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. Continue reading

Use of Medicaid Data Sources to Identify and Manage Patients and Providers with Problematic Opioid Behavior

This report examines how 6 state Medicaid agencies have used data to develop strategies to address the opioid crisis. The report describes how states use data from medical and pharmacy claims, prescription drug monitoring projects (PDMPS), health information exchanges (HIE) and admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) databases to identify providers and patients with problematic opioid-related behaviors and what they do to address these behaviors. Case studies of initiatives in South Dakota, Minnesota and Tennessee are featured. Continue reading

The Benefits of Using GIS Technology in State Substance Use Agencies.

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) published this issue brief about how states use geographic information systems (GIS). GIS and other data visualization technologies enhance the way that state substance use agencies plan, implement, monitor, and communicate about substance use, including opioid misuse and overdose prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide

This 2018 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides guidance for collecting data to evaluate Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for intervening in mental health and substance use disorder crises. One of the core elements of the CIT model is to use evaluation and research to sustain CIT programs. This guidance is specifically to assist CIT programs in developing their data collection and evaluation plans. Continue reading