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Best Practices
Best Practices 2017 August 28 - August 31, 2017
Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH

2017 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment 


This page provides some general information regarding our upcoming Best Practices School. 

Program Information

This four-day event gives addiction professionals the opportunity to combine in-depth study of an area of special interest with the opportunity to learn in a wilderness setting. The program includes advanced clinical and administrative skilled-based treatment in best practices and evidence-based practices treatment approaches, as well as a current and emerging best opioid treatment practices, clinical supervision and management training.

The highly popular program site, the Waterville Valley Resort & Conference Center, is nestled in a secluded area of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Valley offers indoor and outdoor swimming, tennis and racquetball courts, a nine-hole golf course, and hiking trails. Free time has been set aside so students can enjoy these facilities on designated evenings and afternoons.

Each year, the New England Institute welcomes new participants and previous participants. We invite you to join us this year for intensive and stimulating studies, networking, and relaxing in one of the most beautiful parts of New England!

Participants will choose from a wide variety of intensive, research-based courses. 

Online registration will be available under the "Best Practices" menu on this website later this spring.

Partial State Scholarship Assistance

Most New England state agencies provide some partial scholarship assistance to support some selected attendees. Application must be made to your state agency for schoalrship assistance. These applications will be posted very shortly; look for the "Scholarship" link under the "Best Practices" menu on this website.



Designed with the seasoned behavioral health professional in mind, this event offers training on evidence-based and promising approaches specific to addressing addiction. The courses offered are intended to appeal to a wide array of professionals working in diverse settings. In addition to clinical and clinical supervision topics, course offerings this year will again address macro area of addiction and behavioral practice such as fiscal oversight and developing effective management skills. 

Complete course information will be posted by early summer on this website.

Program Format

The four-day program is a combination of daily plenary events and intensive workshops totaling up to 32 contact hours.

SPECIAL THANKS to the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown University for their support with many courses.

Professional Certification

The New England Institute is a recognized Sponsor of Continuing Education Activities by the Maine State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is a pre-approved provider of the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals.  As such, this program is approved for up to 32.5 Continuing Education contact hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR.

Application will be made for social worker professional certification.

Application will be made for licensed mental health counselor certification. 

Best Practices School Program Sponsors

For 48 years, NEIAS summer school programs have been a collaborative effort of the New England Institute and partners at the New England state drug and alcohol abuse agencies and training entities. Special thanks to this year's program sponsors for their outstanding assistance with planning, logistics and financial support:

State Agency Partners

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Training Partners


Tuition Costs:

  • $635 - Full Four Days 
  • $485 - Three Days
  • $360 - Two Days
  • $210 - One Day

Additional fees:

  • $50 Additional Fee for DOT SAP course (covers materials and consulting)
  • Those wishing to take the DOT SAP exam on site will pay exam costs directly.


The tuition cost covers:
·  All educational activities and contact hours;
·  Breakfast, lunches and breaks at the conference center during the program. Dinner is on your own.
·  Lodging is a separate fee.


Lodging Costs

Lodging rates range from $80/night for a single bedroom in a shared condominium to a variety of traditional hotel rooms from $94.01 to $105.86/night, and family style one-bedroom hotel rooms with full kitchens range from $118.81/night to $146.06/night. Further details are provided later in this document if you wish to make a direct lodging reservation now.

LODGING IS A SEPARATE FEE FROM TUITION. Please note that all types of lodging are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Lodging Information 


Town Square Condominiums:


Town Square Condominium lodging is available ONLY for those participants arriving Sunday, August 27 and staying 4 nights, departing on Thursday, August 31.
. Town Square housing is shared housing with other Best Practices participants in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condominium with kitchen and living room.


The cost for Town Square Housing is:

·  Single Bedroom ($80 per night night) in a shared Condominium, and is only available for people staying for nights


Those wishing to stay in the Town Square Condominiums should indicate this choice on their Best Practices School registration form.




A variety of lodging options are available for single, double, or family occupancy.


Participants who wish to stay in one of the following hotels should make direct reservations by calling the phone numbers or follow the links below to reserve rooms by July 30, 2017. Note that you are with the New England Institute of Addiction Studies group to get the group rates listed. Rates include taxes. At reservation, please be sure to clarify cancellation policies directly with your hotel.

* Important note about Amenities/Activity Passes: Activities Passes may be requested at the Silver Fox Inn or the Valley Inn. If you wish to reserve a room that includes an activities pass your rate will be higher than at the rate below. Inquire at reservation time.) 


All hotels are within walking distance of the conference center, or ample parking is available for those wishing to drive. Additional details about the various lodging facilities can be found by using the links to their web sites.


Traditional hotel rooms:


* Silver Fox Inn (603) 236-3699

  • $94.01/night or 
  • $105.86/night with Amenities/Activity Pass  

* Valley Inn (603) 236-8425 or (800) 343-0969

  • $94.01/night or
  • $105.86/night with Amenities/Activity Pass 

Hotels with condominium efficiency units with full kitchens:

  • Black Bear Lodge ($124.26 - $146.06): (603) 236-4501 or (800) 349-BEAR (2327)

In addition to above properties offering group rates to NEIAS participants, you can view other options within the Waterville Valley Resort at:


Tuition Payment Policy


Payment, or payment authorization is due at the time of registration in the form of a credit card, check or money order. We also accept purchase orders and letters authorized by your agency/company. Complete payment information about how the remaining balance will be paid (credit card authorization, agency purchase order, or agency letter authorizing billing) must be provided if payment is not made with registration. NOTE: This also applies to people seeking scholarship support. Most scholarships pay only partial school tuition and we MUST have payment information to process your school application.


Checks may be made out to NEIAS and mailed to: NEIAS, PO Box 742, Augusta, ME 04332. Please be sure your name and a reference to Best Practices School is on the check.


Purchase orders or agency letters authorizing billing may be sent to, faxed to 207-623-0556, or mailed to NEIAS, PO Box 742, Augusta, ME 04332.


Please note that our address changed in late 2014!


Tuition Cancellation and Refund Policy


  • Cancellations received in writing by August 18 are fully refunded except for a $20 application processing fee. Written cancellations may be emailed to SPECIAL NOTE TO AGENCIES PAYING TUITION: Registrations secured by purchase order or agency authorization letter will be liable for the cancellation and refund policy.
  • No refunds from August 18 on. (Although agencies may replace attendees with another staff member during that time period).


Registration Substitutions

Agencies wishing to substitute participants may call us at 207-621-2549 or e-mail to Please clearly state who is replacing whom. The substitute is required to send a completed Best Practices School application to the New England Institute at the time a written substitution is being submitted. Substitutes wishing to replace scholarship recipients MUST check with their scholarship funding source.

Grievance Procedure

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with continuing education ethics, as required by organizations that provide its professional certifications.

Those encountering programmatic or administrative issues on site or during program preparation are urged to contact NEIAS staff immediately, so their issues may be addressed as proactively as possible during the program.

Participants with specific complaints about any aspect of program administration outcomes, including payments, refunds, contact hours, or other issues, are asked to submit their grievance to Denise Adams, NEIAS Director, at or 207-621-2549. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the director may request review and response from the organization's leadership. Responses may include refund, acknowledgment, apology, or other appropriate measures.



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