Webinars & Training

Webinars focus on addressing obstacles and challenges to providing and conducting research on MOUD in recovery housing

Training Tracks for Providers & Researchers

Despite strong evidence for the effectiveness for medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), individuals with opioid use disorder face a number of obstacles to accessing recovery housing, and providers of recovery housing face challenges in addressing the needs of individuals being treated with MOUD. I-STARR Webinars focus on addressing these obstacles and challenges.

As part of the I-STARR webinar series, there will be two tracks of trainings tailored specifically to recovery residence operators and researchers who may be new to studying recovery housing.

Providers who complete the 12-part training series for recovery residence operators and providers are eligible to earn 12 NAADAC CEUs.

To earn the credits, providers must complete all 12 trainings by attending the webinars in real-time and/or watching the recordings and completing an evaluation survey for each webinar. Credits cannot be pro-rated based on the number of webinars completed. Upon completing the criteria, I-STARR will issue a certificate that can be submitted to NAADAC to obtain 12 CEUs to count towards credentialing.

Researchers who complete the 12-part research training series will receive a certificate of completion, indicating they have attended all 12 webinars either in real-time and/or watched the recordings in full.

Training for Recovery Residence Operators & Providers

Nine webinars in the training component targeted to recovery housing providers (e.g., operators, owners, and house managers) will be focused on topics related to operations and management of recovery residences. These webinars serve as a primer on: the recovery housing environment and recovery supports; recovery residence management and operations; resident policies; as well as laws, ethics, and fiscal responsibilities. Four webinars for recovery housing providers will focus specifically on topics related to MOUD in different types of recovery residences. These webinars will review issues raised and changes that providers may need to consider when accepting residents being treated with MOUD, issues that need to be considered with respect to resident screening policies and procedures, strategies residences can implement to mitigate diversion risk and create a safe and supportive environment for residents and staff, and examples of programs where prescribers and recovery housing staff have learned to work more closely together to support MOUD in recovery housing.

Training for Researchers

A parallel track of nine webinars will target junior investigators as well as those who may be more established but new to recovery housing research. These webinars will be largely methods-based with the first serving as a primer on experimental and quasi-experimental designs and review of the advantages and challenges involved in each regarding recovery housing research.

Subsequent webinars will focus on identifying, recruiting, and collaborating with recovery housing providers and the principles of community-based participatory research (respectively); recruitment and tracking of recovery home residents; data collection and measurement; reviewing theories about recovery housing mechanisms of action and measurement; statistical techniques; strengthening causal inference within quasi-experimental designs; review of the fundamentals basics of multilevel modeling; and challenges faced by recovery residence operators in meeting the needs of their residents, particularly those being treated with MOUD.

All Audiences

The first, middle, and last webinar in the training series will address topics germane to recovery residence operators and researchers to strengthen ties between the two and facilitate further research collaboration.

The first of these all-audience seminars, will review the recovery housing landscape, specifically the different types of recovery residences, levels of care provided in them, and where recovery housing fits in a larger recovery-oriented system of care. It will also review the history of and evidence base for recovery housing, current gaps in the field, and obstacles to conducting research on recovery housing. This webinar will serve as a grounding to ensure all webinar participants are starting from the same place regarding recovery housing basics and the state of the field.

The next all-audience webinar will serve a similar purpose regarding the topic of opioid addiction and medications used to treat it. It will also review key challenges to supporting residents being treated with MOUD in recovery housing.

The third and final webinar will review key challenges discussed in each track of the webinar series and present suggestions on how to move research forward on MOUD in recovery housing.

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