OBH Offers Family-Focused Training to Substance Use Providers


Sixty-four Colorado treatment clinicians, peer specialists and prevention providers are now trained facilitators of CRAFT-P (Community Reinforcement And Family Training and Prevention), an evidence-based practice for providers working with families of people with substance use issues. OBH hosted two training sessions in July.

The training is part of OBH’s efforts to increase family-centered prevention and early intervention capacity within the substance use disorder workforce to prevent, mitigate and reduce opioid misuse in community. Trained facilitators can provide family-focused group and individual sessions for families of people who use substances to encourage their loved ones to enter treatment. 

Facilitators were taught how to deliver the CRAFT-P program, including understanding substance-using behavior, domestic violence precautions, positive communication skills, problem-solving skills, the use of positive reinforcement, natural consequences, how to help the family member enrich their own lives, and inviting the individual who uses substances into treatment. 

Trained individuals will be working with their Managed Service Organizations to bring CRAFT-P groups to their locations. CRAFT-P facilitators were also trained in the administration of naloxone, a opioid overdose reversal medication. OBH has been working the CRAFT model developer, Dr. Robert Meyers, to add an opioid overdose reversal medication procedure to the standard CRAFT-P training to teach family members signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer this medication.

OBH implements CRAFT-P through funding received through SAMHSA’s State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant.