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Provider Training

South Dakota Resource Hotline 1-800-920-4343

Providers have multiple ways to access up-to-date information about evidence-based OUD treatment strategies.

South Dakota Training
Project ECHO

The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project provides free virtual tele-mentoring sessions between frontline caregivers in rural and underserved settings and other health professionals.

Virtual sessions provide real-time opportunities to learn about and share best practices in a variety of topics with case study examples to follow.

  • Available for all behavioral health and medical professionals, including but not limited to physicians and advanced practice providers, nurses, case managers, pharmacists, social workers, addiction counselors, mental health professionals, peer support specialists, and community health workers
  • Free, held virtually via Zoom 
  • Continuing education credits available

ECHO programs supported by the Division of Behavioral Health as a key strategy of its State Opioid Response include:

University of South Dakota ECHO Hub

Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. CT through December 9, 2020

Register for USD ECHO Hub

Questions? Visit the USD ECHO Programs webpage or email for more information.

Avera Health, in partnership with Center for Family Medicine

  • First and third Thursday of each month from 12-1:30 p.m. CT
  • Hosted by an expert panel: Matthew Stanley, DO, Malia Holbeck, LCSW, LAC, Jennifer Ball, PharmD, Dan Felix, PhD & Jim Wilde, MD

Register for Avera Health ECHO

Questions? Visit the Average Health ECHO page or email or call 605-322-5391 for more information.

South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA)

The SDSMA provides free educational programs, videos, and presentations on evidence-based guidelines for prescribing opioids to effectively treat pain and minimize patient risk.

Funding Opportunities

The SD Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health offers sponsorship funding for training and education related to identifying and filling critical gaps in availability of treatment for opioid or stimulant use disorders. 

Eligible applicants must be South Dakota-based organizations or associations that: 

  • provide direct services or support to populations impacted by opioid and/or stimulant use, and/or
  • offer training and education to professional in these areas.

Supported activities, application deadlines, and budget limitations can be found on the application form below.

Apply for the Training & Education Mini Grant

Questions? Contact the Division of Behavioral Health at 605-367-5236 or for more information.

National Training
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)

The ATTC, funded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is committed to taking action to address opioid misuse with numerous free resources. The ATTC also has resources specifically designed for peer support workers, counselors, psychologists, and social workers.

On-the-Spot Real Time Advice

On-the-Spot (OtS) is an online opportunity for Substance Use Disorders and Recovery Support Service providers to obtain real-time input on a variety of behavioral health topics. OtS is an open, one-hour “hotline” forum guided by participants’ questions, with responses provided by Mountain Plains ATTC consultants. Participants are welcome to join anytime via phone, PC, or tablet during the forum.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides Opioid Use Disorder modules and webinars that help train physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on:

  • Assessing and diagnosing OUD
  • Communication strategies that help patients understand their diagnosis
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
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