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Recovery Resources for Providers
Recovery Guides, Kits & Tools for Providers
A variety of resources compiled by APNA to help providers integrate recovery into their practice.
Recovery-Focused Continuing Nursing Education
Educational content available in the APNA eLearning Center, eligible for CNE contact hours.
General Recovery Resources
Find information about recovery-focused programs, educational offerings, reports, and more.

For Mental Health Providers
Behavioral Health Barometer, 2013
SAMHSA report which presents a set of substance use and mental health indicators from population and treatment facility-based data sets. Provides data reflecting the status and progress in improving key behavioral health indicators.
Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers, & Advocates
From the National Council and Parity Implementation Coalition,  contains details on the requirements of the parity law and resources to help providers and consumers file successful appeals. (pdf)

For Primary Care Providers
Screening Tools from SAMHSA-HRSA
Screening tools for use in primary care and other healthcare settings to enable earlier identification of mental health and substance use disorders. Includes screening tools for depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, suicide risk, and anxiety disorders.
Primary Care/County Mental Health Toolkit (pdf)
From the Integrated Behavioral Health Project - Partners in Health, a toolkit designed to help primary care clinics and government mental health agencies forge collaborative relationships.
Community Provider Toolkit
From the VA, a start in the evaluation of individuals at risk for violence. Topics include suicide prevention and risk assessment, safety planning, and materials for clients.
Systems-Level Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Describes core elements of SBIRT programs for people with or at risk for substance use disorders. Describes SBIRT services implementation, covering challenges, barriers, cost, and sustainability. (pdf)
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM):
An Online Suicide Prevention Course

Course is designed for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide; take approximately 2 hours to complete. Explains why reducing access to lethal methods of self-harm saves lives, teaches practical skills on when and how to ask suicidal clients about their access to lethal means, and how to work with them and their families to reduce that access.

For Providers in the Emergency Department
Suicide Prevention Tips for Emergency Medical Services and the Workplace
SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Customized Information Sheets series that provides basic information on how to identify and respond to individuals who may be suicidal or at high risk for suicide.
Advancing Suicide Prevention Practice in the Emergency Department Setting
Archived webinar from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center  that presents a cross-section of promising and evidence-based strategies for preventing suicide among patients visiting the ED, including continuity of care.
Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework
Signed off on by APNA, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association, and ISPN; these principles provide the framework for competent and accountable emergency psychiatric clinical care.

Resources by Topic
Child and Adolescent Resources
Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more
Military and PTSD Resources
Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals
Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events
Information, links, and resources to help survivors, victims' families, and providers in dealing with the issues that arise after experiencing traumatic events.
Substance Use Resources
Guides,  FAQs, continuing education and more from organizations such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and APNA
Multiple Chronic Conditions Resources
Resources include a framework issued by the HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions


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