Lily Fang's animation, Susan’s Brain, is part of a free online course produced by HarvardX and Harvard Health Publications. The course, The Opioid Crisis in America, challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids, and this animation illustrates changes in the brain that lead to addiction. Dr. Elena Chartoff and Dr. Hilary Connery, both of Boston’s McLean Hospital advised on the brain science within this animation. This video is provided courtesy of the President’s and Fellows of Harvard College © 2017.
The University of California, San Francisco's, Clinician Consultation Center offers a free Substance Use Warmline for healthcare providers to receive peer-to-peer consultation from physicians, clinical pharmacists, and nurses with special expertise in substance-use evaluation and management. This federally-funded, clinician-to-clinician telephone consultation service advises on the care and treatment of substance-use disorders, chronic pain management, special populations substance-use management (pregnancy, HIV, hepatitis), and behavioral health.
Missouri continues to broaden its efforts to combat the growing opioid epidemic. Recovery Community Centers in St. Louis and Springfield were recently awarded funding to provide peer-based, supportive community services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) and their families. These centers will develop, expand and enhance services to build hope and support healthy behaviors for people in recovery.
Housing facilities that are both NARR-accredited AND STR-approved as medication friendly can be reimbursed for housing for individuals receiving treatment through STR. You can find a list of these approved houses by clicking here. Check back on a regular basis as more housing facilities become approved.
MMIT’s Formulary Lookup Service allows you to search MMIT’s formulary database for information about the drugs covered by certain insurance plans. Click here to view this resource.
The Opioid STR team has collaborated with the Department of Mental Health and service providers across the state to create a patient-friendly “Medical Treatment for OUD” brochure. This brochure uses a health-literate approach to explain the basics of medical treatment for OUD for patients of all different literacy levels, as well as information on treatment medications, including buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. Click here to download the brochure.
Pharmacies play an important role in overdose education and naloxone distribution. As pharmacies begin expanding access to naloxone, it's important for technicians to understand their role in reducing stigma and providing unbiased information. Click here to download our information sheet for how to start the conversation about naloxone.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has published a guide for state policy makers to address the opioid crisis. Click here to view and download the guide.
"NIAx has had designed a model of process improvement specifically for behavioral healthcare settings to improve access to and retention in treatment. Their model four aims, five principles, promising practices, and the learning collaborative." - NIATx, 2017 Click here to learn more.
"The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis calling for the immediate expansion of harm-reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue." Click here to read more about their recommendations
"Combating the opioids crisis is a top priority for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The department is working with sister state agencies, local health departments, hospitals, law enforcement and other partners to fight this modern plague. We know that every person saved from an overdose or connected with rehabilitation resources is a mother, father, sibling or child to someone else."
This guide is intended to help providers deliver treatment and supportive services to individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) under the State Targeted Response Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR). DMH and the Opioid STR team have developed this Provider Implementation Guide to outline clear and consistent guidance with step-by-step clinical and administrative instructions on grant utilization.
This guide is divided into multiple sections, as many provider staff are involved in the
consumer experience and the billing process and have distinct roles. We encourage you to
distribute particular sections to the staff who could most benefit from the information. These
sections include the following:
- General Overview of Grant and Grant Requirements
- Important Points to Remember
- Clinical Guide for Intake and Psychosocial Supportive Services
- Clinical Guide for Medical Treatment of OUD
Learn more about opioid-related overdose deaths in Missouri in 2016.