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Translating Local Innovation Into Statewide Policy: Lessons From a Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Prior Authorization Pilot in Camden, New Jersey

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers

In 2017 the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers began a pilot in partnership with local addiction treatment providers and UnitedHealthCare to see if removing prior authorization requirements for buprenorphine would reduce barriers to treatment and improve patient and system outcomes.

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Monitoring and Changing Behavior: The Role of PMP Data in Kentucky Drug Courts

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis

A 2011 report about how Kentucky’s drug courts access and use data from the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) from the PDMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University.

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Summaries of Research on Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Everyday, researchers publish the results of their important work surrounding many of the issues around addiction, addiction treatment, and recovery. Unfortunately, much of this research is published in proprietary journals that may be difficult for students, policymakers, patients and caregivers to access. The Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, regularly reviews this literature and publishes easy-to-read summaries of key research. This featured collection provides a link to the Recovery Research Institute’s webpage that hosts these summaries as well as links to several studies that may be of particular interest to CLOUD visitors.

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Arizona Enhanced Opioid Data Surveillance

Arizona’s Department of Health Services adopted an enhanced opioid data surveillance program that requires first responders and health care providers to report suspected opioid overdoses, suspected opioid overdose deaths, naloxone distribution, and naloxone administration through an electronic reporting system. Providers are also required to report suspected cases of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (neonatal abstinence syndrome). In addition, the state provides blood testing from suspected opioid overdoses by the public health laboratory and has a real time opioid data online dashboard. Links the project website, copies of the executive order and regulations, frequently asked questions, and implementation guides are available below.

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Arizona’s 50 State Review on Opioid Policy

The Arizona Department of Health Services prepared this 2017 review of opioid related policies in all 50 states to assist decision-makers in evaluating potential policy actions. The review includes appendices which address topics such as prescribing regulations and guidelines, data collection, state substance abuse task forces, and state emergency response declarations. The reports are available for download below.

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Value of Peers

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This presentation slide deck briefly reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of peer support specialists who provide mental health, substance use disorder, and family and caregiver support.

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Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This reports provides a summary of key findings from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health which measures national indicators of substance use and mental health among noninstitutionalized individuals 12 and older. The national indicators focus on tobacco use, alcohol use, kratom use, illicit drug use, initiation of substance use, perceived risk from substance use, substance use disorders, major depressive episodes, any mental illness, serious mental illness, co-occurring major depressive episode and substance use disorder, and perceived recovery. Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Rural Community Toolbox: Funding & Tools to Build Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities

Source: Office of National Drug Control Strategy

The Rural Community Toolbox website, created by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, provides resources to fight addiction in rural communities. The toolbox provides information about funding opportunities and technical assistance offered by 16 federal departments and agencies.

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Data Sources and Data-Linking Strategies to Support Research to Address the Opioid Crisis: Final Report

A comprehensive report on strategies to use data to inform policies to address the opioid crisis from the Rand Corporation. The report includes a review of national opioid policy priorities, reviews existing research and commonly used data sources to support these policy priorities, categorizes and describes existing data sources, and describes challenges to using data to address opioid-related issues along with strategies to address these challenges.

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