NAADAC's Director of Professional Development, Paula Horvatich, attended and presented at the 2016 SAMHSA National Block Grant Conference, Building and Sustaining State Behavioral Healthcare Systems, that took pace in Arlington, Virginia, from August 9, 2016, through August 11, 2016.
The National Block Grant Conference, which is hosted by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), aims to disseminate and promote advances in the design and delivery of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support services and systems for individuals, families, and communities affected by mental and substance use disorders.
Dr. Horvatich's presentation discussed the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program and addiction counseling in general.
The conference featured a mix of interactive workshops that will allow for in-depth discussion of critical issues and practices in the field from a range of perspectives. The conference also provided participants the most up-to-date program guidance and information. Participants learned about new developments in behavioral health and the latest evidence-based practices. In addition, participants had the opportunity to discuss the impact and implementation of national policies, share best practices and lessons learned, and engage in peer-to-peer information sharing to improve states’, territories’, and jurisdictions’ compliance with MHBG and SABG program requirements.