SUD 101: The If’s & What’s of Substance Use Disorder Basics

June 20, 2024

2 - 2:30 pm ET


A knowledge of substance use disorders and common behavioral symptoms are essential to understanding how to support residents with substance use disorders within the nursing home environment. This webinar will define substance use terminology, examine signs and symptoms and gain an awareness of substance use screening tools that can be used in nursing facilities. The importance of using stigma-free language for providing person centered care will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  1. Distinguish between substance use, misuse, and substance use disorder.
  2. Recognize the signs and symptoms of possible substance use.
  3. Describe how recovery-oriented language can engage and support people with SUDs.



Research Project Manager

Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.