MAT Provider Support Learning Collaborative Webinar Series

About the Training
Illinois has been affected by the opioid epidemic, much like the rest of the country. There have been significant efforts to increase Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the state, but questions still surround MAT. The Illinois Primary Health Care Association is excited to announce the upcoming Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Provider Support Learning Collaborative. This learning collaborative will provide insight into best practices, how to treat SUD in special populations, establishing office work flows, referral and networking coordination, and several other topics. 

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from colleagues around the state and each session will be followed by a peer-to peer Q&A opportunity. 

This series is designed for Clinical Providers (MD/DO, NP, PA, RN, LCSW, LCPC, and Psychologists), Peer Recovery Specialists, and Care Coordinators. For more information contact Staci Ashmore,

Tentative Agenda»

Treating Special Populations Part 2: Rural Patients and People Experiencing Homelessness
Date: January 30, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar

Treating Patients with Co-Occuring Disorders
Date: February 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar

Urine Drug Testing and Analysis
Date: March 19, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar


Referral & Network Coordination 
Date: April 16, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar

Best Practices in Care Coordination, Patient Follow-up & Retention
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar

Peer Support Webinar Series

Peer Support Part 1: What Is It? How Can It Benefit Behavioral Health Programs?
Date: January 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar

Participants will hear from Rich Jones, MA, MBA, LCAS, SAP, Executive Director, Favor Greenville. Mr. Jones will discuss the history of the peer recovery support model and building the foundation to successfully implement peer support specialist in a variety of behavioral health settings. Mr. Jones will provide tools on how to overcome challenges of implementation and encourage participants by sharing team successes with the help of peer recovery specialist. 

Rich Jones, MA, MBA, LCAS, SAP, Executive Director, Favor Greenville

Peer Support Part 2: Implementing the Peer Support Recovery Model in Community Health Centers
Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central)
Location: Webinar


Participants will have the opportunity to hear from two Illinois Community Health Center who are currently implementing the peer recovery support model within their behavioral health service programs. Presenters will share successes and tools in developing a strong peer recovery program. Q &A will be held at the end of the presentation.


Stop the Bleed: Emergency Preparedness Training

Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: IPHCA Institute for Learning
500 S. Ninth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

This training is sponsored by the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team and is available to members and non-members at no charge.

About the Training
This course utilizes the American College of Surgeons STOP the Bleed curriculum. This includes the identification of life threatening bleeding and hands on practice of direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application.   

Mary Connelly, BSN, RN, Director, Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team
Mary Connelly is a registered nurse with an extensive background as an Emergency Department Nurse and EMS Coordinator in the Chicago EMS system. Mary currently serves as the Director of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT). Mary is a recognized subject matter expert in mass casualty disaster planning and response. Mary led the effort in developing guidelines for establishing and operating Alternate Care Sites in the state. Mary was a recent recipient of the IDPH Director’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution in improving emergency preparedness and response and for her lifelong commitment to public service.

Adult Mental Health First Aid
Date: June 10, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: Rend Lake College Marketplace Training Center
Room 354A
321 Potomac Blvd.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

More Information»

This training is provided in partnership with Hoyleton Youth & Family Services.

Training Fee
IPHCA Members: $20.00
Non-Members: $25.00

This training is limited to 29 attendees, so be sure to register at your earliest convenience!

About the Training
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Target Audience

Front office staff, security personal, peer support specialists, case managers, community health workers, volunteers, and anyone who has direct contact with patients and the community. 

Allison Hoshide, Mental Health Prevention Specialist, Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

Questions? Contact Staci Ashmore, IPHCA Grants Program Coordinator,, or (217) 541-7420.


IPHCA Springfield Office
500 S. Ninth St., Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 541-7300

IPHCA Chicago Office

542 S. Dearborn St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL  60605
(312) 692-3000