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An ever-expanding array of training resources including practice briefs, videos, webinars, and curated resource links to help mental health professionals’ better address the needs of consumers impacted and affected by HIV. Descriptions for each unique resource can be found below. Search by topic or profession using the menus below.

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This toolkit helps service providers for the aging learn more about mental illness and substance use disorders in older adults, including focus on alcohol and medication use. It provides tools such as a program coordinator's guide, suggested curricula, and handouts. is a new interactive website that visualizes the first standardized state-level estimates of people with past or current Hepatitis C infection across the United States. is a Powered By AIDSVu project, using the existing infrastructure to help visualize complex data to inform public health.


This systematic review is the first to attempt a comprehensive identification and synthesis of the available evidence on interventions for reducing problematic substance use among transgender persons. This review also discusses barriers to intervention design and synthesizes treatment recommendations for future work.


The objective of this study is to conduct an evidence synthesis of the clinical effectiveness of behavioural change interventions to reduce risky sexual behaviour among MSM after a negative HIV infection test, to identify the components within interventions that are most effective in reducing HIV risk-related behaviours and to develop a candidate intervention.


The SAMHSA Spotlight Series highlights different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities, explores strategies for developing trauma-informed communities, and discusses the consequences of trauma and adversity for clients


As a part of its comprehensive strategy to address the opioid use crisis and overdose epidemic in the United States, SAMHSA launched a new interactive tool for consumers. Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder supports people with opioid use disorder in making informed decisions about their care and treatment choices.


This resource reviews evidence from prospective cohort studies of the relationship between hormone therapy and changes in psychological functioning and quality of life in transgender individuals accessing hormone therapy over time.


This booklet provides information on emotional wellbeing and mental health for people living with HIV. There are things you can do to look after your emotional health, and a lot of help available if you do experience problems. Treatment for depression, anxiety and many other mental health problems can be very effective.


Many social, environmental, and economic factors converge to cause barriers and challenges that complicate HIV prevention and treatment for individuals living in rural areas. To help overcome these challenges, a new toolkit on HIV prevention and care for people living in rural areas is available from the HRSA-supported Rural Health Information Hub.


A guide to adaptation of the Personalized Cognitive Counseling intervention for trans women who have sex with men. This guide is not a substitute to attending the PCC training of facilitators. Attending the PCC training of facilitators is a prerequisite for PCC implementation and adaptation.


This tool contains practical advice on implementing HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes with transgender people. It is based on recommendations in the Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, published in 2014 by the World Health Organization.


The UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health has created an online training that is aimed to improve care for transgender/gender non-conforming patients, a population that continues to experience significant health care disparities due to discrimination and societal stigma. 


NCHHSTP AtlasPlus gives you the power to access data reported to CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Use HIV, viral hepatitis, STD, and TB data to create maps, charts, and detailed reports, and analyze trends and patterns.


The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan) is our nation’s battle plan for fighting viral hepatitis in the United States. The updated plan outlines strategies to achieve four major goals and includes indicators to help track progress between now and 2020. 


PLWHA are living longer lives, and we are just beginning to understand the long-term effects of the disease and associated treatments. The HIV and Aging Toolkit contains information, tools, and research to help guide mental health practitioners as they support whole-person care.


The CDC's Prevention Research Synthesis Project's Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention has constructed an e-training toolkit to support HIV medication adherence for clinical and non-clinical HIV providers who serve persons living with HIV (PLWH). 


Holding brief conversations with HIV-infected patients on a regular basis about risk reduction benefits both the patient and provider by fostering trust and empathy, and helping to build a therapeutic relationship. Once providers are aware of patients’ behaviors, they can then talk openly about them, as well as offer advice to help patients reduce their risk of transmitting HIV to others.


The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 is a result of contributions of people living with HIV; community groups and national organizations; providers from various disciplines; researchers; and other individuals working with Federal agencies, State, Tribal, and local governments to make their voices heard. 


This guide was created by the CDC to help you determine the STD's risk among your patients. The impact of STDs on a patient’s health can range from irritating to life threatening. Sexual health can greatly impact overall quality of life. 


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) charged the Center for Integrated Health Solutions to identify and disseminate core competencies on integrated practice relevant to behavioral health and primary care providers.


This guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.


This work from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aims to identify and characterize empirical studies of strategies for the comprehensive management of women over 40, including transgender women, who live with HIV/AIDS.


This SAMHSA resource assists behavioral health professionals in understanding the impact and consequences for those who experience trauma. Discusses patient assessment, treatment planning strategies that support recovery, and building a trauma-informed care workforce.


SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS): CIHS promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in behavioral health or primary care provider settings.


SAMHSA has released a series of PSAs specifically targeting the Hispanic/Latino communities about the five signs of emotional distress and where to find help


Join this webinar to learn how behavioral health providers and health systems are effectively addressing HIV, substance use treatment and primary care together. Presenters from SAMHSA-funded providers will share their best practices and how they overcame real-world barriers while integrating behavioral health treatment and HIV care. 


This work aims to identify and characterize empirical studies of strategies for the comprehensive management of women over 40, including transgender women, who live with HIV/AIDS


This month, Project Inform launches a new provider resource aimed at improving the health of people who inject drugs: Hepatitis C Infection and People Who Inject Drugs.


Read this joint report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the National Council for Behavioral Health on the importance of implementing behavioral health screening in HIV care settings


APA's SmokeScreen free mobile app is a resource for psychologists and other health care professionals who provide clinical care and services to clients, especially to clients from health priority populations. APA SmokeScreen helps health professionals take their clients struggling to quit tobacco go from “underserved” to “understood."


"The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences."


Visit this new online training platform,, aimed at helping medical professionals reduce racial bias and increase the quality of care they provide to black gay men and black men who have sex with men


Read this CDC Issue Brief about the unique ways that HIV affects transgender communities 


It is important for HIV services for transgender people to address the specific biological, psychological, and social needs of this population. Transgender HIV Testing Toolkit, consisting of five modules designed to reflect the most current HIV prevention research and best practices for serving trans and gender non-binary people


From AETC, this video examines risk assessment for acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection among older adults.  It discusses the role of PrEP as a prevention measure to avoid acquisition of HIV infection


From AETC, this video provides providers with basic principles to consider when taking a sexual history on an older adult.


Here is a list of symptoms, or side effects, that some people experience when they start taking HIV medications, along with some suggestions for what you can do at home to manage them


PrEP Locator is a national directory of providers of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in the U.S., and serves as a repository for information regarding PrEP prescribers in both public and private practices.


A step-by-step instruction guide for exercises geared toward older adults focusing on strength, flexibility and balance


The Mini-Cog is a simple Alzheimer’s disease screening tool that is well accepted and takes up to only 3 minutes to administer (read more)


A brief screening test for depression in the elderly (read more


An interview with Dr. Tonya Taylor discussing the challenges specific to aging women of color living with HIV. 


CEBACC is a new national technical resource with a special focus on young for Black men who have sex with men (MSM) ages 13–24


HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have increased risk of hospitalisation with anxiety and mood disorders, a risk factor for later mortality


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Read this special issue of the HIV Specialist produced in parntership with the American Psychological Association 


Video series to help providers better understand the specific barriers and overall experiences of trans women through personal stories


Resources from the CDC highlighting the importance of addressing health literacy issues for older adults. 


A Report on Overcoming Stigma for Older Americans


A SAMHSA toolkit highlighting activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide among seniors. 


Screening Tools from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions


Why We Need A Holistic Approach to Eliminate Racial Disparities in HIV/AIDS


This survey is the first to examine refusal of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a national scale.


The Zero Suicide is a set of strategies and tools that support a commitment to suicide prevention.


A resource on using preferred language to decrease stigma.


PDF resource sponsored by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.


View Identifying Medications that Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution: the 2012 American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria


This chart provides information on side effects for drugs commonly prescribed to PLWHA.


A series of real stories from real people about their unique experiences along the HIV Continuum of Care.


Transgender women are among the highest at-risk for HIV. This video series helps providers better understand the specific barriers and overall experiences of trans women through personal accounts about disclosure, discrimination, and more.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of the nation's substance abuse and mental health data.


This website serves as a comprehensive repository of up-to-date adherence resources. From patient tools to new research findings to updates on related policies, the website provides a wealth of information for the health care community on medication adherence. 


This is a clinical resource to educate mental health care providers on depression and HIV/AIDS. It provides screening and diagnoses recommendations and discusses comorbidities and medication management.   


With a unique focus on women and girls, this resource from The Well Project provides information on depression among women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWHA). It details symptoms of depression, it's link to violence among WLWHA, other issues that can impact depression, and treatment options.  


An executive summary by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from the one-day meeting held with experts on trauma treatment and research to discuss implementing care practices that address trauma in HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).


SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. 


This training is designed for the wide range of medical and health professionals who administer HIV tests in clinical settings. It is designed to accommodate learners with different backgrounds and varying levels of expertise in HIV testing.


A new UN publication was launched to enable governments, public-health officials, programme managers, NGOs and health workers to create and improve HIV prevention programmes for transgender people. 


A Center partner, APA (psychiatry) coordinates HIV/AIDS-related education, training and support activities for various audiences including psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and allied professionals.


A Center partner, APA (psychology) provides information, training and technical assistance on a wide range of HIV/AIDS-related topics in support of psychologists and allied professionals.


A Center partner, NASW provides necessary HIV and mental health practice skills for people working in social work, mental health, and substance abuse fields to enhance and promote culturally competent practice with individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

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