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October 2023

Support Our Kids!!! NACoA’s Children’s Program Kit

cpk_marketing.jpgNACoA’s Children’s Program Kit is a powerful tool to help children impacted by parental addiction. It provides over 100 skill-based and developmentally appropriate lesson plans along with everything needed to offer a strong and effective educational support program to school age children of addicted parents. Through the implementation of the lessons in the kit, young people are able to learn about substance use disorders in age-appropriate ways and that there are safe people who can help them grow and thrive despite a parent’s or caregivers addiction. Improved affective and behavioral changes are noticeable as children complete programs using this comprehensive program kit.

The Children’s Program Kit provides all the tools needed to establish an educational support program. To learn how to be a part of the IFRC training opportunity, review the attached flyer. 

If you are interested in participating in the training, contact Nancy Phillips for information on the application process:

Nancy Phillips, M.S.Ed. – PSY, CAADC, CFPP, Illinois Family Resource Center, at [Please enable javascript.]


October 2023

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October 2023

Celebrate Prevention

prevention-month-banner.jpgThis year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Talk. They Hear You.®” and looking ahead to SAMHSA’s 20th Prevention Day.

  • Prevention strengthens protective factors and reduces risk factors ― in individuals, families, schools, communities, and across society.
  • Prevention science, and decades of community-based experience and scientific research, shows that prevention works.

Visit the Toolkit on SAMHSA's site below. 

Check out: Prevention Month | SAMHSA

September 2023

Help Raise Awareness With New Outreach Tools

adopt_tool.jpgThe Child Welfare Information Gateway provides the official Outreach Toolkit that features themed graphics, social media posts, key facts, a virtual meeting background, and more! Add these to your websites, newsletters, emails, meetings, social media pages, and other digital communications to show your support and encourage awareness and action in your networks.

Spread the Word - National Adoption Month - Child Welfare Information Gateway

September 2023

Recovery Month Schedule

SAMHSA's Recovery Month Weekly Themes

recovery-month-banner-2023.jpgWeek 1: September 4–10: This week we highlight supporting youth and young people in recovery and the crucial role that families and caregivers play in supporting individuals who are already in recovery or are seeking to start their recovery journey.

Week 2: September 11–17: This week’s focus is ensuring that people of color, youth, older adults, LGBTQI+, rural residents, veterans, and people with disabilities have equitable access to recovery resources.

Week 3: September 18–24: Our focus this week is promoting a whole-person approach to wellness that addresses the social determinants of health in addition to physical and mental symptoms.

Week 4: September 25–30: This week we highlight the importance of peer support and peer support services in guiding individuals, families, and caregivers through recovery.

Learn more and access Recovery Month resources at

September 2023

Want to learn more about Al-Anon as a professional?

young-4677270_1280.jpgProfessionals may see adults or teens affected by someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon, a mutual support program for relative and friends of alcoholics, can help. Learn more in a free online workshop provided by District 21, NYC Upper West Side Public Outreach Committee. Online Workshop: Tuesday, September 12th, 4 – 45:45 pm, CT.

To register:

August 2023

IDHS-SUPR_IOAD_8-31-23_Flyer.jpgDHS-SUPR_OAD_August_31-2023_Agenda.jpgJoin us to share the International Overdose Awareness Day Illinois. Learn about how we can be a art of the prevention for future generations.

August 2023

Recovery Month 

Recovery_002.jpgAs you start your planning for Recovery Month next month, please make sure you’re including International Recovery Day in your initiatives. Join members of the Recovery Community around the nation! Held during Recovery Month on September 30th, International Recovery Day is a chance to send a resounding message to the world: recovery from addiction is absolutely achievable.

Check out: 2023 Toolkit - Recovery Month (

August 2023

Helping Our Transition

outreach-toolkit_crop.jpgChild Welfare Information Gateway has launched a full update on a resource collection to help caseworkers support youth transitioning to adulthood. Caseworkers and others supporting youth in transition can find resources on programs, emerging practices, and support services as well as other information about extended foster care. Having the right resources in your collection will help youth get engaged and make transitioning out of foster care a smoother process. For the first time, this collection features resources for young adults. This was developed in partnership with lived experience experts. The collection includes Resources for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood, a comprehensive starting point for finding resources on education, employment, finances, housing, life skills, and more.

Go to: Announcing New Resources for Youth in Foster Care Transitioning to Adulthood (

August 2023

recovery-month-banner-2023.jpgEach September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. Be ready. Check out the resources.

Go to: 2023 Recovery Month Toolkit (

July 2023

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

NMMHAM_2021_rotators-2_eng-1_small.pngNational Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. Join in honoring the importance of minority mental health by sharing related  products, resources, and upcoming events.

Check out: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month- July 2023 | Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network (

July 2023

Family and Caregiver Access to Resources on Anxiety and Depression in Children and Youth — Webinar

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 6 – 7 p.m. ET

college.jpgThe Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host a virtual training on Wednesday, July 19, from 6 – 7 p.m. ET for parents, caregivers, and families about children’s mental health. This training will focus on anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. This training is a continuation of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts to provide important and useful information and resources about child, youth, and family mental health. This training is co-designed with, and informed by, youth, parents, and caregivers and will feature youth and parent leaders.

This free, virtual training will feature information and resources specifically for parents and caregivers. While it is designed to provide education to parents and caregivers, you do not need to be a parent or caregiver to attend. The training will provide the following:

Information on anxiety and depression in children and youth from parents, caregivers, and behavioral health professionals;

  • Useful skills to recognize and respond to children and youth managing anxiety and depression;
  • Information on how to access mental health resources and guidance to help children and families;
  • An overview of resources available to support parents and caregivers.

Spanish interpretation will be offered live during this training and certificates of attendance will be available.

Webinar Registration - Zoom (

June 2023

June is Reunification Month

child_network.jpgJune is a time for all who are working with families working toward reuniting to focus and celebrate as recovery builds and families reunite. Families are resilient and strong. For many, substance misuse is at the base of family issues and the need for kinship care and/or legal concerns. This Reunification Month reminds us that we must commit to identifying effective strategies to reunify families. The Children’s Bureau is providing resources for both kinship care, professionals and families regarding family recovery. Use these resources to help engage children and families in the reunification process, equip parents to resolve issues that led to family separation, help increase reunification rates for families from diverse backgrounds, and address racial disproportionality and disparity in child welfare.

Visit: Children’s Bureau (CB) | The Administration for Children and Families (

May 2023

fasd_Page_01.jpgPregnant people may face significant barriers to receiving treatment for OUD. The opioid epidemic has highlighted the systemic bias and discrimination that pregnant people who have OUD can face in their communities, and even within the healthcare system. Pregnant people who have substance use disorders (SUDs), particularly people of color, have historically had less access to treatment services and can face additional stigma from the healthcare system when they do seek care.For example, some providers may believe that prescribing OUD medications is encouraging patients to “trade one drug for another.” The increased demands on time required to access treatment for OUD, such as long wait times, may also affect treatment rates for pregnant patients, potentially negatively affecting the pregnant person and their baby.

1-877-SAMHSA-7 | (1-877-726-4727) • 1-800-487-4889 (TDD) • WWW.SAMHSA.GOV (May 2023)

May 2023

Resources for Working with Children of Addiction 

AddictionResourcesForProviders.jpgIf you work with families with little ones who are impacted by substance misuse, take time to check out the resources offered by Sesame Street in Communities.
Parental Addiction | Sesame Street in Communities - Sesame Street in Communities






March 2023

Tool Kit for Our Kids!!

CAP_Month_Packet_2023_RED_Page_01.jpgApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join others in your community to create awareness of the safety of our little ones. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois offers this tool kit to plan and educate others during the month of April.

Check it out at

February 2023

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

MyWhyNDAFWcopy.jpegNational Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is an annual health observance, connects youth with resources about drugs, alcohol, and related health topics. Get ready for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week -- March 20-26, 2023. There are endless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, teachers and ROSC Councils can do to strengthen the community. Some without even leaving the house.

For a list of favorites, visit: Get Activity Ideas | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (

January 2023

Get to Know NACoA

nacoa2.jpgWhen caring adults are safe and available for children impacted by the disease of addiction, they bring them help, hope, and ultimately healing. COA Awareness Week breaks the silence that engulfs and traps kids and teens living with parental addiction and offers the chance for children at risk to become children of promise. Join us throughout this week to help make a difference that can last a lifetime.

Visit: COA Awareness Week - Nacoa

December 2022

988 Partner Toolkit

mental-health-g71813fdf9_1920.jpgNow is the time to prepare your staff and communities to have a better understanding of the purpose of the new 988 resource number. Have your staff and contacts visit the SAMHSA 988 Partner Toolkit. SAMHSA recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. It encourages use of the 988 Partner Toolkit communication outreach materials and building upon them within community coalitions to meet the needs of specific audiences.

Check out: 988 Partner Toolkit | SAMHSA

December 2022

Celebrating Families 

nacoa.jpgExplore the information of NACoA. They provide programs to address the chaos of our children who live with substance issues in their life. The Illinois Family Resource Center is offering interested community teams an opportunity to participate in the NACoA training for their Celebrating Families curriculum.

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November 2022

Supporting Family Caregivers

FinalCoverImage.jpgThe 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones.

The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE  Family Caregiving  Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and will evolve with the caregiving landscape. Take a look and comment when appropriate.

You will find the document at: 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers | ACL Administration for Community Living.

November 2022

Building Resilience & Finding Hope

depressed_teen.jpgIf you work with a population with a risk for suicide, take a look at the following information. According to Hazelden, one of the leading causes of death in the US is suicide and a major concern for everyone in the mental health community. Whether you work with individual clients  or provide group therapy, Hazelden Publishing’s new Suicide workbook and DVD are designed to help those who have attempted suicide or experienced ideation.

The Suicide workbook and DVD focus on:

  • Understanding the science behind mental health disorders
  • Relating mental health to different areas of life
  • Identifying healthy coping strategies
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Learning grounding and mindfulness techniques
  • Discovering healthy habits to enhance well-being
  • Developing assertive communication skills
  • Planning for ongoing support

Take a look at the new material: Hazelden Store: Suicide Collection

October 2022

Take Care of Yourself 

308632370_622536626082078_780588360400232364_.jpgBurnout is a complex issue resulting from chronic workplace stress that involves exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers a new guide to prevent and reduce burnout among behavioral health workers. If you or someone you care about works in the field visit: Help keep our health care workers strong and healthy.

Check out:

September 2022

Family-Based Intervention Lowers Long-Term Suicide Risk in Youth

nih-nida-logo.pngThe National Institute of Mental Health shared findings of a study related to the suicide rate of adolescents and the impact of a family-based intervention called Family Check-Up. Over the last 20 years, suicide rates have increased in the U.S. by 24%, with the largest increases occurring in females ages 10-14 and African American children aged 5-11. These statistics highlight the critical need for better ways to understand and prevent suicide in youth and adolescents. In a recent study supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers examined the impact of a family-based intervention on suicide risk in youth and found risk-reduction benefits up to 10 years later.

Genetic, neurobiological, cognitive, and social factors contribute to the risk of self-injurious thoughts or behaviors. Research also suggests that family-level factors play an important role in the development of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors during adolescence. Evidence shows that interventions focused on improving family processes, such as improving conflict resolution and encouraging supportive parenting strategies, can reduce long-term suicide risk in youth—even if the intervention does not specifically target suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

To find out more about the study outcomes of the researchers, visit: NIMH » Family-Based Intervention Lowers Long-Term Suicide Risk in Youth (

September 2022

SAMHSA Addresses Burnout

system-927147_1280.jpgBurnout is a complex issue resulting from chronic workplace stress that encompasses exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers a new guide that highlights organization-level interventions to prevent and reduce burnout among behavioral health workers. Help keep our health care workers strong and healthy.

Publication ID: PEP22-06-02-005  Publication Date: September 2022  

Publication title: Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce through Organizational Strategies

August 2022


smoking-64925_1920.jpgAre you still wondering what the rules are related to cannabis use in Illinois? As you work in your organization and community these issues may arise. Be informed. Learn the facts related to responsible choices and information regarding cannabis use.

Visit: Let’s Talk Cannabis Illinois | What’s Legal and What’s Not (

July 2022

Parental Addiction: Healing Families Together

Webinar_ParentalAddiction-p2-400x300.pngParental addiction affects the well-being of young children—children you may encounter in your work. You have the opportunity to support children and families affected by addiction, in big and small ways. Join us for a series of webinars to gain resources and strategies you can use right away. Each webinar in this series will highlight a unique provider perspective and offer tactics to address their specific needs.

In the second webinar of this series, child and family therapist, Jerry Moe, describes the benefits of healing together as a family. He explores resources from the Parental Addiction topic page and offers ways a therapist (or any provider) could use them in their own work with children and families.

To register for this Webinar, you’ll need to create an account to watch this webinar.

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June 2022

ndafw_logo-registered.jpgScience-based information for teens and teen intermediaries about the developing brain, drugs, and addiction will be relocating from the NIDA for Teens website ( on June 30, 2022. Resources and information for parents, educators, and young people—including lesson plans, conversation starters, educational games and videos, and information and resources for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®—can now be found at

March 2022

HIV/AIDS Curriculum 

aids.jpgNational Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is observed annually on April 10. NYHAAD increases awareness, generates conversations, and spotlights the work being done to reduce HIV among young people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has established an evidence-based approach schools can implement to help prevent HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents. Schools provide students with the opportunity to learn the importance of behaviors and skills needed to engage in a healthy lifestyle now and into adulthood. As providers and community groups, you can support your schools in their curriculum delivery for heathy living. Learn more about CDC’s school-based approach to HIV and STD prevention at Read additional info briefs in the Adolescent Health: What Works in Schools series at