A brief overview of the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) initiative which connects clinical specialty providers such as addiction medicine experts with primary care providers through multi-point video conferencing technology. The model uses case-based learning where the speciallists combine brief lectures on clinical topics with case presentations and work with the primary care providers to enhance their knowledge and ability to treat conditions such as opioid use disorder. Project ECHO began in 2003 in New Mexico but now operates throughout the United States and internationally. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.
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Implementing an Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program at Community Health Centers
Source: Urban Institute
This 2018 evaluation of a pilot program to develop integrated medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs at community health centers (CHCs) describes the lessons learned by 10 CHCs as they implemented new MAT programs at their clinics in California.
The COVID-19 public health emergency is particularly challenging for people in treatment for substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who use drugs. This collection features educational resources that can be adapted for local settings, specific guidance on harm reduction, recovery housing and providing peer support services during the pandemic, and links to websites that provide high-quality information, data, and/or examples for local communities to adopt.
Tips for Talking about Opioids and Pain with Patients
Health care providers often request guidance on how to have conversations with patients about opioids, pain treatment, addiction and other topics that may be challenging. In this collection, we have gathered materials that provide support to providers as they have these difficult conversations.
Medication Assisted Treatment – Primary Care Providers and Health Care Clinics
Efforts to expand patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) often focus on enhancing the ability of primary care providers and health care clinics to offer MAT treatment. This collection features resources intended to help primary care providers and clinic staff establish and maintain MAT programs for their patients.
Syringe Distribution Programs Can Improve Public Health During the Opioid Overdose Crisis
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
This issue brief explores syringe services programs (SSPs) and how they can improve public health. The paper describes the benefits of SSPs such as reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis C infections among people who use drugs, increases in SSP participants engagement in substance use disorder treatment, and the lack of relationship between SSP programs and increased criminal activity.
Dental School SBIRT Curriculum: Foundational Training for SUDs
Source: Opioid Response Network
This resource links to 2 free trainings on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) interventions for dental and healthcare providers offered by HealthEKnowledge.
California Bridge Resources
Source: California Bridge
The California Bridge Resources page is a searchable database of California Bridge’s evidence-based materials including clinical guides, protocols, toolkits, sample patient materials, and FAQs. All resources in the California Bridge database have been developed by interdisciplinary teams based on published evidence and expert opinion.
Caring for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care Settings: Proceedings of a Workshop
Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
This report details the findings from NASEM’s workgroup on providing substance use disorder and behavioral health care in primary care settings.
Coercion Related to Mental Health and Substance Use in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Toolkit for Screening, Assessment and Brief Counseling in Primary Care and Behavioral Health Settings
Source: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health
This trauma-informed toolkit assists clinicians in screening patients or clients for coercion related to mental health and substance use in the context of intermate partner violence. Created by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health, the toolkit is intended to be used for screening, assessment and brief intervention in healthcare, mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings.