Peer Support Services for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Substance use disorder in families often leads to involvement in child welfare systems. Research shows that removal of a child from a family is traumatic for both the child and parents and can impede the parent’s journey to recovery. Many programs now employ family peer mentors or recovery specialists to work with the families on their treatment plan, connect parents and children to services and resources, and provide support as they go through a difficult process.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Medicaid Acupuncture Pilot Project Outcomes Report

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: State of Vermont - Department of Vermont Health Access

This 2017 report to the Vermont legislature summarizes the findings of a pilot study of providing acupuncture to Medicaid patients with chronic pain.

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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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Policy Evaluation: Substance Use Disorders

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This 2019 review from Oregon’s Drug Use Research & Management Program examined whether removing Medicaid prior authorization requirements for medication assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use

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Efficacy for Use of Detoxification Alone as a Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Evidence Ranking: Problematic

Source: Center for Evidence-based Policy

State officials participating in the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project requested this rapid evidence review on the role of inpatient or residential detoxification for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). As this 2-page document states, research is clear and addiction experts agree that detoxification alone is not a stand-alone treatment for OUD, but is merely the first step in a providing an individualized treatment plan which may include medication assisted treatment.

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Yellow Line Project

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Yellow Line Project-Blue Earth County, Minnesota

Website for the Yellow Line Project in Blue Earth County, Minnesota which is a collaboration between law enforcement, human services and care providers to improve coordination and access to treatment for individuals with substance use or mental health conditions in lieu of in incarceration.

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Peer Support for Youth

Addressing substance use disorder (SUD) and the trauma that often precedes it in youth is a priority for treatment providers, parents, caregivers, and community leaders. Many leaders have found that youth have a special ability and role to play in helping their peers. In this collection, CLOUD provides resources that focus on youth providing peer support to other youth and young adults.

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