Kicking the Stigma

Join us May 3-6 as we kick off national Mental Health Awareness Month with a four-day virtual fundraiser to support "Kicking The Stigma", an Irsay family initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders and to remove the shame and stigma too often associated with these illnesses. Funds raised will go towards a new Kicking The Stigma Action Fund, which will support expanded programming by Mental Health America Indiana, NAMI Greater Indianapolis, Project Healthy Minds and Bring Change to Mind. The fund also will provide grants to other Indiana-based nonprofits working in education, support and advocacy of mental health. Learn more »

Federal Grantees May Now Use Funds to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS) in an effort to help curb the dramatic spike in drug overdose deaths largely driven by the use of strong synthetic opioids, including illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Learn more »

The Biden-Harris Administration's Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One

President Biden has made clear that addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic is an urgent priority for his administration. In March, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan, which appropriated nearly $4 billion to enable the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to vital behavioral health services. President Biden has also said that people should not be incarcerated for drug use but should be offered treatment instead. The President has also emphasized the need to eradicate racial, gender, and economic inequities that currently exist in the criminal justice system. Learn more »

Initial evaluation of a peer recovery coach program in a large hospital system

In this initial evaluation of a peer recovery coach program in a large hospital system, researchers compared how individuals fared clinically in the 6 months before and after meeting with a recovery coach. Learn more »

IU study finds unintended consequences of state, opioid policies

A recent study from Indiana University found the policies may have had the unintended consequence of motivating those with opioid use disorders to switch to alternative illicit substances, leading to higher overdose mortality. Learn more »

Camp Mariposa – Aaron's Place

On February 25th, we stood at Jameson Camp and introduced it as the home of our new program, Camp Mariposa – Aaron’s Place. Part of the Eluna Network, Camp Mariposa – Aaron’s Place is a year-round weekend camp program free of charge, for children ages 9-12 who are affected by the substance use disorder of a family member. Learn more »

Bupropion and Naltrexone in Methamphetamine Use Disorder

Among adults with methamphetamine use disorder, the response over a period of 12 weeks among participants who received extended-release injectable naltrexone plus oral extended-release bupropion was low but was higher than that among participants who received placebo. Learn more »

Trauma-informed, Recovery-oriented Systems of Care (State of Indiana)

The TI-ROSC Toolkit, supported by the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration and piloted in 14 Indiana counties, is a field-informed resource developed by the National Council’s foremost experts in shaping recovery-oriented and trauma-informed approaches. Learn more »

State, Indiana nonprofit partner to fight opioid crisis with 'NaloxBoxes'

In a news release, Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction said the state is joining with Overdose Lifeline to purchase 24/7-access "NaloxBox" units. 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 »