Stigma Course for County Executives: Addressing the Stigma around Substance Use Disorders

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Developed by Addiction Policy Forum and County Executives of America (CEA)

Substance use disorders (SUD) are some of the most stigmatized health conditions worldwide. Stigma creates barriers to healthcare and leads to lower engagement and retention in addiction treatment. 

This course provides an introduction to the latest research around SUD and criminal justice stigma. Participants will also learn from leading experts on stigma within the SUD and criminal justice fields about the manifestation of stigma at the structural and individual level and innovations to reduce stigma.

  • Course goals: Improve knowledge about the experiences of stigma among individuals with a substance use disorder and that are justice-involved. 
  • Lessons learned: Different types of stigma, the social construct of stigma, and strategies to address stigma. 
  • Audience: County Executives, County Judges, Parish and Borough Presidents, City-County Mayors, Commission Presidents and Chairs, and all county leaders.
  • Length: 30 minutes
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Addiction Policy Forum and County Executives of America (CEA)

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Certificate of Completion: Yes

Est. Time to Complete: 30 Min.

Difficulty Level: Beginner/Basic