Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project

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Mono County’s Substance Use Task Force is a collaborative gathering of public and private sector community partners with a goal of reducing the adverse effects of harmful substance use. We seek to enhance prevention, treatment and harm reduction services and to reduce stigma.   


A collaborative and cohesive community group that promotes understanding of substance use as a disease and improving treatment and harm reduction access and strategies.


Promote health and dignity for all.

Check us out on Facebook!

Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project Facebook page

Inyo County's Eastern Sierra Harm Reduction Facebook page

Next Meeting:

January 6, 2021
10-11:30 AM



Previous Meetings 

2019 2020 2021

NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Recording of Meeting



October 23, 2019

Meeting Notes

October 6, 2020
Recording of meeting

Meeting agenda and notes



January 22, 2020


Meeting Notes

Substance Use Task Force Member Survey


Upcoming Live Trainings and outreach events


Science Series

Check out upcoming webinars or archived recordings of past webinars

The Northeast Node of the Clinical Trials Network sponsors an academic bimonthly Science Series on the state of the science on addiction and integrated care models, occurring during the lunch hour from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST, and is open to all health and mental health professionals. Continuing Education credits are available for medical professionals (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits approved by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and clinical professionals (1.0 CEU from the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation for allied mental health, substance abuse counselors, social workers) who attend the interactive session.


Please email jcroissant@mono.ca.gov if you have any live trainings to share

Recorded or On-Demand Trainings

Eastern Sierra Substance Use Conference (virtual)

This was an all-day event on December 2, 2020 with 6 speakers, 2 panel sessions (community and professional/community discussion). Topics ranging from MAT, harm reduction, stigma, perinatal substance use, hepatitis and so much more. Event was recorded, see recording link below.

Conference flyer/agenda/panelist info

Facebook Event page 

Recording of Conference
(FYI: 1 hr break for lunch in middle)

Free Motivational Interviewing course through APNA

This three-part presentation is designed to help you learn Motivational Interviewing and how to apply it in your practice. It discusses the core principles of Motivational Interviewing and provides case studies for practice.

Implicit Bias Training: UCLA Implicit training resource site. Take an implicit bias test, review recorded implicit bias training videos and other implicit bias training resources. 

Local Training:

Zoom recording of Naloxone Training by Dr. Tom Boo:

PDF of PowerPoint from training

General training to review Naloxone, harm reduction measures and information about accessing services. This training is required for staff distributing Naloxone to community members through the Mono County Naloxone Distribution Program.

Keynote Presentation: Channeling the Power of Human Connection toward Whole Health

MAT: Medications For Addiction Treatment 8 Hour Waiver Training

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: Online training with Dr. Russ Harris

Applied Empathy in Health Behavior Change

One of many talks at the Agents of Change Summit 2020

Addiction Free CA recorded resource library videos 

Mental Health and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Complicates Current Gaps in Care and What Can Be Done

The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté at TEDxRio+20

Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction, from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power -- nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: "Find your nature and be nice to yourself.

Recommended Articles

New Evidence on Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19 Susceptibility (NIH article)

By Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH


Online curriculums

Specific to Providers/Nurses/first responders:

SUD 101 Core Curriculum 

Chronic Pain Core Curriculum 

Performance-in-Practice (PIP): Improving Clinical Practice with Patients who have Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

ACA and Addiction Treatment and Recovery: What Every Addiction Professional Needs to Know

First Responder Course: Creating Safe Scenes (specific to Mental illness/substance use) 

Substance use pocket guide screening for nurses

Local Resources 

Naloxone (Narcan) for Opioid Overdose

Mono County Behavioral Health Provider Directory

Mono County Behavioral Health Webpage

Mammoth Hospital Behavioral Health Resources

Toiyabe Indian Health Center Substance Abuse Treatment page

Mono County Community Resources Pamphlet (English/Spanish)

New! Mono County Resource Book

Mono County Cannabis Health Education

Mono County Tobacco Education Program

Archived Online Trainings and Resources

Alcohol Use

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Perinatal Substance Use Prevention

ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences) 

NEW: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic (one page handout)

ACE's Aware : The ACEs Aware initiative offers Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs. The two-hour online curriculum is easy to access for a wide range of health care professionals and will provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits.

​​​​​​​​California Department of Health Care Services resources: Trauma Screenings and Trauma-Informed Care Provider Trainings

ACE's Online Learning: Early Trauma Online Learning Course for Practitioners, professionals and volunteers who work with children, young people and their families.

Adverse childhood experiences: What we know, what we don't know, and what should happen next


Mental Health Screening Tools


Opioid Overdose Resource page

Training for RN/APRN's: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders

Medication Assisted Treatment introduction for all and MAT waiver training (different online curriculums for MDs, RNs, and MAs)


Opioid Use + Pregnancy

FACTSHEET - Substance Use and Pregnancy During COVID-19/El Uso de Sustancias y el Embarazo Durante COVID-19/Uso de Substâncias e a Gravidez Durante COVID-19


The Vaping Phenomenon - What It Is, Why It Happened, and What We Can Do About It (Webinar video from Stanford's Health Improvement Program)

APNA Nursing Competencies for Treating Tobacco Use Disorders


Visit Mono County Tobacco Education Program website for cessation resources/trainings and Mono County Prevention Coalition website for meeting information and trainings.



Social Stigma Toward Persons With Prescription Opioid Use Disorder: Associations With Public Support for Punitive and Public Health–Oriented Policies