The Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project (ESSUP) is a collaborative gathering of public and private sector community partners with a goal of reducing the harmful effects of substance use. We seek to enhance prevention, treatment and harm reduction services and to reduce stigma.
A collaborative and cohesive community group that promotes understanding of substance use as a disease and improving treatment and harm reduction access and strategies.
Promote health and dignity for all.
El Proyecto de Uso de Sustancias de la Sierra Oriental (ESSUP) es una reunión colaborativa de socios comunitarios del sector público y privado con el objetivo de reducir los efectos nocivos del uso de sustancias. Buscamos mejorar los servicios de prevención, tratamiento y reducción de daños y reducir el estigma.
Nuestra visión es que nuestra comunidad promueve la comprensión del uso de sustancias como una enfermedad y mejora el acceso y las estrategias de tratamiento y reducción de daños.
Promover la salud y la dignidad para todos.
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Mono County 2022 Harm Reduction events:
July 22nd– Walker Event Community Center
*More events throughout Mono County to come, stay tuned for details
News Releases and new articles
How can ESSUP support your training needs??
Do you want to attend a conference or a training but are unable to afford it? ESSUP can help with the funds to support substance use educational needs. Email Jacinda to discuss further.
June 1, 2022, 10am-11:30am
Rescheduled for July 6, 10am
Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project virtual 2021 conference
9-10am Opening remarks from Robin Roberts, Narcan Distribution in Mono County (Jacinda)
10-11am Serving People who Use Fentanyl: Kristen Marshall
What to know about fentanyl and people who use it.
11-12pm Hooked: Surviving Tobacco & Nicotine use: John Phillip Dietsch Hire
John will reflect on the socio-economic conditions of addiction, shed light on the role that nicotine and tobacco use play as a form of structural violence, promote civic engagement and self-reliance to fight addiction.
12-1pm Greif and substance use: Brooke Briggance
Closing remarks- Jacinda
**Still want a ESSUP conference bag? Email Jacinda (email@example.com)
September 9, 2021
July 7, 2021
Recording of meeting:
May 19, 2021
NOVEMBER 4, 2020
April 7, 2021
October 23, 2019
October 6, 2020
MARCH 3, 2021
April 6, 2022
January 22, 2020
Substance Use Task Force Member Survey
JANUARY 6, 2021
February 2, 2022
Check out these podcasts!
Render: The Harm Reduction Podcast (Spotify)
Created by the NASTAD/JSI Strengthening Systems of Care Project
New episode titled “Safe Consumption Sites: Reducing Fatal Overdoses and Increasing Linkage of Care.” The Connecting Care podcast is a discussion-based podcast, in which Dr. Alex Walley at Boston Medical Center and colleagues share their experiences providing integrated HIV and Opioid Use services through patient case studies. Please see below for information on the most recent podcast episode on safe consumption spaces.
Gen Green by Young Adults Fighting Tobacco
Check out episode: The New Menthol: Vaping & Covid-19
Gen Green crew goes over new, crucial research on the connection between vaping and contracting Covid-19 - dissecting the medical realities of smoking and vaping in an accessible manner. Further through the episode, our co-hosts dive into aspects of youth psychology, dank memes, and substance abuse. For the long-term activists, health advocates from the health field, and younger listeners: we are indebted to your efforts and support that you have provided to this program. You are all profoundly appreciated.
Undoing Drugs: The untold story of harm reduction and the future of addiction
by Maia Szalavitz
Dopamine Nation: Finding balance in the age of indulgence
by Dr. Anna Lembke
Upcoming Live Trainings and outreach events
Funding Available for Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification:
Are you or someone you work with interested in formal training to support tobacco cessation among the populations you serve?
The Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program consists of an interactive, 4-day training experience focused on providing the necessary knowledge, clinical skills, and evidence-based treatment strategies to effectively treat tobacco dependence. Enrollment from any profession or organization is encouraged!
At this time the only course offerings are virtual. The next training will be held May 9-12th 2022.The time commitment is 3 days: 8:00a–5:00p (lunch 12p-1p)
1 day of exams/practicum lasting a total of 3 hours, scheduled during 8:00a–3:00p
For more information, and an in depth look at the learning objectives and curriculum, please view the program guide.
Through June 2025, Mono Tobacco Education Program is able to sponsor certification for those working in Inyo or Mono Counties. If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-924-1820
Buprenorphine Starts for Fentanyl Use
February 3rd, 11 AM
Facts vs Fear: As fentanyl spreads in many communities, buprenorphine is still an effective tool for treating patients, with just a few clinical adjustments. Register here
Hep C Basics: Hep C Patient Navigation, Tuesday, Feb 15, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET, RSVP: bit.ly/HepCFeb15
This 3 hour training is designed to provide patient navigators, caseworkers, test counselors and other prevention counselors, with a basic overview of Hepatitis C (Hep C), its impact in NYC, as well as an introduction to successful patient navigation strategies used by current Hep C patient navigation programs. This training provides an overview of NASTAD’s Hepatitis C Community Navigation Toolkit and describes how the toolkit can be practically applied to implement and strengthen hepatitis navigation programs.
DOPE February 2022 Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Administration Training — Learn more about why people use drugs, how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond to an overdose, including tips on aftercare with The DOPE Project on February 17, 2022 at 10 AM PST. Register here.
Hep C Medical Care & Treatment Update: Part 2, Thursday, Feb 24, 1-4 PM ET. RSVP: bit.ly/HepCFeb24
Join us for the second of the two-part series to review the latest advances in treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) and increase awareness of HCV peer workers about the overall medical care needs of people living with HCV.
Engaging Special Populations Part II, Racial Disparities
February 24th, 11 AM
Learn strategies to increase MAT access and close the equity gap for Black, Indigenous and People of Color and special populations including homeless and undocumented migrant workers. Register here
Transforming Trauma: Workshop and Healing Space for Public Health
“Self-Care is based on the premise that the problem is within you and not a response to a world that creates these conditions.” Phillip Agnew, Healing Justice Podcast
The COVID-19 pandemic is a collective, ongoing trauma impacting our communities, families, and, in a specific and complex way, the public health field and our work as people committed to health justice. Public Health Awakened is offering a workshop and healing space for our community to explore the ways that working with and experiencing trauma changes us, and how we view each other, our work, and the world.
Thursdays February 17th & 24th
3-5pm PT / 4-6pm MT / 5-7pm CT / 6-8pm ET
*These two training sessions are to support youth serving organizations, teachers, principals and any staff that work with the youth.
1) Orientation to Trauma-Informed Care/Schools: Creating a Compassionate Culture and A Resilient Community
Through this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of what trauma is, what causes it, and what can be done to prevent it and/or reverse its effects through an understanding of a trauma-informed approach. Participants will learn the importance of self-care and resilience and leave with some practical and easily applicable tools to use at home, at school, or at work. In this training, we will:
- Define trauma and understand its prevalence
- Describe the impact of toxic or chronic stress
- Understand the basic concepts of Trauma-Informed Care
- Consider ways to support resilience
February 24, 2022 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
**Please register in advance for this training**
2) Compassion Without Fatigue: Mindfulness, Boundaries, and the Practice of Intentionality
Does your work entail significant or ongoing stress? Have you ever found yourself feeling completely exhausted as a caregiver or traumatized by another’s pain? We invite you to join us for a practical, interactive, best practice training to support your own resilience.
Participants will gain a conceptual framework for:
- The differences between secondary trauma, moral injury, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
- Ways we develop secondary trauma, moral injury, compassion fatigue, and burnout
- How to recover the relationship between mindfulness, boundaries, empathy, and resilience
March 23, 2022 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM Pacific Time
**Please register in advance for this training**
This virtual learning collaborative (LC) will focus on challenges and solutions specific to rural health providers to support improvement in health equity and reduction in health disparities. This interactive collaborative will include four (4) virtual, 60-minute learning sessions and additional brief readings and/or reflections between sessions to support understanding of disparities and strategies to address them.
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Recorded or On-Demand Trainings
Watch the recording from a training from NASTAD and partners which discusses how changes to the U.S. drug supply during the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting the health and safety of users, and the programmatic responses by harm reduction and public health organizations. Watch Recording
National Harm Reduction
Don’t miss the recording of last week’s panel, facilitated by National Harm Reduction Coalition medical director Dr. Kim Sue, discussing Maia Szalavitz’s new book, Undoing Drugs, and exploring the past, present, and future of harm reduction Panelists include Monique Tula, Sessi Blanchard, and Maia Szalavitz. Watch the recording here.
A free policy and advocacy community engagement toolkit (self paced online curriculum)
National Harm Reduction Coalition facilitates trainings around the country. We open our virtual doors to individuals and teams seeking training on important evidence-based harm reduction strategies.
NEWLY ADDED VIDEOS!
Making it possible for people who use drugs to get addiction treatment at any hospital- wherever and whenever they need it
Meet the Partner: Saving Lives by Understanding the Role of Pediatricians in Treating Adolescent Substance Use
California perinatal opioid use disorder and mental health screening training
Part 1: Register to watch the recorded webinar that the National Harm Reduction Coalition.
Part 2: Register to watch recorded webinar
Don’t miss this panel of harm reduction programs discussing access for their participants that want the vaccine and support those that are not ready or do not want the vaccine using a harm reduction approach.
LOCAL: Eastern Sierra Substance Use Conference (virtual)
This was an all-day event on December 2, 2020 with 6 speakers, 2 panel sessions (community and professional/community discussion). Topics ranging from MAT, harm reduction, stigma, perinatal substance use, hepatitis and so much more. Event was recorded, see recording link below.
(FYI: 1 hr break for lunch in middle)
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) hosted an 11-week webinar series with the goal of consolidating learning from the quick transition to behavioral telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinars teach practical skills to support improvement of behavioral telehealth and are tailored to mental health and substance use disorder providers as well as their supervisors.
This three-part presentation is designed to help you learn Motivational Interviewing and how to apply it in your practice. It discusses the core principles of Motivational Interviewing and provides case studies for practice.
Psychological First Aid course offered by John Hopkins University:
*Note – the course is free unless you want a certificate ($49 for certificate)
Implicit Bias Training: UCLA Implicit training resource site. Take an implicit bias test, review recorded implicit bias training videos and other implicit bias training resources.
General training to review Naloxone, harm reduction measures and information about accessing services. This training is required for staff distributing Naloxone to community members through the Mono County Naloxone Distribution Program.
One of many talks at the Agents of Change Summit 2020
Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction, from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power -- nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: "Find your nature and be nice to yourself.
Online curriculums/CEU opportunities
Specific to Providers/Nurses/first responders:
Archived Online Trainings and Resources
ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
ACE's Aware : The ACEs Aware initiative offers Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs. The two-hour online curriculum is easy to access for a wide range of health care professionals and will provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits.
Cannabis among youth: awareness and prevention- video recorded training (1hr 30min)
PRINCIPLES OF HARM REDUCTION: Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs
ADDICTION FREE CA: This website serves as a separate yet complementary resource to the DHCS MAT Expansion Website and provides resources and information related to the four MAT Expansion Project initiatives operated by Health Management Associates.
Applying CDC’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids: Module 5: Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) (Free on demand training with CEUs)
This guide provides rural health care leaders and teams with foundational knowledge, strategies, and resources to understand the impact of social determinants of health on patients and communities and to recognize local needs and opportunities for action.
Visit Mono County Tobacco Education Program website for cessation resources/trainings and Mono County Prevention Coalition website for meeting information and trainings.
Spirituality/Faith based harm reduction
The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction