potent blocker at brain opioid receptors, so it was a natural consideration as a medication in addiction treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). For most OUD patients, however, studies have not found NTX-PO to be any better than placebo or non-medication treatment – due to poor adherence by patients. Nevertheless, it is still used for patients whose pill-taking can be regularly monitored, for detoxification and induction onto extended-release naltrexone, and for patients who have completed MAT but encounter new stressors for which they may want temporary protection from relapse.

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Case Consulting: Working with Individuals with Behavioral Health Challenges  

 Presented by: Susie Kowalsky, MA, LCPC

Event Date: 03-2018

Event Description:  Through brief lecture, demonstration, and case consultation this training will focus on experiential learning to support workers’ skills and competence in utilizing clinical interventions. The trainer will guide, facilitate, oversee, and process experiential learning activities to ensure accurate practice, appropriate feedback, and incorporation of new skills into every day work. 

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SAMHSA Women Matter! Training Toolbox

Presented by: Hendrée E. Jones, Ph.D

Event Date: 03-01-2018

Event Description: Women receiving treatment for substance use disorders need a comprehensive approach to treatment that addresses their physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of life. This webinar will provide research findings regarding the biopsychosocial issues that women with substance use disorders often face. It also will provide clinical tips to help women heal and thrive. It will include information about how trauma can shape parenting practices and how providers can help nurture maternal-child interactions to be more positive. The webinar will conclude with describing ways to help women live in whole health wellness in a lifespan and recovery-oriented approach.

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Methadone: A Standard, Standby, and Still a Solution for Opioiod Use Disorder

Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD

Event Date: 02-28-2018

Event Description: Dr. Gastfriend is Senior Research Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI). This training is relevant to a variety of health and human service professionals and paraprofessionals, such as health care professionals (physicians, pharmacists, nurses, emergency medical personnel, etc.), law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, recovery support personnel, and community members at risk of experiencing or witnessing an opioid overdose.

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Clinical Supervision   

 Presented by: Jane Dwyer Lee, MSW, LCSW

 Event Date: 02-26-2018

 Event Description: Clinical supervision is “the cornerstone of quality improvement and assurance” in the addiction field, providing, “a bridge between the classroom and clinic” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration 2009). Clinical supervisors are gatekeepers for their profession. Their ability to mentor, educate, and encourage their supervisees is an important determinant of the quality of treatment given to individuals with substance use disorders. Guidance from skilled supervisors helps clinicians achieve more competence, confidence, and knowledge. This webinar will describe how to be an effective clinical supervisor in the substance abuse treatment field. It will include information about: Clinical supervision’s role in substance abuse treatment; ethical and legal considerations of clinical supervision, and supervision issues involved in implementing Recovery Oriented Systems of Care practices. The information will be useful for new as well as experienced clinical supervisors.

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Annual Substance Abuse Trends Report

Presented By: Lee A. Crandall, Ph.D.

Event Date: 02-23-2018

Event Description: This webinar will review the most current trends from 2016 and 2017 in tracking substance abuse with Florida's 7 Managing Entity Regions and across the State. It builds on reports previously produced by Epidemiologist James N. Hall to describe the use and impact of drugs in Florida. It includes the: 2017 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey data published in November 2016; 2016 Medical Examiners Report published November 2017 and the Bureau of Economic and Business Research 2017 county population estimates published December 2017. It also includes information from the: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System; Florida Youth Tobacco Survey and National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Major findings include: A continuing improvement in indicators of youth use of alcohol and cigarettes; serious and growing harm caused by opioids, especially heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, and increased mortality associated with cocaine, methamphetamine, and alprazolam.

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Trauma-Informed Care for Adolescents

Presented By:
Susie Kowalsky, MA, LCPC

Event Date: 02-13-2018

 Event Description: Traumatic events are powerful and influential moments in people’s lives. While individual responses to trauma can vary, they share a common function of allowing for survival and adaptation. Learned behaviors can either serve as a means of protection against retraumatization or lead to further isolation and victimization. By incorporating trauma-informed care into the delivery of services to adolescents, providers are better equipped to provide early intervention, avoid retraumatization, and foster post-traumatic growth. This webinar will focus on implementing a strengths-based approach to understanding traumatic events and their effects. Attendees will learn about skills, supports, and clinical interventions for providing trauma-informed services to adolescent populations.

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Words Matter: Encore Presentation for ROSC Treatment Providers

Presented By:
Janis Tondora, Psy.D.

Event Date: 02-09-2018

Event Description: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) principles challenge behavioral health professionals to move beyond narrow, problem-driven models of service delivery to more fully embrace strengths-based, recovery-focused care. This transformation includes the design, delivery, and evaluation of behavioral health services. Words used to describe individuals’ lives and recovery also are part of ROSC. Often behavioral health field language is contrary to clinicians’ strengths-based, recovery-focused intent. There is a tendency to focus on deficits, aberrations, and symptoms—what is “wrong” with people. Emphasizing the negative has led to hopelessness and despair among people in recovery and the behavioral health professionals who serve them. By contrast, recovery-oriented practitioners strive to communicate in respectful, balanced ways celebrating strengths while not minimizing barriers interfering with a person’s life, goals, and aspirations. This webinar will review guidelines that should be considered regarding recovery-based language in written documents and verbal interactions. This webinar will include experiential exercises and examples of "transformed" language excerpts and terms. Participants also will learn about references and resources. 

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Where It’s At: Levels of Care for Induction of Medication Assisted Treatment

 Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD

Event Date: 01-30-18

Event Description: This workshop is relevant to a variety of health and human service professionals and paraprofessionals, such as health care professionals (physicians, pharmacists, nurses, emergency medical peronnel, etc.), law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, recovery support personnel, and community members at risk of experiencing or witnessing an opioid overdose. 

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Strengths-Based Assessment and Person-Centered Treatment Planning according to Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Presented By:
Janis L. Tondora, Psy.D.

Event Date: 01-26-2018

Event Description: A person-centered approach supports individuals in driving their own recovery and encourages a holistic method of collaborative planning. It goes beyond the management of diagnosis. It allows clinicians to more fully appreciate the importance of an individual’s cultural preferences, natural supports, and recovery-based life goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the core principles and practices of strengths-based, person-centered recovery planning (PCRP), and how it differs from traditional approaches to care. The webinar will focus on a didactic presentation of the PCRP model with an emphasis on the “nuts-and-bolts” of quality implementation from both a process and a documentation perspective. Participants will receive guidance in co-creating recovery plans that respect strengths-based, person-centered principles while also satisfying expectations associated with clinical, accreditation, and fiscal regulations. Hypothetical, case-based examples of strengths-based PCRPs will be shared with the group as a way of illustrating key elements of quality recovery plans. Participants will also be given access to resources to support further learning and skill development in Person-Centered Recovery Planning.

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Environmental Strategies to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use

Presented By:
David Jernigan, Ph.D. 

Event Date: 01-24-2018

Event Description: This webinar will provide information about excessive alcohol use in Florida and will focus on environmental strategies to reduce underage drinking and adult binge drinking. It will include information about: environmental factors that encourage excessive alcohol use; best practices in terms of environmental strategies to address excessive alcohol use; and the research supporting those best practices. The webinar will include case study examples demonstrating how the research findings can be used. The webinar will contain information that would be useful for newcomers to prevention as well as highly experienced persons working in the prevention field.

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Words Matter: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Language

Presented By:
Janis L. Tondora, Psy.D.

Event Date: 01-12-2018

Event Description: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) principles challenge behavioral health professionals to move beyond narrow, problem-driven models of service delivery to more fully embrace strengths-based, recovery-focused care. This transformation includes the design, delivery, and evaluation of behavioral health services. Words used to describe individuals’ lives and recovery also are part of ROSC. Often behavioral health field language is contrary to clinicians’ strengths-based, recovery-focused intent. There is a tendency to focus on deficits, aberrations, and symptoms—what is “wrong” with people. Emphasizing the negative has led to hopelessness and despair among people in recovery and the behavioral health professionals who serve them. By contrast, recovery-oriented practitioners strive to communicate in respectful, balanced ways celebrating strengths while not minimizing barriers interfering with a person’s life, goals, and aspirations. This webinar will review guideline

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing a Non-Narcotic Medication Assisted Treatment Program in the Criminal Justice System

Presented By:
Rebecca Hogamier, MBA, LCADC, MAC

Event Date: 12-14-2017

Event Description: Increased prescription drug and heroin use and addiction have led to an opioid epidemic in the United States. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based practice that can be an important tool in helping people recover from substance use disorders. This webinar will review best practices for utilizing Vivitrol®, a non-narcotic, non-addictive MAT in jails and with individuals transitioning into the community after incarceration.

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Treatment of Individuals Living with Co-Occurring Disorders

Presented By:
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Event Date: 12-13-2017

Event Description: In this skill-building webinar participants will be introduced to strategies to effectively work with clients with co-occurring disorders to address their needs on their road to recovery. Mental health issues and substance use disorders co-occur in about 45% of Americans seeking substance use disorder treatment (SAMHSA). Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of symptoms. In many cases, people receive treatment for one while the other remains untreated. This may occur because both mental and substance use disorders can have biological, psychological, and social components. Other reasons may be inadequate provider training or screening, an overlap of symptoms, or that other health issues take priority. In any case, the consequences of undiagnosed, untreated or undertreated co-occurring disorders can lead to a higher likelihood of experiencing homelessness, incarceration, medical illnesses, suicide or even early death. A partial list of topics included in this webinar is: the new person-centered approach to co-occurring disorders treatment; evidence-based approaches to co-occurring disorders treatment; and 10 strategies for helping clients with co-occurring disorders avoid slipping through the cracks.

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Infectious Disease Control for Persons Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs)

Presented By:
Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Jesse T. Bennett, BSW


Event Date: 12-12-2017

Event Description: People who inject drugs are at greater risk of contracting or transmitting HIV and viral hepatitis. The intersection of the opioid and infectious disease epidemics is not a coincidence. Stigma and discrimination against people with mental health or substance use disorders or HIV can deter individuals from seeking health care services, reducing the opportunity for better health through the use of the latest methods for treatment and prevention. This webinar will present information/trends about the inter-relationship between opioid misuse and infectious disease and what measures can be taken to effectively address this public health emergency. Evidence-based behavioral interventions and innovative approaches to infectious disease prevention for persons who inject drugs will be discussed.

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Effective Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and Behavioral Health Issues

 
   

Presented By:
Susan Pourciau
Amanda Rosada

Event Date: 11-30-2017

Event Description: One in five individuals experiencing homelessness in January 2016 was also living with a serious mental health or chronic substance abuse disorder (2016 AHAR: Part1-Point-In-Time Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.). Individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders can be particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless as these health conditions can create difficulties in accessing and maintaining stable housing. Coping with the trauma of homelessness can further exacerbate substance use/abuse and mental health conditions. Traditionally, homeless and housing programs have required sobriety and/or mental health treatment as a prerequisite to receiving housing and services. Similarly, behavioral health providers often consider treatment for behavioral health issues as the first order of business for those experiencing homelessness. However, a large body of evidence-based research demonstrates that these practices may create barriers to, and lack of involvement with, systems of care, causing the most vulnerable people to fall through the cracks. When providers focus on stabilizing an individual’s most basic needs first, such as permanent affordable housing, the likelihood of recovery is significantly improved. Substance abuse and mental health recovery are much more attainable when individuals have stable housing. This webinar, designed for novice as well as advanced practitioners, will provide best practices for addressing homelessness for individuals involved in the behavioral health system and present steps for how behavioral health providers can assist with housing needs. Participants will receive tools to increase skills for effectively working with individuals pre-housing and post-housing. 

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Buprenorphine: An Effective Partial Agonist Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

Presented By:
David R. Gastfriend, MD

Event Description: The FDA approved Buprenorphine (BUP) in addiction treatment as safe and effective for opioid use disorder (OUD). BUP has unique chemistry, brain effects, side effects, and impact on behavior. We will review BUP’s pharmacology, clinical indication, formulations, federal law requirements, patient selection issues, practice guidelines, counseling recommendations, contraindications, adverse effects, abuse risks and considerations regarding treatment completion.

Event Date: 11-29-2017

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Effective Intake and Assessment of Pregnant Women

Presented By:
Amy Falin

Event Description: Historically, women with substance use disorders have received treatment that was developed to meet the needs of men with substance use disorders. However, research during recent decades has indicated that women with substance use disorders benefit from receiving holistic, women-centered approaches that meet their psychosocial needs (Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009). This particularly is important for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders, a subgroup that – due to their specialized stresses and responsibilities – can be difficult to attract to treatment and to retain in treatment. Using examples from cases, this webinar will describe how to use the initial intake and assessment of such pregnant and parenting women to maximize their chances of successfully completing treatment.

Event Date: 11-28-2017

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Substance Use and Treatment in Older Adults

Presented By:
Nicholas Szubiak, MSW, LCSW
Nicole Cadovius, M.B.A, M.S.M

Event Description: This webinar is intended for substance use treatment providers, primary care clinicians, social workers, senior center staff and others who have regular contact with older adults. The purpose of this webinar is to better understand the life transitions that occur with aging that may cause older adults to be at risk for problems with substance use and present information about relevant trends and tools for successfully recognizing, screening, and treating substance use in older adults.  Participants will also explore their own possible biases towards screening and treating older adults who may be misusing or abusing substances.

Event Date: 11-15-2017

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders in Brief

Presented By:
Linda Dimeff, PhD


Event Date: 11-08-2017

Event Description: The purpose of this webinar is to learn about the Evidenced-Based Practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a highly efficacious treatment developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, for multi-diagnostic, severely disordered individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation. While originally developed for difficult-to-treat patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD), research has demonstrated that DBT is also effective for patients with a variety of complex problems, including substance use disorders where emotion dyscontrol are often at the core of the individual’s problems and/or interfere with long-term maintenance of therapeutic progress (Chapman, 2006), DBT has been adapted for use in a variety of settings, including prisons, inpatient hospitals, schools, and juvenile justice facilities.

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Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Treatment

Presented By:
Raymond Pomm, MD



Event Date: 10-27-2017

Event Description: The opioid epidemic has taken a dramatic shift in its impact upon every socioeconomic level of our society. Beginning with prescription opioids to fentanyl and its analogs, we are now facing unfathomable challenges. Knowing not only whom but also what we are treating has become of paramount importance. Without drug testing, treatment will be a partially blind effort that can result in further morbidity and mortality for individuals with substance use disorders. This webinar will review the basic pharmacology of the most common drugs of abuse as well as their interaction with each other. We will then discuss the various forms of drug testing available while also analyzing the benefits and potential pitfalls of each type of testing. In addition, how to best understand and utilize drug testing results as potential therapeutic interventions will be clearly delineated. Most importantly, the potentially lifesaving benefits of drug testing, within the scope of substance abuse treatment, will be analyzed and discussed.

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Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth: The Importance of Awareness, Identification, and Treatment Across a Continuum of Care

Presented by: Kimberly McGrath, Psy.D.

Event Date: 10-2017

Event Description: This workshop addressed Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). This issue has been in the forefront of child welfare for the past several years. In response, the Florida Legislature has approved legislation and rules to help guide the child welfare system, professionals and providers engaged with and who treat survivors of exploitation. Through this presentation participants will acquire an understanding of the scope of the problem of commercial sexual exploitation and the related importance of awareness of CSEC.

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Medication is Addiction Treatment, Too! An Overview of Medication Assisted Treatment

Presented By:
David R. Gastfriend, MD


Event Date: 10-16-2017

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Patient Management: Care for Success in the Opioid Epidemic

 Presented by: David R. Gastfriend, MD

 Event Date: 10-12-17

Event Description: Participants reviewed how our understanding of the brain and clinical research elucidate strategies for patient management, specifically for patients receiving medication-assisted treatment. These strategies can improve patient engagement, retention, adherence to counseling and medication, support from families/significant others, completion of therapy, and continuity of care.

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Recovery Oriented System of Care Organizational Assessment

Presented By:
James Winarski

Event Date: 09-19-2017

Event Description: This webinar will explain why and how to implement the Self-Assessment Planning Tool for Implementing Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services (SAPT) Version 2.0. The tool was originally developed at the University of South Florida under contract with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). In 2016, the SAPT planning tool was revised to support Florida’s Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) process. A ROSC is a system transformation initiative that the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is leading. This is a values-driven approach to structuring behavioral health systems and a network of clinical and non-clinical services and supports. Under ROSC, recovery is expected and achieved through meaningful partnerships and shared decision making with individuals, communities, and systems. The planning tool is designed to help agencies establish policies and practices resulting in positive, recovery-oriented services outcomes.

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How to Effectively Use Print, Broadcast, and Social Media in Substance Abuse Prevention

Presented By:
Louise R. Ritchie, Ph.D.

Event Date: 07-31-2017

Event Description: Participants will learn how to effectively engage print media in publicizing substance abuse prevention efforts. They also will learn how to effectively engage broadcast media professionals in publicizing substance abuse prevention efforts, and how to effectively use social media in substance abuse prevention efforts.

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Overdose Prevention and Naloxone in Florida

Presented By:
Amanda Muller

Event Date: 07-26-2017

Event Description: In recent years, unintentional overdose surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the United States is experiencing an “epidemic of drug overdose (poisoning) deaths,” citing that since 2000, the rate of drug overdose deaths increased 137%, including a 200% increase in those involving opioids. In Florida, drug-related deaths increased by 14% from 2014 to 2015, with deaths from opioids (heroin, fentanyl, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone) determined as causing death in more than 50% of the 4,682 deaths in which drugs were found (Florida Medical Examiners Commission Report, April 2016). Given these numbers, law enforcement, other first responders and human service professionals of all types face the ever-growing reality of having to deal with drug overdoses on any given day. The purpose of this webinar is to examine the use of naloxone, a well-known and long used medication to reverse effects of opiates in the event of overdose. Step-by-step instructions for recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose will be presented. This session will also provide detailed information regarding Florida’s 911 Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access laws. Instructions for enrolling in DCF’s Overdose Prevention Program will be provided to non-profit organizations interested in receiving free naloxone to distribute to individuals at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose.

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Medication Assisted Treatment Completion Criteria and a Proposed Protocol

Presented By:
Dr. David Gastfriend

Event Date:06-30-2017

Event Description: This webinar will include a review of current literature on adherence and treatment compliance in the treatment of substance use disorder. It will provide the current knowledge base for treatment duration for the three most commonly prescribed medications used in MAT focusing on XR-NTX (Vivitrol). A draft protocol for assessing treatment completion designed for the entire provider team including prescribers, individual and group counselors, coaches, and other team members will be presented. 

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Increasing Outreach to Pregnant Women and IV Drug Users

Presented By:
Rick Hankey

Event Date:06-22-2017

Event Description: This  two-hour best practice webinar addresses outreach efforts for pregnant women with substance use disorders, intravenous drug users and individuals meeting criteria for care coordination. To be effective, programs must successfully recruit, retain, and engage these individuals. Recruitment activities involve enrolling individuals in services and retention activities keep them coming back. This webinar  provides information on how agencies can identify issues or problems with recruitment and retention how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these critical processes in their own operation.  The presenter will share lessons learned along with practical advice on how to implement an effective recruitment and retention strategy.

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Developing Compliant Policies and Procedures for Pregnant and Parenting Women and Documenting SAPT Required Services

Presented By:
Jeffrey Cece, MS
Walescca Rivera, RN, BA
Shannon Robinson, RN, MSN

Event Date:06-20-2017

Event Description: This webinar will identify the SAPT block grant-required policies and procedures that specifically apply to pregnant and parenting women. Participants will learn how to create policies and procedures ensuring providers’ correct implementation of those requirements. Participants also will learn to efficiently document in clients’ files those SAPT block grant-required services. 

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VIVITROL 101: Everything You Need to Know

Presented By:
Kathy Goltry, M.S.W., Project Manager, VIVITROL Project
Darran Duchene, Data and Evaluation, VIVITROL Project

Event Date: 05-31-2017

Event Description: This webinar is a complete overview of the VIVITROL program managed by FADAA. Beginning with the application process and provider registration through requesting payment and submitting required data – all topics needed to participate in the program will be covered. Participants will be provided step-by-step guidance on the VIVITROL program including patient eligibility, program goals, clinical resources, and database issues. The differences in the DCF funded program and the OSCA program will be explained including provider and patient eligibility, reporting, and submitting payment requests. Upcoming additions to the provider portal will be explained. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and during the presentation.

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Increasing Treatment Completion Rates and Retaining Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders in Treatment

Presented By:
Karol Kaltenbach, PhD

Event Date: 05-30-2017

Event Description: This two-hour best practice webinar presents strategies for increasing treatment completion rates and retaining pregnant women with substance use disorders in treatment. Treatment retention is one of the most consistent predictors of positive treatment outcomes so it is critical that pregnant women engage and stay in treatment. This webinar will help participants identify factors that influence retention among women, such as socio-demographics including age, education, race/ethnicity, economics, and partner relationships; criminal justice and child protective services involvement; pregnancy; and co-occurring disorders. Research indicates that women benefit from a supportive, safe, and nurturing treatment environment that promotes a mutually respectful, empathic and compassionate therapeutic relationship. This webinar presents information about the collaborative treatment approach and priority treatment goals for pregnant women with substance use disorders for successful engagement and establishing a sense of trust.

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Everything You Need to Know about Background Screening and the Exemption Process

Presented By:
Diane Harris

Event Date: 04-18-2017

Event Description: The Florida Legislature has made substantive changes to Level 2 background screening requirements which include: 1) a clearinghouse for background screening and rescreening and 2) new crimes added to the list of disqualifying offenses. In this webinar, an overview of the current background screening process and how the law is applied, as changes to background screening in 2015. The process to apply for exemption from disqualification and understanding the exemption process will be discussed.

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LOCUS/CALOCUS

Presented By:
Robert Benacci

Event Date: 04-07-2017


Event Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the Level of Care Utilization System for Psychiatric and Addiction Services (LOCUS 2010) and the Child and Adolescent Level of Care Utilization System (CALOCUS 2010) that were developed by members of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This webinar will review the underlying philosophy and principles of those instruments. It also will highlight some of their differences. It will describe the level of care continuum, the Dimensions and criteria rating system, and the method to determine a level of care recommendation. In addition, it will discuss key concepts to use completing these instrument(s).

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Florida Substance Abuse Trends Update - Winter, 2017

Presented By:
James N. Hall

Event Date: 02-22-2017

Event Description: The goal of this Webinar is to review the most current trends within Florida’s 7 Managing Entity Regions and across the State. Underage drinking and tobacco use continues to decline and reflects significant progress of Florida’s prevention strategies. However, adolescent marijuana use has stabilized at high rates and now involves higher potency cannabis products as well as more intense methods of administration. Methamphetamine deaths are increasing as the drug appears to be more available in the Tampa area as well as the northern Panhandle and Orlando areas. Prescription opioid abuse has been the breeding ground for the growing number of heroin users in Florida and across the nation. Increased use of poisonous fentanyl analogues from clandestine labs as a substitute or adulterant for street heroin has escalated opiate deaths. Rising indicators of cocaine abuse is attributed to its use by opiate addicts and doubling of its production in Colombia. Changing patterns of synthetic cathinone stimulants including "Flakka" or "Mollys" and other Novel Psychoactive Substances are in part linked to a ban by China in late 2015.

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Bringing Your Motivational Interviewing Practices Up to Date

Presented By:
Denise Earnst

 

Event Date: 02-14-2017

Event Description: Motivational interviewing focuses on the present, and involves working with a client to access motivation to change a particular behavior that is not consistent with a client's personal value or goal. Motivational interviewing is conducted without judgment, confrontation and is not adversarial. The approach seeks to increase the client's awareness of the potential problems caused, consequences experienced, and risks faced as a result of the behavior in question. Alternatively, or in addition, therapists may help clients envision a better future, and become increasingly motivated to achieve it. The strategy seeks to help clients think differently about their behavior and ultimately to consider what might be gained through change.

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Sharing As Allowed Under HIPAA Requirements

Presented By:
Jacki Monson and Anna Watterson

Event Date: 02-07-2017

Event Description: Health information is private and should be protected. That is why there is a federal law that sets rules for health care providers and health insurance companies about who can look at and receive our health information. This law, called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), gives you rights over your health information, including the right to get a copy of your information, make sure it is correct, and know who has seen it.

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Interagency Community Collaboratives

Presented By:
Mordecai Dixon


Event Date: 01-19-2017

Event Description: Interagency community collaboration practices facilitate involvement of between community organizations and agencies. They should include interagency agreements that articulate roles, responsibilities, communications, and other strategies to foster collaboration and enhance positive outcomes. This collaboration can occur on multiple levels, from frontline collaboration among caseworkers, families, mental health providers, teachers, and others, to collaborative relationships between policy-makers and administrators responsible for addressing organizational mandates, financing, and management.

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Multidimensional Family Therapy

Presented By:
Gayle Dakof


Event Date: 01-10-2017

Event Description: Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) improves adolescents’ and their families’ lives by intervening in four connected areas: the adolescent, the parents, the family, and the community. Just as problems overlap, MDFT uses changes in each of these areas to stimulate changes in all the others. Sessions can be conducted from one to several times per week over the course of three to six months in the home or counseling office. NREPP, a system of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, gave MDFT an evidence-quality rating of 3.8 out of 4 for recovery from substance use, and 3.6 out of 4 for delinquency. The overall rating for readiness for dissemination (e.g., quality of implementation materials and support) was 3.6. MDFT was also one of just five interventions chosen for NREPP's Comparative Effectiveness Research Series, as well as the only adolescent intervention chosen. The Comparative Effectiveness Series promotes the adoption of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been evaluated positively by NREPP.

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Measuring the Impact of Environmental Strategies in Prevention

Presented By:
Jeremy T. Goldbach, Ph.D, MSW

Event Date: 12-09-2016

Event Description: This webinar is intended to introduce participants to environmental strategies, and the use of community based prevention approaches, to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The webinar will provide participants with an overview of environmental strategies, with a focus on evaluation processes. Participants will be invited to an interactive discussion on the use of environmental approaches in their community to identify challenges and potential solutions.

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Evidenced-Based Practice, Moral Reconation Therapy

Presented By:
Dr. Kenneth Robinson

Event Date: 12-08-2016

Event Description: Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), an NREPP program, is the premiere cognitive-behavioral program for substance abuse treatment and offender populations. Developed in 1985 by Dr. Kenneth Robinson, and Dr. Gregory Little, nearly 200 published outcome studies have documented that MRT-treated offenders show significantly lower recidivism for periods as long as 20 years after treatment.

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Best Practices for Peer Mentors Conducting an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fidelity Site Visit

 

Presented By:
Angie Maldonado

Event Date: 12-07-2016

Event Description: Peer Mentors are part of a team of individuals who work closely with substance abuse treatment and prevention agencies, mental health agencies, and managing entities to guide them to build capacity to implement continuous quality improvement strategies including implementing evidence-based practice tools with fidelity. In this web meeting, participants will: review the SAPT Block Grant requirements; discuss how to solicit information using motivational interviewing techniques; identify best practices for conducting EBP fidelity site visits; and participate in case studies.

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Care Coordination and Transitions in Behavioral Health

Presented By:
Kathryn Davidson

Event Date: 12-02-2016

Event Description: More than 50% of Medicaid spending is on approximately 5% of beneficiaries, particularly those with serious physical and behavioral health needs. This webinar will outline national and state level policy and reimbursement models to improve transitions of care to decrease hospital re-admission rates for people with behavioral health disorders. Additionally, participants will learn about evidence-based care transitions and care coordination models and how they may apply these concepts to their organizational practice.

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LGBT Treatment Issues

Presented By:
Barabara E. Warren, Psy.D.

Event Date: 11-22-2016

Event Description: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals still face discrimination and prejudice in society. Professionals are called to affirm clients’ ability to integrate their sexual orientation and gender identity in healthy ways into their personal recovery, as well as support LGBT-inclusivity in the larger community. This webinar provides information and strategies designed to promote the provision of culturally competent and appropriate addiction treatment to LBGT individuals. It will review knowledge, skills and best practices that have been identified as being effective in providing LGBT affirmative services. It also will be an opportunity for participants to e-discuss case studies.

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What Using the ASAM Criteria Really Means: Skill-Building and Systems Change

Presented By:
David Mee-Lee

Event Date: 11-21-2016

Event Description: The third edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s criteria was released October, 2013: “The ASAM Criteria – Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions.” This webinar will review the underlying concepts and the six dimensions and multiple levels of care of The ASAM Criteria. The focus will be on improving clinical and systems application of The ASAM Criteria. The webinar will explain what using The ASAM Criteria really means; and increase understanding in applying the ASAM Criteria multidimensional assessment in individualized treatment. To truly implement the spirit and content of the Criteria, systems changes are needed and will be discussed.

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Selecting and Implementing EBPs Effectively

Presented By:
Rosa West, PhD

Event Date: 10-12-2016

Event Description: An evidence-based practice (EBP) is a practice that has been validated and supported by scientific evidence. The intent is that service delivery is based on new advances in research and science ensuring that the services being provided are the most appropriate for the individual and are the best possible from the perspective of effectiveness. The use of “evidence based” as a standard of practice in health care, behavioral healthcare, social work and corrections programs has gained recognition since the mid-1980s. The goal of this movement is to invest in what works in an effort to demonstrate more positive outcomes and more efficient utilization of limited community resources. This webinar is designed to help agencies and clinicians to choose EBPs that are most suitable for meeting their clients’ treatment and prevention needs. The webinar also is designed to assist agencies and clinicians in effectively implementing their EBPs.

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First Impressions are Lasting Impressions: How You Contribute to the Success of Agency Services

Presented By:
Amy Mcllvaine

Event Date: 06-23-2016

Event Description: This webinar will highlight the importance of your agencies first point of contact. As the first point of contact, you will field the client or potential client questions: answering the phone, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance, giving directions; problem solving, etc. This is the “Golden Opportunity” to build rapport with the client or potential client if handled correctly. Your tone, knowledge, and genuine concern for the client, play a vital role when interacting with the client. Additionally, being trained to handle most clients’ issues streamlines the process for both the client and the agency. Learn strategies to polish your image, engage customers and increase the success of your agency.

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Thriving in an Era of Change

Presented By:
Ijeoma Achara, PsyD

Event Date: 06-23-2016

Event Description: This is a critical time in our field. Behavioral health providers are navigating changing reimbursements structures, increased data demands, and new healthcare models that increasingly emphasize things like service and community integration, person-centered approaches, care coordination and improved outcomes. From the provider perspective, many of these changes are occurring in the context of what seem to be shrinking resources making concerns about sustainability paramount for many. While the current healthcare environment seems to present numerous challenges, it also offers amazing opportunities to re-orient your service delivery approach, to become more innovative, resourceful, and effective. Key to addressing the current challenges is expanding our approaches beyond traditional medical models which revolve around biopsychosocial stabilization, to using recovery-oriented, evidence informed practices that help people to sustain their wellness in the context of their communities. Equipped with the right information, resources and skills, treatment providers can position themselves to thrive. This webinar will introduce the concepts of recovery-oriented services to support providers in improving outcomes, enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

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Effective Counseling for Treatment and Recovery in Medication-Assisted Treatment

Presented By:
David R. Gastfriend, M.D.

Event Date: 06-21-2016

Event Description: This webinar is designed to help clinical staff learn effective counseling, engagement, and management techniques for working with patients who are receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT). As an accepted evidence-based practice, MAT is now the standard of care for individuals with alcohol or opioid substance use disorders. The webinar will include guidance on identifying patients who are ready to commit to recovery, selection of appropriate medication protocol, patient engagement, team coaching and coordination, withdrawal management and induction, dosing, co-occurring disorders management, drug-drug interactions, persistence management, managed care interactions, and termination of medication. There will be focus on counseling patients using extended-release injectable naltrexone (VIVITROL®) enrolled in the FADAA/OSCA VIVITROL program. Participants should be prepared with at least one case involving MAT for discussion and analysis. There will be sufficient time for questions and answers.

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Micro-Connecting: Effective Outreach & Engagement Strategies with Persons Seeking Recovery

Presented By:
Mark Sanders

Event Date: 06-14-2016

Event Description: In this workshop participants will learn skills which will enable them to more effectively engage persons seeking recovery in addictions counseling. Special emphasis will be placed upon effective outreach services for pregnant and parenting women, IV drug users, persons living with HIV and adolescents. A partial list of topics includes; engaging persons seeking recovery during outreach efforts within the first ten minutes of contact; facilitating engagement by viewing the entire community as the treatment center; stage based intervention strategies; strength based approaches to outreach and engagement; instillation of hope; overcoming resistance during outreach efforts. 

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