CADTP Fall Conference
October 9-10, 2019
Murieta Inn & Spa
Rancho Murieta, California
Sam Beasley, Prevention Education Program
Jennifer Strother, OHS-MHN San Marcos
Michealine Flower, DUI MAT Program Liaision
CADTP Executive Assistant
Victor Salinas, Terry Kerns, and Tino Murguia
Kingsview Coummunity Services
CADTP Board Member
Tracy Langlands, DHCS and Julie Shaw, DHCS
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Data, best practices, and engagement were the topics of the hour.
The purpose of the DUI MAT Roundtable was to share successes, challenges, and best practices. Barbara Aday-Garcia, executive director of CADTP, opened the session with the vision of DUI MAT partners being pioneers in the DUI Treatment Program Industry. “We are the first DUI Programs to do this. Let’s make sure that as we go through this project, we think of the end game: clean data and exceptional best practices.
The data is going to give us the information we are seeking – Is there an unmet need in the DUI program population? Best practices will determine the strategies and processes that support success for our clients and project stakeholders.”
Kelly Cowger, DHCS and DUI MAT leader, talked about the importance of data from another angle – funding. She said that the data is critical because it tells the story for the State. When there are additional funding opportunities, we can combine data with ideas to create new initiatives. When you enter your data into the system, make sure you that know it’s accurate as it will ultimately be shared with a wide audience.
Cowger then commended everyone for getting the project up and running, saying, “The fact that you made it all work so quickly, and that we’re already getting some success and then documenting – that is great! When the next opportunity comes around, we will be ready.”
DUI MAT partners shared some of their successes, challenges, and best practices.
Some programs found that while it’s good to present the information at intake, there’s often more engagement in face-to-face sessions. Linda Eviston, STEPS Kern County, says they learned that clients initially downplay their drug use, but later on, they become more open and honest. The consensus of the group is to present the information at intake and plant a seed. Then follow up in individual and group sessions.
Gail Donner, SDSU Research Foundation San Diego, reported that in their initial launch, they didn’t get much response; however, when they did another push, they got more prescreens and five people enrolled in the program.
John Durham, Bridges Sacramento, said that they found just the right place in their Prime for Life program to reintroduce DUI MAT – a point in the curriculum where people are most likely to ask for help. Strategies like this will boost awareness and help to integrate the program into the organization.
Counselor education is also key to success. Help the counselors to engage in the project. Talk with those who may not agree with MAT and provide additional education and stories of success. Get your counselors and staff involved by working together to develop an ongoing plan for awareness and education.
Make sure every counselor in your facility has a DUI MAT Toolkit for Counselors. Michealine Flower, DUI MAT Program Liaison, cautioned that “We have to make sure we are using the right language to describe what we are doing.” Talk about it in your staff meetings and hold regular training sessions.
All programs have reached out to the Hubs, Spokes, and providers in their Counties, making some reliable connections. Don’t forget to include a pain management referral in your list of treatment providers. MAT centers don’t generally address this. Pain management specialists have additional resources for dealing with pain. Make sure you have a contact and have reached out to each treatment referral on your list.
Aday-Garcia ended the session, “What we are doing here is integration. We need to get out there and make connections. Visit your Hubs and Spokes. There’s a real advantage there. Thank you for attending. We appreciate all that you do!”