The Danya Institute Inc. Changing communities through change in practice Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lynchburg Rally4Recovery 2014 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:17 +0000 Come have food, fellowship and join faces of recovery in our community!
Don’t miss William Cope Moyers October 16!
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William Cope Moyers is coming to Lynchburg on Thursday, October 16, 2014! Read all about it!

Please join us for dinner and a presentation with
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William C. Moyers is the Vice President for Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He is committed to eliminating barriers to recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

From “carrying the message” about addiction, treatment and recovery, to public policy and philanthropy, Moyers brings a wealth of professional expertise and an intimate personal understanding to communities across the nation. He uses his own experiences to highlight the power of addiction and the power of recovery.

Moyers is the author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption (2006), a memoir that became a New York Times best-seller and is now in its third printing. His most recent book, Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery was published in 2012. William has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah Winfrey and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. As a former journalist for CNN, his work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek magazine. William also produces a nationally syndicated column on addiction-related issues for Creators Syndicate.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.
James River Conference Center
400 Court Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

Hurry, this event will sell out quickly!
Tickets $40 each, or save and buy a table (10 seats) for $375!
Get tickets on our website: or
make your check to Roads to Recovery and send to
2600 Memorial Ave., Suite 107, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Call us with any questions: 434.455.0053

Brought to you by ROADS TO RECOVERY

Roads to Recovery is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The tax deductible portion of each ticket is $25. Please consider donating an extra ticket so a person in early recovery may attend this event

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Building Bridges IV: An Institute on Building Culturally Sensitive Collaboration Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:17:29 +0000 When
Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:30 AM  –  4:30 PM

St. James Church
1133 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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Business Attire

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Registration Deadline
Monday, October 13, 2014


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Training Opportunity in Western Pennsylvania Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:02:05 +0000 Learn more and register at:

WPIC Regional Training Series

WPIC’s regional outreach programs offer a series of educational seminars designed to reach mental health professionals in the Western Pennsylvania area. Programs include the latest developments in psychiatry and psychology. These seminars combine lectures, interactive workshops, panel discussions, case study presentations, and audience question and answer sessions. WPIC also provides a variety of continuing education accreditations for mental health, drug and alcohol, and other health care professionals who attend these courses. Please note ─ there is a tuition charge for these programs.y

Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency–MIA: STEP (PX02), October 2 & 3, 2014, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Allison Park, PA, 15101. Click here for program description: (MS Word; PDF). For more information, please contact Jennifer Lichok at

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DC and Maryland Regulations Regarding the ACA-mandated Tobacco Coverage Services Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:02:26 +0000 District of Columbia

  1.  Coverage for 2014 fiscal year not yet determined. DC Medical Assistance program coverage varies widely by plan. Quantity limits for medication coverage. Coverage information for the Medicaid expansion population is still to be determined.
Health Insurance Marketplace. All plans are required to cover tobacco cessation treatment. Specific coverage varies by plan.
State Employee Health Plan. Coverage for 2014 fiscal year not yet determined. Coverage for DC employees varies by health plan. All plans cover individual counseling; some cover group counseling.
Private Insurance. This state does not mandate cessation coverage for private insurance plans. Coverage varies by employer and/or plan.
  1.  Contact Information: 1-800-QUIT-NOW;

Hours: 24 hours Monday-Sunday Counseling dependent on age, readiness to quit, pregnancy status, and consent to be called back. NRT patch and lozenge available for those over the age of 18.

In 2011, The DC City Council established the DC Health Benefit Exchange, and later in 2013, announced it marketplace: DC Health Link. Under the DC Health Link program, all private health plans must provide a variety of essential health benefits, the following of which pertain to tobacco cessation services: doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, preventive services and tests, rehabilitative services, chronic disease management, mental health care, and substance use disorder services. The 4 major insurance companies participating in DC Health Link, Aetna, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente, and United HealthCare, offer over 260 small group plans and over 30 individual and family plans. The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority board bans the tobacco surcharge, requiring all insurers to sell coverage to tobacco users at the same rates as non-users.[i] More information about the DC Health Benefit Exchange can be found at, and information on DC Health Link can be found at



  1.  Coverage for medications varies by plan. All plans cover NRT patches and Bupropion. Co-payments may apply. Group and individual counseling covered by some plans. Coverage information for the Medicaid expansion population is still to be determined.
Health Insurance Marketplace. All plans are required to cover tobacco cessation treatment. Specific coverage varies by plan.
State Employee Health Plan. State employees receive individual, phone, and online counseling, and Varenicline and Bupropion. Other medications may be purchased through pre-tax, health care flexible spending account funds. Co-payments may apply. Various limitations per plan.
Private Insurance. All health plans that cover Rx drugs required to cover two 90-day courses of prescription NRTs per year. Coverage of OTC NRTs not required.
  1.  Contact Information: 1-800-QUIT-NOW;

Hours: 24 hours Sunday Counseling available for those age 13 or older via phone counseling. Must be 18+ for text and web-based support. NRT gum and patch available for those 18 or older, while supplies last, and meet basic health requirements.

  The Maryland Health Connection is the state’s health insurance marketplace that opened on October 1, 2013 for individual consumers, and on April 1, 2014 for small businesses. So far, 163,856 Maryland residents have created accounts and signed up on the Maryland Health Connection website, as reported on February 15, 2014.[ii] The marketplace hopes to make healthcare coverage accessible to all Maryland residents, and particularly reach the approximately 800,000 (14%) Maryland  residents who previously did not health coverage. As of February 18, 2014, an additional 60,672 Marylanders are newly enrolled in Medicaid.[iii]The marketplace features a variety of health plans offered by four insurance companies and seven Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) for Medicaid. Consumers can shop and compare plans at In addition, 95,889 persons enrolled under the Maryland Primary Adult Care Program (PAC), which provides pharmacy and basic health coverage for persons who are not Medicare beneficiaries and are not eligible for full Medicaid benefits, have been automatically switched over to receive full Medicaid benefits via the marketplace since January 1, 2014.[iv] All plans are required to provide some degree of coverage for medical services including, but not limited to: doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, medical tests, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, etc. All plans must cover preventive care at no extra cost to the consumer, which includes screenings for cancer. However, the state of Maryland does support the tobacco surcharge, allowing insurers through MD Health Connection to charge up to 50% more on premiums for their tobacco using clients.[v] Only state employees are exempt from the tobacco surcharge, as reported by the American Lung Association.[vi] More information about Maryland Health Connection can be found at

[i] Bell, A. (2013). D.C. Exchange bars tobacco surcharge. LifeHealthPro. Retrieved from [ii] Maryland Health Connection. (2013). Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, MHC033111913. Retrieved [iii] Maryland Health Connection. (2013). Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, MHC033111913. Retrieved [iv] Maryland Health Connection. (2013). Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, MHC033111913. Retrieved [v] Gordon, C. (2013). Surcharge could boost smokers’ insurance premiums 50 percent. NBC News – Washington, DC. Retrieved from [vi] American Lung Association. (2013). State Tobacco Cessation Coverage. American Lung Association. Retrieved from

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Co-Occurring Training at the DC Department of Behavioral Health Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:00:17 +0000 The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)* conducted a free three-hour training entitled Introduction to Co-Occurring Disorder, Treatment Implications & DBH Services which this reviewer attended on October 17th, 2013. Although open to the general public, the majority of attendees were employees of DBH who needed to earn continuing education credits. The presenter, Angele Moss-Baker, MA, LPC, an accomplished facilitator and trainer, provided much useful knowledge about how drugs and mental illness can interact and mimic each other. She reminded us that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines co-occuring disorders as:

Individuals who have at least one mental disorder as well as an alcohol or drug use disorder. While these disorders may interact differently in any one person (e.g., an episode of depression may trigger a relapse into alcohol abuse, or cocaine use may exacerbate schizophrenic symptoms), at least one disorder of each type can be diagnosed independently of the other.

Moss-Baker noted that learning how to better address the needs of those with co-occurring disorders should be of primary importance to the behavioral health community because, according to recent SAMHSA estimates:

  • Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders; that is, they have both a mental and substance disorder
  • Only 7.4 percent if individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.

With greater efficiency and effectiveness in working together a priority, Moss-Baker facilitated a group discussion on the terminology used and concerns faced by those present representing the various departments and agencies. The training continued with a presentation on ongoing services, including mental health and substance use disorders, eligibility, referral processes, and concluded with a focus on the service enhancements now offered by the newly formed DBH department.

* It should be noted that in the fall of 2013 the District of Columbia merged its Department of Mental Health with the Addiction, Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA) in order to form a new Department of Behavioral Health (DBH). One of the key goals of this merger is to develop a system of care where there are “no wrong doors” for accessing appropriate services. This change reflects one that many other agencies in the country are making or have made already. These mergers are a very positive step forward in the treatment of co-occurring disorder.

Learn more:

The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health Training Institute – register for this and other courses here

District of Columbia Disaster Mental Health Services

SAMHSA Co-Occuring Disorders webpage

National Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s Co-Occuring webpage


Simone Fary is the Instructional Design and Technology Specialist for the Danya Institute


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Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:48:31 +0000 power of habit

Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit is a short, yet powerful book that examines the fundamentals of habit formation and asserts that habits are the core of daily behavior.  For decades, habit formation and habit modification have mesmerized psychologists and neurologists alike. The author himself gained a keen interest in habits while reporting in Iraq when he realized U.S. forces used habit formation to control social unrest.

Duhigg argues against society’s hegemonic belief that habits are hard to break by asserting that habits, like any other daily behavior, are easy to create, break, or change. Via research studies and anecdotes, Duhigg shows that our daily activities, including rigorous schedules, are not the products of “well-considered decision making”, but the result of effortless, repetitive, deeply ingrained motions.

The author’s zeal is demonstrated through his in-depth look at habit formation. Duhigg begins the book with the story of Lisa Allen, a divorcee who alters her habits to quite smoking. The author also shares the stories of Eugene Pauly, a survivor of a life-threatening virus who lost a great deal of his memory but retained an astonishing amount of his old habits; and Angie Bachmann, a stay-at-home mother who develops an unhealthy and destructive gambling habit.

The author makes several valid points in this informative book, but he could possibly be underestimating the tight grasp habits have over human beings. Duhigg fails to tackle the issue of why habits can be hard to break and instead asserts that if the fundamentals of habits are learned, then anyone can break a habit. His claim about habit breaking may be true, but Duhigg doesn’t do enough convincing that it is.

The author reveals interesting correlations between the neurological mechanics of the brain and mundane, every day behavior. He highlights the research findings of a doctor who asserts that “real neurological differences impact how pathological gamblers process information”, thus claiming that gambler Angie Bachmann’s unhealthy gambling addiction was fueled by a faulty brain processing.   Readers will certainly be intrigued, or even shocked, by learning how heavily habit affects daily functions, including the possibility that habits, at times, override common sense. Readers will learn, too, that good habits can replace bad habits and that habits can be used to reduce stress and improve the quality of one’s health and life.

Even if you do not agree with Duhigg’s heavy claims about habit breaking, The Power of Habit is still definitely worthwhile for the average reader.


Tahirah Blanding is a blogger and freelance writer from North Carolina. 

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Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) now available Wed, 07 May 2014 20:07:50 +0000 Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58, Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is now available for download from the SAMHSA Store.

The first TIP to deal directly with the topic of FASD, TIP 58 provides best-practice guidelines for preventing and addressing FASD in behavioral health settings.

 The publication of TIP 58 provides a valuable new resource to the field of FASD. We encourage everyone to download the TIP and share it with providers, and also with individuals and families impacted by these disorders.

We are also invited to read the new Ask the Expert column, featuring an interview with Dr. Sterling K. Clarren, co-chair of TIP 58. And keep an eye on the Web site for announcements about forthcoming Webinars about the TIP and how it can be used to expand FASD-related services in a variety of settings.

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Spotlight on the SAMHSA Store Thu, 01 May 2014 17:17:19 +0000 SAMHSA_colored_web500

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has an extensive online store with many timely publications available. According to press releases from 2011, this store replaced the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information, the National Mental Health Information Center, and the SAMHSA Health Information Network.

The SAMHSA Store landing page displays several of the most popular and new publications; its colorful menus and icons allow you to search publications by: issues, conditions and disorders; substances, treatment, prevention and recovery; professional and research topics; location; and series.

The types of publications include, but are not limited to: newsletters, brochures, Power Point presentations, wallet cards, reports, and full-length publications. This site offers a wide range of topics that are pertinent to substance abuse and mental health. Selecting the Spanish-worded link reveals a menu of 68 Spanish language publications.  A limited number of publications are also available in other languages and you can find these by using the Advanced Search link and entering the language name as a keyword.

Some topics are more thoroughly covered than others; for example, alcohol abuse has 162 articles, depression has 70 articles; yet currently there are only 5 written on anxiety disorders and phobias, and only 4 on bipolar disorder.

Nearly all articles and publications are available for instant download; some can be shipped free of charge to any state or territory in the United States. Articles that say “Out of Stock” are typically still available for instant download. The ordering process is straightforward and easy to use. If you prefer not to create a member account, you can sign in as a guest and check out the offerings.

This website is a good resource center for health care and social service professionals, community and youth workers, and for those who work in addiction recovery. The general public will also find this site helpful in searching for information for personal reasons.

Annabel Kornblum, MPH, is a research coordinator in Minneapolis.

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Recovery/ Wellness Support (Central Region) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:22:32 +0000
Recovery/ Wellness Support (Central Region)

Event Type: Educational Event
What: Participant will learn how to assist individuals in behavioral health settings develop a person centered Recovery Plan that supports their goals and a recovery lifestyle.
When: 6/10/2014;  9:00 AM To 4:30 PM
Where: Spring Grove Hospital
Rice Building 55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
For more information, contact: Courtney Washington – The Danya Institute
Phone: 2406451145
Fax: 301-565-3390
Registration: Go to
Cost: Free
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Recovery/ Wellness Support (Western Region) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:21:39 +0000
Recovery/ Wellness Support (Western Region)

Event Type: Educational Event
What: Participants will learn how to assist individuals in behavioral health settings develop a person centered Recovery Plan that supports their goals and a recovery lifestyle.
When: 5/16/2014;  8:30 AM To 4:30 PM
Where: Washington County Health Department
1302 Pennsylvania Ave
1302 Pennsylvania Ave, Maryland 21742
For more information, contact: Courtney Washington – The Danya Institute
Phone: 2406451145
Fax: 301-565-3390
Registration: Go to
Cost: Free
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