Gov. Holcomb announces expanded peer recovery options for Hoosiers with mental health issues and substance use disorders

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced a partnership between the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and Mental Health America of Indiana to expand access to trained peer support recovery professionals through the Indiana Recovery Network. Learn more »

Clark County's needle exchange program receives extension

Since 2018, Clark County’s syringe exchange program has saved millions of dollars in estimated medical costs through early treatment of diseases while also helping drug users safely dispose of needles, Dr. Eric Yazel said Thursday. Learn more »

Mental Health America of Indiana is pleased to announce the official launch of the Mental Health America of Indiana Stanley W DeKemper Training Institute.

The Mental Health America of Indiana Stanley W. DeKemper Training Institute is your one-stop location for behavioral health education. The course catalog is robust and offers multiple options for attendance to gain education, credentials and continuing education necessary to succeed in behavioral health! Learn more »

Indiana's ONLY Peer Recovery Supervisor credential!

The Certified Supervisor of Peer Recovery credential verifies you have what it takes to supervise peers. ICAADA has created Indiana's first, and only, peer recovery supervisor credential based upon recommendations from a state-level peer infrastructure advisory board. This credential offers two levels: Certified Supervisor of Peer Recovery - Peer Recovery (CSPR-PR), and Certified Supervisor of Peer Recovery - Clinical (CSPR-CL) Learn more »

Indiana launches Be Well Crisis Helpline to support Hoosiers during COVID-19 pandemic and recovery

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today announced the launch of the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7. Learn more »

In Shadow of Pandemic, U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Resurge to Record

Drug deaths in America, which fell for the first time in 25 years in 2018, rose to record numbers in 2019 and are continuing to climb, a resurgence that is being complicated and perhaps worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more »

Recovery community centers: Is participation in these newer recovery support services associated with well-being? - Recovery Research Institute

Recovery Community Centers are a new type of organization which provide a range of services centered on the belief that people with addiction histories need access to resources beyond clinical stabilization, such as linkages to social recovery supports, housing, employment, and educational resources. This study provides a first look at the relationships between Recovery Community Center participation, members’ recovery resources ("recovery capital"), and their overall well-being. Learn more »

A tale of two epidemics: When COVID-19 and opioid addiction collide

POSTED APRIL 20, 2020, 2:30 PM
Peter Grinspoon, MDPeter Grinspoon, MD, Contributor
I am a primary care doctor who has recovered from — and who treats — opiate addiction. I work in an inner-city primary care clinic in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 in the state, due, in part, to poverty. These two experiences offer me a clear view of how these two epidemics — COVID-19 and opioid addiction — can impact and worsen each other. Two great epidemics of our generation are intersecting in ways that are additively deadly, and which highlight the urgent ways we must respond to some of the underlying fault lines in our society that are worsening both crises. Learn more »

You're invited to Be Well Indiana!

The Be Well Indiana initiative is currently focused primarily on resources to help Hoosiers manage their mental health throughout the COVID-19 crisis, including links to trusted news sources, tips for staying healthy and safe at home, access to addiction recovery support and more. As the pandemic situation changes, Be Well Indiana will adapt and shift focus to address the most compelling mental health issues at the time. Learn more »

Copays no longer required for tobacco cessation drugs

Effective retroactively for dates of services (DOS) on or after February 1, 2020, the Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) no longer requires copayments for tobacco cessation drugs. Providers should not collect copayments for these drugs. For copayments already collected for DOS on or after February 1, 2020, the member can pursue a refund from the pharmacy provider. Learn more »

ONDCP Reaffirms Treatment of SUD is an Essential Medical Service

The treatment of SUD is an essential medical service, and PPE ordered and requested by facilities treating SUD is for a legitimate need and purpose. Learn more »

Thousands of Hoosiers struggle with addiction during pandemic, but there's hope

Since Indiana is under a statewide stay-at-home order, George says, some 500 in-person 12-step meetings a week have stopped in greater Indianapolis. Now, many faith-based groups and independent organizations serving people in addiction recovery have to depend on virtual help. There are now daily virtual recovery gatherings for Hoosiers in need. Learn more »

IAPRSS: Valuable Resource for Peer Recovery Supports

IAPRSS provides access and structure to the ever-growing continuing education of peer recovery support professionals. These benefits are open to all peer recovery supports. More »