Provider Training & Education

South Dakota Resource Hotline 1-800-920-4343

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

Some resources are local to South Dakota, while others operate on a national scale. The following articles, videos, and webinars are all available online, often at no cost, so providers can access them at their convenience.

National Training
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
  • And more!
South Dakota Training
South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA)

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

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)

The ATTC, funded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), 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 and 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 Services providers to obtain real-time input on a variety of behavioral health topics. OtS is an open, one-hour 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 one-hour “hotline” forum. Topical sessions are held on a monthly basis.

Project ECHO

The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project is a videoconferencing, case-based learning platform. ECHO sessions create and foster tele-mentoring between frontline caregivers in rural and underserved settings with experts and other healthcare professionals who are able to share necessary information to improve patient and public health outcomes, such as addiction counselors, mental health professionals, and social workers.

Virtual sessions provide real-time opportunities to learn about and share best practices in pain management and opioid use with case study examples to review. 

  • Available for all healthcare professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants that are prescribing medication-assisted treatment
  • Free, held virtually via Zoom 
  • Continuing education credits available through the SD Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals

USD Opioid ECHO Sessions

Avera ECHO Sessions

  • Participate in training sessions with experts from USD’s departments of Addiction Counseling and Prevention, Social Work, and Physical Therapy.
  • Become better informed about pain assessment and treatment alternatives
  • 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 12-1:30 p.m. CST
  • Hosted by an expert panel: Matthew Stanley, DO, Malia Holbeck, LCSW, LAC, Jennifer Ball, PharmD, Dan Felix, PhD & Jim Wilde, MD
    • Participate in case-based clinical discussions focused on the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, and mental health disorders.
    • Gain up-to-date knowledge through brief didactic presentations on topics of interest to learners.
    • Improve your confidence in managing patients with opioid use disorder, substance use disorders, and mental health disorders.
  • For additional information, please email or call 605-322-5391.
Training & Education Funding Opportunities

The SD Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health is offering sponsorship funding for training and education events across South Dakota for professionals that serve populations affected by opioid abuse/misuse.

The Opioid Mini Grant supports training or continuing education which can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Best practices for prescribing opioids, pain management, recognizing potential cases of Substance Use Disorder, referral of patients to treatment programs, and overdose prevention.
  • Increased awareness of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and its available tools/data sets among prescribers.
  • Prevention using evidence-based methods defined by SAMHSA or CDC proven to reduce the number of persons misusing opioids and opioid-associated deaths.
  • Education and awareness related to opioid use/misuse, with related topics including Medication-Assisted Treatment.

If you have additional questions about funding opportunities, please contact the Division of Behavioral Health at 605-367-5236 or email questions to