The CAM Academy’s mission is to educate and train health professionals and the community on how to implement comprehensive and coordinated trauma-informed treatment of substance use disorders. Our overarching goal is to provide this specialized education and consultation across Colorado and the surrounding region, supporting Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming. To do so, we must design/renovate an existing building into a warm and friendly non-clinical trauma-informed physical space for the CAM Academy, including: a welcoming entry way, lobby, and reception desk, with beautiful signage. To support the creation of warm and welcoming ambiance we will upgrade the training and break out rooms, the professional conference room, the administrative offices, restrooms, and breakroom. New AV/IT equipment and furniture will be included. This space will allow for distance learning capabilities as well as onsite trainings. CAM Academy will be used to engage the healthcare workforce, community members, and individuals with lived experience in identifying needs and solutions, ramp up operations and educational efforts, and launch an annual conference focused on treating substance use disorders. Additionally, CAM Academy will work on program development by partnering with existing Denver Health subject matter experts to begin curricula development and ensure it sufficiently addresses national best practices. For example, CAM utilizes definitions and referrals based on American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria, establishing hub-and-spoke models of addiction treatment, addressing Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery which includes a principle that ‘recovery is supported by addressing trauma’, and covering SAMHSA’s six principles of Trauma-Informed Care. Denver Health currently has subject matter experts, clinicians, peer specialis
ts, and integration of community voice that can form a rigorous body of trainers to translate knowledge and experience into training and technical assistance for expanding efforts and enhancing trauma-informed addiction medicine services both internally and across the region. Developing a learning management system and workshop materials will be included. The CAM Academy will become a vital agent for change in the region as it educates, trains, and prepares healthcare workers, administrators, and community members to care holistically for individuals with a substance use disorder.