Free Workshop on Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders – January 25

Substance use disorders are often underrecognized, underdiagnosed, and undertreated within primary health care settings. To improve outcomes, there has been an emphasis on integrating behavioral healthcare and medication-assisted treatment within these settings. During this didactic and interactive presentation, an expert panel from Symetria Recovery will discuss topics related to the medical treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders, bio-psycho-social causes, the impact of co-occurring disorders, and the role of psychiatric care in treatment. They will identify some of the root causes, improved treatment strategies, and enhanced tools available to help patients pursue and maintain a meaningful recovery. Attendees will leave with an enhanced knowledge of best practices and comprehensive treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders.

Although this free event is geared towards clinicians and addiction treatment professionals, interested community members are welcome to attend as well. The following types of CEUs will be provided for free:

  • 5.5 CEUs for for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses
  • 5.5 IAODAPCA CEUs for the following categories: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, NCRS II, CFPP II, CVSS II

Continental breakfast, provided courtesy of Chicago Behavioral Hospital, will be available from 8:30-9:00 AM. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Symetria Recovery. More details and event registration are available online. Advance registration is requested as seating for this event is limited.

Comprehensive Treatment and Evidence-Based Outcomes for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders
Friday, January 25, 2019
9 AM-4 PM
Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines

MaineStreamers Senior Expo – April 25

The 13th annual MaineStreamers “Swing into Spring” Senior Expo is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles.

Our Expo is designed to link seniors who need services with vendors who provide them. The event is expected to draw close to 2,000 people. We invite you to showcase your business at our award-winning Senior Expo, which promises to be an excellent opportunity for you to gain exposure for your business while reaching a concentrated audience of older adults.

For more details visit our Senior Expo webpage.

Free Community Education Seminar on Raising Resilient and Drug-Free Kids – February 5

Join us to learn more about teaching resiliency and responsibility at an early age. Parents are the first line of defense in preventing their children from experimenting and using drugs. It is never too early to lay the foundation for a drug-free lifestyle. This informative session guides parents to teach resiliency skills to their 3rd to 8th grader, better equipping him/her to make good decisions.

This free event will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM and is sponsored by Maine Township’s MaineStay Youth & Family Services and Chicago Behavioral Hospital. It is appropriate for community members and professionals and includes 1.5 free CEUs for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. Check in will be from 6:30-7:00 PM. Advance registration is requested as seating for this event is limited.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items (canned fruit, tuna, and ravioli are especially needed) to donate to the Maine Township Food Pantry.

Find out more information or register.

Township Responds to Landings Fire

Our hearts go out to all the victims of the fire that tragically struck the Landings this weekend and particularly to the friends and family of the deceased. Numerous fire departments from all over the northwest and Northern suburbs came to the aid of the North-Maine Fire Department to battle the blaze. We thank each and every one of them as well as all CERT teams, OEM, Highway Department, and the Salvation Army.

Maine Township is providing Landings residents effected by the fire with food boxes; personal toiletries, socks, etc.; shelter assistance; and supplemental assistance as we band together to try to assist our residents. Please stop by the Maine Township Town Hall at 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge between the hours of 9-5 Monday-Friday and inquire at the General Assistance entrance or in the garage.

We also have a donation box inside the Maine Township Town Hall for (preferably) new clothing items, toiletries, white goods, blankets, etc. which will be given to victims of the Landings fire. Donations can also be sent through a GoFundMe page.

Please call 847-297-2510 with any additional questions.