Our Training and Technical Assistance.

Training, coaching, and consultation are offered through one-on-one meetings and group settings. Our services will assist and empower Leadership Center staff, coalitions, and ROSCs to be proficient in the following areas: 

  •  Collaborating with stakeholders 
  •  Assisting local leaders and providers working across the continuum of care 
  •  Assessing community readiness and resources 
  •  Utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework 
  •  Training communities and convening learning collaboratives on network processes 
  •  Providing evidence-based resources and tools across the continuum of care 
  •  Other topics that may address the prevention, intervention, and treatment of opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder 

Resources For You

Please look around the page to locate useful resources for our work.  Please contact Megan Edmondson, Leadership Center Administrator, for more information about technical assistance or our services.

Leadership Centers

The goal of the Leadership Center is to increase knowledge and use of medication-assisted recovery and reduce opioid and stimulant use disorder by working across the Care Continuum and using a systems-based approach. Contact the other Leadership Centers by clicking on the links below. 


Rush University Medical Center
Carle Foundation Hospital
Chestnut Health Systems, Inc
SIU Center for Rural Health

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Model has evolved into a learning framework that applies across disciplines for sustainable and profound change; Project ECHO calls it the “all teach, all learn.” Participants engage in a virtual community with their peers, sharing support, guidance, and feedback. As a result, our collective understanding of disseminating and implementing best practices across diverse disciplines continuously improves and expands.

Sessions will focus on evidence-based and emerging strategies and practices, including stigma, obtaining community buy-in, shifting preconceived notions of those who use and strategies to address the issue of substance use disorder, and overdose prevention. The session consists of a 1-hour total, which includes a 20-minute didactic presentation, then a 5-minute Q&A by a guest presenter, followed by case(s) presentations and peer-to-peer mentoring discussing strategies to address case issues.

Session Schedule - All sessions are from 10 AM until 11 AM on the date listed 
 Click on the title to register.

4/29/24 - Session 1: Veterans and Harm Reduction

5/20/24 - Session 2: Cultural Humility and Harm Reduction

6/24/24 - Session 3: LGBTQ+ and Harm Reduction

7/29/24 - Session 4: Rural Populations and Harm Reduction

8/26/24 - Session 5: Adapting Interventions

9/30/24 - Session 6: Urban Populations and Harm Reduction


Fact Sheets


Leadership Center Networking Guide

RLC Network Development Stakeholders and Resources Log - June 2021

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Resource Guide This technical assistance resource guide was prepared for SAMHSA’s Partners for Recovery Initiative and includes an introduction and background of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care.

SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework Guide

Naloxone NOW

Guard and Discard


Rethink Recovery Campaign This campaign supports one of the main goals of the Leadership Centers, which is to increase medication-assisted recovery, an evidence-based strategy known to decrease opioid use disorder.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held every April and October. It aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Opioid Prevention Campaign: 12 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Addiction The Opioid Prevention Campaign is a public health media campaign to help prevent adolescent substance use. Adolescence remains a critical time for brain development and a vulnerable period for substance use.  The Opioid Prevention Campaign features key information about opioids and guidance for parents and teachers on preventing opioid misuse. The campaign information is available in both Spanish and English.


SAMHSA Guide: Decisions in Recovery Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders These resources were developed by SAMHSA for professional providers and people with substance use disorders to assist with discussing and comparing various treatment options.

Treatment Improvement Protocol: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat OUD—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD. This is a revision.

Evidence-based Practices for Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings This guide focuses on policies and practices that can be implemented to intervene during an individual’s time in the correctional system and upon release that moderate and mitigate the risk of overdose for persons with OUD after release.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in a Pediatric Setting


Technology Transfer Centers The purpose of the SAMHSA-funded Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for substance use disorders and mental illness.

Visible Networks Labs - Network Leadership Webinars

State of Illinois Opioid Response

State of Illinois Overdose Action Plan (March 2022) 

IDHS: Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Overview   

IDPH Opioid Dashboard 

Drug Overdose Deaths

Illinois Overdose Prevention Providers These providers are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) to provide Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) services in Illinois. The OEND programs are registered with the IDHS/SUPR Drug Overdose Prevention Program, which gives them the ability to distribute the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. They can assist individuals and organizations with obtaining naloxone and support substance use treatment programs, human service agencies, and other institutions with establishing their own OEND services.

Project Administrator

Megan Edmondson

Illinois Helpline 833-234-6343 helplineil.org