Policymakers & Community Leaders

Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices Supplement

Source: United States Office of National Drug Control Policy

This supplement to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Rural Community Action Guide provides brief summaries of state and local initiatives to address substance use disorder as well as links to project websites and additional information. It serves as an excellent guide for state and local policy makers and community leaders interested in programs or initiatives they could implement or adapt for their own communities.

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Opioid Use Disorder: Barriers to Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Access to Treatment Medications

Source: United States Government Accountability Office

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has prioritized expanding access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) as an evidence-based treatment. Because many individuals with OUD are Medicaid beneficiaries, this U.S. Governmental Accountability Office report looked at state Medicaid policies and state and federal laws that might act as a barrier to Medicaid patients accessing MAT.

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National Drug Control Strategy: National Treatment Plan for Substance Use Disorder (2020)

Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy - Executive Office of the President of the United States

The 2018 Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act required the Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop a plan to expand treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) in the United States.

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National Drug Control Strategy (2020)

Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy - Executive Office of the President of the United States

The 2020 National Drug Control Strategy from the Executive Office of the President of the United States describes 9 goals targeting 3 focus areas: prevention; treatment and recovery; and reducing the availability of illicit drugs in America.

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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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Rural Community Toolbox Fact Sheet

Source: Office of National Drug Control Strategy

This 2-page fact sheet details the Rural Community Toolbox produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This fact sheet explains the resources included in the toolbox and explains the toolbox development process.

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Patients & Caregivers

Best Practices for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Recovery Housing

Source: Ohio Recovery Housing

This guide details considerations for providing safe, sober recovery housing for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It includes information to reduce stigma, information about common experiences of discrimination and lack of access to supportive care, and specific LGBTQ+ focused recovery supports.

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The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African-American Population: An Urgent Issue

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The opioid crisis has affected Black/African American communities in the United States. This report includes data on the prevalence of opioid use and the rate of overdose death in this population, a discussion of the contextual factors that impact the opioid crisis in these communities including lack of access to early intervention and treatment,

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How Community Health Centers are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Source: Milbank Memorial Fund

This case study profiles how a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in New York provides integrated medical and behavioral health care services for individuals with opioid addiction.

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Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Provider Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Source: Higher Ground Harm Reduction, Reynolds Health Strategies, Harm Reduction Coalition, & Vital Strategies

This 2-page guide details harm reduction and syringe exchange programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information for people who use drugs about safe use during the pandemic, as well as guidance for syringe exchange and harm reduction providers on safe operations during this time.

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