Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Training

February 12th & 13th, 2019

Stacy Smith, LPC & MINT

Newer Ways of Seeing Recovery

The Institute is so grateful to Sandhill’s MCO for encouraging their providers to develop deeper skills in Co-Occurring (Mental Health & Substance Use) treatment practices. Stacy Smith, LPC and MINT said, “The robust discussions around newer ways of seeing recovery is so pleasing. We met providers willing and able to help using the latest in evidence-based practices like harm reduction and medication assisted therapy!”



“Dr. Moser and Stacy Smith provided a series of trainings for Virginia’s ACT teams in 2016. The team at the Institute for Best Practices has also provided team-level consultation and training to several teams since that time. We could not have been more pleased with the depth and breadth of knowledge that all brought, as well as the personable, and down right enjoyable way that it was all presented. The Institute has definitely helped us to bolster our understanding and delivery of high-fidelity ACT which has benefited hundreds of service providers, and most importantly, thousands of individuals receiving those services, and their families.”

Jeff VanArnam, ACT Coordinator, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Milwaukee County, WI

“The use of the TMACT as a fidelity measuring tool for ACT has been truly transformative for our system. The tool itself is instructive, and gives both those administering the review, and those receiving the review, the opportunity to further their understanding of ACT principles. We have found the UNC Institute team to be bright, articulate, flexible trainers who, in addition to all the knowledge and expertise they have to offer, are downright fun.”

Jennifer Wittwer, M.S.W. – Associate Director, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Community Access to Recovery Services

NC ACT Provider

“The ACT Coalition has been invaluable to my work as an ACT Team Leader. As a new team leader, the ACT Coalition provided me with the knowledge and support that I needed to improve the performance of my team and the services that we provide. I am now in my 3rd year with the Coalition and it continues to provide me (and my team) with a wonderful platform to both learn new things and problem solve issues in a supportive (and fun!) environment. Thank you for all that you do for us!!!”

Britni Eaton, M.S., LPC, LCAS-A, Monarch ACT Team Leader

Community Inclusion as a Medical Necessity

Supporting Community Participation

February 7th, 2019

By way of invitation by Alliance Health, Mark Salzer, Ph.D. and Bryan McCormick, Ph.D. from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, joined by our very own Lorna Moser, Ph.D., led a workshop with assertive community treatment (ACT) and transition management services (TMS) teams. Agency leadership and staff convened to discuss the importance of and ways to best support people in meaningful community participation.

Mark S. Salzer, Ph.D.

Life In The Community Like Everyone Else

“People experience disability versus having a disability.”  Rather than exclusively focusing on the person as the one with the problem (i.e., “having a disability”), we should be focusing equal or more effort at how the environment fuels disability. For individuals with mental illness, stigma, discrimination, and exclusion are the environmental factors creating an experience of disability.

Community inclusion and participation goes well beyond employment and housing, it also includes friendships, intimate relationships, connecting with groups in a meaningful way, as well as participating in civil life and the larger community. Research shows that meaningful participation can be as important to overall health as medications and therapies, yet it rarely gets the attention and investment it deserves. Community inclusion and participation is a medical necessity for good health for all of us.