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New FORE Grants Aim to Expand Access to OUD Treatment at Critical Access Points

December 07, 2022

Today, FORE announced two new grants to organizations focused on expanding access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in emergency departments (EDs) and mental health clinics nationwide.

California Bridge (CA Bridge) will receive $500,000 over two years to provide technical assistance to ED clinicians working in safety-net, public, community, and critical access hospitals so they can offer lifesaving medications for OUD.

RAND Corporation will receive $336,448 over two years to conduct a comprehensive review of the availability of medications for OUD in public mental health clinics nationwide and make recommendations for expanding treatment options for people with mental illness and concurrent substance use disorder.

“Emergency departments and public mental health clinics can serve as critical access points for connecting patients with opioid use disorder treatment, particularly those at high risk or with complex needs,” says Karen A. Scott, M.D., M.P.H., FORE’s president. “We are pleased to partner with CA Bridge and RAND to develop and implement solutions that can save lives.”