Successful Access to Recovery (ATR) Opioid Recovery Program Receives $2.7 Million in State Funding to Help Participants Pay for Sober Housing

Access to Recovery (ATR) received $2.7 million in state funding in the Massachusetts state budget to supplement the federal dollars it receives through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant.

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Major Revision of “WRAP for Addictions” Book Released, Designed to Help People Gain Control Over All Forms of Addictions

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.’s (AHP), Human Potential Press today announced publication of the revised “Wellness Action Recovery Plan (WRAP) for Addictions: Finding Freedom from Unwanted Patterns.

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New Book Helps Justice-Involved Individuals Successfully Reenter Communities and Rebuild Their Lives

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.'s Human Potential Press just published a new Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) book for people reentering communities after being incarcerated: Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Reentry: Moving Forward from Incarceration.

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Massachusetts Access to Recovery Program Receives Inaugural Community Partner Award from Boston’s Community Work Services

Community Work Services (CWS), a 140-year-old nonprofit in Boston, awarded its first Community Partner Award to the Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR) program at a ceremony in Boston on October 11.

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North American Cannabis Summit Proceedings and Calls to Action Released

The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit released its 2019 Summary of Proceedings today, making information on the current and anticipated future state of cannabis public health, science, policy, and health equity available for a limited time

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AHP Named Great Place to Work-Certified® for Fourth Year Running

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), a multi-state company specializing in transforming behavioral healthcare for complex, vulnerable populations, today announced it has been designated a Great Place to Work

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New Film Provides Solutions to Opioid Withdrawal Deaths in U.S. Jails and Prisons

Opioid use disorder is extremely common among people in U.S. prisons and jails, and many are dying due to withdrawal complications and lack of adequate treatment.

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AHP Joins National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

AHP has been announced as one of 125+ organizations across the country that are part of the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, a network led by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

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Innovative Program Helps Many Massachusetts Residents Recover from Opioids

Access to Recovery (ATR), a program that supports individuals in early recovery from opioids, has topped 22,000 participants and unveiled its redesigned website, which is now mobile friendly with simpler navigation.

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2019 North American Cannabis Summit Draws Hundreds of Participants, Speakers, and Press

The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit held in Los Angeles on January 28-30, 2019 brought together hundreds of scientists and researchers, public health professionals, government officials, medical providers, law enforcement agents, policy makers, and educators to discuss the myriad issues surrounding the legalization and decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis. 


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AHP and CIBHS Partnering to Expand MAT for Youth and Young Adults in California

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) is pleased to announce its partnership with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) to expand Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for youth and young adults in California. This project is supported through the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Substance Use Disorder Compliance Division. DHCS received Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funding to improve access to services for MAT, and the CIBHS/AHP Team was awarded an allocated portion of this funding to implement and expand MAT and opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery services to youth and young adults and their family members.

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Cannabis Policy Could Play a Vital Role in Addressing the U.S. Opioid Crisis

Rosalie Pacula, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, will discuss what is known, and still unclear, about the role of cannabis policy in addressing the national opioid crisis in her keynote address on January 29, 2019, in Los Angeles at the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit.

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New Article by AHP’s Andrew Klein Defines Challenges with Opioid Medications when Serving Justice-Involved Populations

A recent article by Andrew Klein, Ph.D., published in Commonwealth Magazine, addresses the complex issues related to providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to inmates who enter jail or prison already on opioid medications or who request them to prevent relapse after release. A recent court ruling in Massachusetts that required that Essex County jail provide an entering inmate with continued methadone treatment stirred attention nationwide, raising the question of whether more individuals facing jail time will demand MAT for opioid addiction.
 

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2019 North American Cannabis Summit Announces 100+ Topics and Speakers Slated for 3-day Gathering in Los Angeles

The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit just released a list of more than 100 sessions and speakers slated for the January 28-30 event at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. 

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Trailblazer in Health Equity and Social Justice to Headline 2019 North American Cannabis Summit

Shaleen Title, a commissioner on the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and a leader at the forefront of health equity and social justice within the cannabis space, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit being held in Los Angeles from January 28 to 30.

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Expert Journalist to MC the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit

Dan Adams, Boston Globe cannabis expert and author of the acclaimed This Week in Weed newsletter, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming 2019 North American Cannabis Summit in Los Angeles, CA, from January 28 to 30.

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AHP Releases Three Newly Revised WRAP Products

Human Potential Press (HPP), the publishing arm of Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), announces the release of three fully revised and updated Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) products that make it simpler for people to focus on personal wellness “on the go.” These products allow people to carry vital WRAP information with them for easy and immediate reference no matter where they are. The revised products include the WRAP Workbook, Crisis Plan On the Go, and WRAP On the Go. Each publication has been updated to align with other recently revised WRAP books, including the “Red Book.” 

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AHP to Provide Expertise Through Massachussetts DSRIP Technical Assistance (TA) Marketplace

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., (AHP) has been selected to provide technical assistance (TA) to Massachusetts accountable care organizations (ACOs) and community partners (CPs) engaged in the state’s MassHealth Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. This TA will be administered through an online, statewide vendor directory known as the MA DSRIP Technical Assistance Marketplace (“TA Marketplace”). 

 

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For Third Year Running, AHP Is Re-Certified as a Great Workplace by Great Place to Work®

For the third year in a row AHP was re-certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®, for 2018-2019. AHP earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. Ratings for the company improved across the board, with the highest and most significant returns relating to commitment, flexibility and relationships: 97% of respondents say staff are willing to give extra to get the job done; 97% say they can take time off from work when necessary; and 95% say people care about each other at AHP. Read a summary of the ratings

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AHP Launches Revised WRAP Book for Veterans and People in Active Service

Human Potential Press (HPP), the publishing arm of Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., (AHP) today announced the launch of an update to the 2007 book Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Veterans and People in the Military. The brand-new publication, Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Veterans, Active Service Members, and Military in Transition, is now available for preorder and will begin shipping August 17, 2018.

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2019 North American Cannabis Summit Call for Proposals is Open

The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit is an objective forum to address public health, science, and health equity in this time of expanding cannabis legalization and decriminalization across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The 2019 Summit will take place January 28–30, 2019, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

The call for proposals for the 2019 Summit is now open through September 14, 2018.

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Growing Demand for Cannabis Legalization Across North America Expands Scope of National Summit


Registration now open for 2019 North American Cannabis Summit
Thirty states now have some combination of decriminalization, medical use, and recreational use of marijuana, with several more states likely to put the issue to vote this year. In Canada, support from approximately two-thirds of the population prompted the introduction of Bill C-45 to legalize cannabis nationwide. On June 7, the Canadian Senate voted in favor of the legislation, adding amendments for the House of Commons to consider. In Mexico, possession of up to five grams of marijuana for “personal use” was decriminalized nearly a decade ago. More recently, in both 2015 and 2018, its Supreme Court ruled in favor of plaintiffs seeking to grow, transport, and use cannabis for personal reasons.

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AHP Announces Presale for Revised Edition of the Iconic WRAP “Red Book”

Human Potential Press, the publishing arm of Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), today announced presales for the first substantial revision in two decades of the Wellness Action Recovery Plan (WRAP), or “Red Book.” Books will begin shipping June 11. As WRAP’s customer base of individuals, facilitators, trainers, and organizations continues to grow, so has a need for evolving materials. Although the key concepts, values, and framework of WRAP remain unchanged, the design and content have been extensively updated and enhanced to amplify the products’ relevance and appeal to a diverse, international audience.

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Access to Recovery (ATR) Success Celebrated at Community Event in Boston

AHP organized an event in Boston on March 20, 2018, to celebrate the success of the Access to Recovery (ATR) program, honoring both those who benefit from the program and those who fund and run it. ATR changes lives for the better by providing recovery supports like vouchers for basic services and a unique job training program. The program has helped many who previously struggled with incarceration and other recovery barriers live sober lives and contribute to their communities, and it has also helped reduce overdose rates among those served.

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2017 National Cannabis Summit Summary of Proceedings Now Available

AHP is pleased to announce that the 2017 National Cannabis Summit: Science, Policy, and Best Practices Summary of Proceedings is now available for download.

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National Cannabis Summit Opens National Dialogue

The first-ever National Cannabis Summit took place this August in Denver, achieving a major goal – to open thoughtful, measured, and science-based discussion about the impact of marijuana policy on public health and safety. Over 500 people attended the summit, hailing from 43 states and Canada and representing a wide range of institutions, from academia and advocacy to military, government, and healthcare. Response was overwhelmingly positive with a focus on the quality of conversation, dialogue, and exchange.

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AHP Re-Certified as a Great Workplace by Great Place to Work® for 2017-2018

For the second year in a row, AHP was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. AHP earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. Some of the highest ratings for the company related to interpersonal relationships and commitment levels: 92% of respondents say people care about each other at AHP, and 90% say that people are willing to give extra effort to get the job done. Read a summary of the ratings

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National Cannabis Summit Program Focuses on Real World Experience with Marijuana Legalization

The National Cannabis Summit, to be held in Denver, August 28-30, 2017, offers a program packed with speakers and workshops that reflect the realities of legalizing marijuana. Keynote speakers include current and former public officials responsible for implementation of medical and adult marijuana laws in states like Colorado and Washington. Workshops focus on lessons learned across public health, prevention, regulation, and more, emphasizing data-driven decision-making and evolving best practice. Presenters span academic, research, government, regulatory, community, and policy arenas. For the list of keynote speakers, visit: https://www.nationalcannabissummit.org/speakers/ 

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AHP Continues Longstanding Partnership with SAMHSA with Award of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts

AHP has been awarded three Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (SAMHSA IDIQ) type contracts. Contracts are for five years and are awarded on a performance-based basis. AHP was selected as a prime contractor in three domains:

  • Domain I: Feasibility, Pilot and Evaluation Projects
  • Domain III: Policy Analysis and Program Related Projects
  • Domain V: Technical Assistance and Training Projects

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AHP and Partners Host National Cannabis Summit

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network are convening a national forum to address the science, policy, and best practices on public health and governance in an age of marijuana legalization and decriminalization. The National Cannabis Summit: Science, Policy and Best Practices will be held August 28-30, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, in Denver, Colorado. 

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AHP Certified as a Great Workplace by Great Place to Work

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) was certified as a great workplace recently by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. AHP earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. In addition to a strong sense of pride in their workplace, employees also know they can rely on job security, with 98% of staff members believing that management would lay people off only as a last resort. Read a summary of the ratings. 

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AHP Acquires WRAP and Recovery Books

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) announced the acquisition of WRAP® and Recovery Books, as of July 1. The purchase includes 30+ books, manuals, curricula, and other educational products on wellness and recovery, along with the website, mobile app, and eLearning curricula. AHP will work closely with the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery and Mary Ellen Copeland to ensure that anyone who would benefit from WRAP has access to it in whatever way works best for them.

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National Criminal Justice Conference Highlights Advances in Medication Assisted Treatment to Address the Nation’s Heroin Epidemic

Focusing on cutting edge topics in corrections and the national heroin epidemic, the 5th Annual Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (RSAT TTA) Workshop will be held in Providence, July 26-27, 2016, at the Omni Providence Hotel. Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will keynote the conference on “The Critical Role of Corrections in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic.”

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AHP Launches Newly Redesigned Website with Expanded Access to Experts and Services

AHP today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. The website improves visitor experience and access to AHP services, subject matter experts, and helpful resources. With its new, clean design, the site in more easily navigated, offering more detailed descriptions of AHP expertise, products, and services. 

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AHP Releases Medication Assisted Treatment Training Video for Use in Prisons/Jails

AHP is pleased to announce a new national training video on prisons and jail-based medication assisted treatment (MAT) programming. The video is the first to document the establishment of innovative prison and jail MAT re-entry programs for both men and women. Please visit http://www.rsat-tta.com/ to view the 37-minute film.

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BHbusiness Plus Learning Networks for Behavioral Health Executives Now Open for Enrollment

BHbusiness Plus offer behavioral health executives and leaders the opportunity to improve business operations through participation in learning networks, starting November 1. Apply now.

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Some States Using Federal Grant Money to Help People with Addiction Find a Path to Recovery

This story from Stateline by Christine Vestal focuses on how the Access to Recovery (ATR) program supports people in addiction treatment, with insights from Rebecca Starr, AHP senior behavioral health consultant and ATR project director in Massachusetts.

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AHP Announces 2015 Publications to Date

AHP announced 2015 publications to date, including articles in peer-reviewed journals, white papers, fact sheets, and elearning modules. View the publications page.

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AHP Publishes White Paper on Population Health

AHP today announced the publication of a new white paper, Achieving Population Health: Behavioral Health Systems as the Link to Success. The paper points to the key role that behavioral and social services organizations play in achieving healthy populations, a goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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AHP Announces Major Contract Awards in 2014

AHP today announced major contract awards in 2014 across all three divisions of Technical Assistance and Training, Research and Evaluation, and Healthcare Solutions. With these additions, AHP increased projected revenues by 20% across a wide range of federal and state agencies.

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AHP Produces Video Tour of Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program in a Prison

New video reveals the inner workings of the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program at the Barnstable House of Corrections in Massachusetts, including interviews with current participants and former inmates now integrated into the community and how the program has impacted their lives.

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AHP's Andrew R. Klein Interviewed for NPR Story on Domestic Violence and the Courts

NPR's Robert Siegel interviewed Andrew R. Klein, Ph.D., Senior Scientist of Criminal Justice, on the topic of court responses to domestic violence versus non-domestic assault cases.

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AHP Brings Back National Behavioral Health Expert Patrick Gauthier to Lead Healthcare Solutions Division

AHP today announced the return of Patrick Gauthier, national behavioral health expert and thought leader in health care reform, as director of AHP Healthcare Solutions, the company’s division dedicated to supporting clients in navigating new requirements and maximizing opportunities with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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New AHP Index Measures Gap Between BH Workforce and Need for Services

To measure the gap between the size of the behavioral health workforce and the demand for treatment, AHP has developed a proprietary index called the Provider Availability Index (PAI) and released preliminary findings.

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