Mobile Technology to Improve Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorders

  • Eileen Zeller, MPH, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Rockville, MD
  • Amy Shanahan, MS, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dolores Justice, MA, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

This workshop will explore working with patients experiencing co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) and suicidal behavior. The presenters will describe the connection between substance use and vulnerability to suicide and will also provide guidance on conducting a suicide assessment and triage and demonstrate the use of the Suicide Safe mobile app. Various app features will be explored as tools to improve clinical practice, and the workshop will highlight a case study from the app focused on suicidal behavior in a person with SUD. The presenters will also describe a new mobile app that supports medication assisted treatment, especially among opioid users.

*Foundations of MAT


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