Our Grantees

We support partners advancing patient-centered, innovative, evidence-based solutions to make the greatest impact on the crisis. Our grantees are educating health care providers, patients, and the public, developing innovative and effective treatment models, and informing payment and other policies to ensure access to care.

Grants to date:

34

Amount awarded:

$11.1M

Where & Who We Fund

As a national foundation, FORE is committed to funding a diverse set of projects across the United States. Our grantees are demonstrating innovative, scalable, and sustainable ways to tackle the opioid crisis that can have the greatest impact.

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Expanding Evidence-Based Opioid Use Disorder E-therapy Treatment and Recovery Services for Criminal Justice Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • PI: Jay Ruais
  • Amount: $49,440
  • Timeline: Jul. 2020 - Jul. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

During the pandemic, many drug courts and diversion programs have been unable to refer participants to in-person treatment programs. Addiction Policy Forum will offer criminal justice–involved individuals free access to their Connections mobile app, which has been shown to improve outcomes in several clinical trials. The app offers on-demand treatment and supports from addiction specialists and peers and can be customized to users’ particular needs.

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Mobile Community-Based Engagement and Retention for Persons with Opioid Use Disorder

  • PI: Stuart Fisk, CRNP, MSN
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Allegheny Health Network dispatches mobile teams of paramedics and addiction medicine specialists to remote areas in Western Pennsylvania where overdose rates are high and treatment options are limited. The teams, which also include pharmacy and mental health specialists as well as nurse practitioners and recovery specialists, offer medications for opioid use disorder and social supports to engage patients and retain them in treatment.

 

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Meeting Patients at the Front Door - Initiating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery in our Nation's Emergency Departments

  • PI: Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS
  • Amount: $589,986
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The American College of Emergency Physicians is using proven quality improvement techniques and performance benchmarking to promote best practices for treating opioid use disorder in emergency departments across the U.S., a critical point of entry for patients. The goal is to make medications for opioid use disorder initiation and naloxone dispensation in emergency departments the norm.

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Foundational Recovery Support for the Collegiate Recovery Field

  • PI: Timothy Rabolt
  • Amount: $18,513
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Jun. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education seeks to foster high-quality recovery programs for college students across the country. This grant will enable it to sustain its efforts to support college students during the pandemic by offering webinars, virtual recovery meetings, online discussions, and a toolkit while also providing professional development opportunities for college recovery program staff.

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Opioid Use Recovery, Honoring & Empowering Local Providers (OUR HELP)

  • PI: Cody Chipp, PhD
  • Amount: $548,327
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Tribal health organizations in remote, rural communities in Alaska will be enhancing their capacity to deliver medications for opioid use disorder through technical assistance and telehealth consultations with addiction medicine specialists in urban areas. The project aims to reach 80 percent of rural tribal health organizations within two years by arming clinicians and administrators with new outreach and engagement strategies.

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PEERhelp Warmline, Virtual Recovery Meetings, and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training

  • PI: Casey Carringer
  • Amount: $73,614
  • Timeline: Jul. 2020 - Jul. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Ballad Health has developed a suite of virtual recovery services, including a phone line and online recovery meetings, to serve people coping with OUD in 29 Appalachian counties in Tennessee and Virginia, where access to treatment is limited. This project will expand access to these services and introduce virtual recovery groups in the region’s jails. It will also strengthen the area’s workforce by creating opportunities for people with lived experience of addiction, including those who are incarcerated, to work toward certification as peer recovery specialists.

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California Bridge Emergency Department Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative

  • PI: Serena Clayton, PhD
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Public Health Institute is helping more than 100 hospitals across the U.S. build systems to deliver medications for opioid use disorder in the emergency department and refer patients to ongoing care, a strategy demonstrated to double the likelihood that patients with opioid use disorder will remain in treatment. Its California Bridge model emphasizes outreach, screening, treatment initiation, and the establishment of referral pathways.

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Enhancing and Expanding Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Southern Appalachian Communities

  • PI: Ryan Morrison, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $581,564
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Cabin Creek Health System in West Virginia is striving to break the intergenerational cycle of substance use by engaging families in a patient’s treatment and recovery plan. Its comprehensive medication-based treatment model also promotes educational and vocational training to help patients sustain their recovery.

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Improving Hospital Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Communities

  • PI: Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH
  • Amount: $568,283
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is creating a pathway for low-resource hospitals in New Hampshire to offer inpatient care for patients experiencing opioid use disorder. The foundation will engage staff and patients in co-designing services and rely on a learning collaborative to guide hospitals through the testing and implementation of new interventions.

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Expanding Evidence-Based Opioid Use Disorder E-therapy Treatment and Recovery Services for Criminal Justice Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • PI: Jay Ruais
  • Amount: $49,440
  • Timeline: Jul. 2020 - Jul. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

During the pandemic, many drug courts and diversion programs have been unable to refer participants to in-person treatment programs. Addiction Policy Forum will offer criminal justice–involved individuals free access to their Connections mobile app, which has been shown to improve outcomes in several clinical trials. The app offers on-demand treatment and supports from addiction specialists and peers and can be customized to users’ particular needs.

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Mobile Community-Based Engagement and Retention for Persons with Opioid Use Disorder

  • PI: Stuart Fisk, CRNP, MSN
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Allegheny Health Network dispatches mobile teams of paramedics and addiction medicine specialists to remote areas in Western Pennsylvania where overdose rates are high and treatment options are limited. The teams, which also include pharmacy and mental health specialists as well as nurse practitioners and recovery specialists, offer medications for opioid use disorder and social supports to engage patients and retain them in treatment.

 

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Meeting Patients at the Front Door - Initiating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery in our Nation's Emergency Departments

  • PI: Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS
  • Amount: $589,986
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The American College of Emergency Physicians is using proven quality improvement techniques and performance benchmarking to promote best practices for treating opioid use disorder in emergency departments across the U.S., a critical point of entry for patients. The goal is to make medications for opioid use disorder initiation and naloxone dispensation in emergency departments the norm.

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Foundational Recovery Support for the Collegiate Recovery Field

  • PI: Timothy Rabolt
  • Amount: $18,513
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Jun. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education seeks to foster high-quality recovery programs for college students across the country. This grant will enable it to sustain its efforts to support college students during the pandemic by offering webinars, virtual recovery meetings, online discussions, and a toolkit while also providing professional development opportunities for college recovery program staff.

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Opioid Use Recovery, Honoring & Empowering Local Providers (OUR HELP)

  • PI: Cody Chipp, PhD
  • Amount: $548,327
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Tribal health organizations in remote, rural communities in Alaska will be enhancing their capacity to deliver medications for opioid use disorder through technical assistance and telehealth consultations with addiction medicine specialists in urban areas. The project aims to reach 80 percent of rural tribal health organizations within two years by arming clinicians and administrators with new outreach and engagement strategies.

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PEERhelp Warmline, Virtual Recovery Meetings, and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training

  • PI: Casey Carringer
  • Amount: $73,614
  • Timeline: Jul. 2020 - Jul. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Ballad Health has developed a suite of virtual recovery services, including a phone line and online recovery meetings, to serve people coping with OUD in 29 Appalachian counties in Tennessee and Virginia, where access to treatment is limited. This project will expand access to these services and introduce virtual recovery groups in the region’s jails. It will also strengthen the area’s workforce by creating opportunities for people with lived experience of addiction, including those who are incarcerated, to work toward certification as peer recovery specialists.

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California Bridge Emergency Department Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative

  • PI: Serena Clayton, PhD
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Public Health Institute is helping more than 100 hospitals across the U.S. build systems to deliver medications for opioid use disorder in the emergency department and refer patients to ongoing care, a strategy demonstrated to double the likelihood that patients with opioid use disorder will remain in treatment. Its California Bridge model emphasizes outreach, screening, treatment initiation, and the establishment of referral pathways.

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Enhancing and Expanding Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Southern Appalachian Communities

  • PI: Ryan Morrison, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $581,564
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Cabin Creek Health System in West Virginia is striving to break the intergenerational cycle of substance use by engaging families in a patient’s treatment and recovery plan. Its comprehensive medication-based treatment model also promotes educational and vocational training to help patients sustain their recovery.

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Improving Hospital Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Communities

  • PI: Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH
  • Amount: $568,283
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is creating a pathway for low-resource hospitals in New Hampshire to offer inpatient care for patients experiencing opioid use disorder. The foundation will engage staff and patients in co-designing services and rely on a learning collaborative to guide hospitals through the testing and implementation of new interventions.

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Virtual Peer Support Services

  • PI: Elizabeth Litz, MSW, LSW
  • Amount: $49,920
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Cleveland’s Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program will launch a peer recovery program for Hispanic/Latino individuals who are moving from residential to outpatient treatment for opioid use disorder. The goals are to reach people during this vulnerable period and offer them culturally tailored services, in Spanish and English, that support their recovery as they make the transition back into the community.

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Scaling up a Toolkit to Improve Retention and Adherence in Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

  • PI: Jeremy Douglas, LCSW
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Housing Works is helping to remove barriers to treatment and improve retention rates for patients living at or beneath the poverty line in New York City. Many of its clients are homeless or at risk for homelessness. The organization will be leveraging social networking strategies to recruit and motivate clients and tapping peer support workers and a collaborative care model to engage them.

In partnership with and additional funding provided by The New York Community Trust.

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Illinois Free and Charitable Clinics' Response to Opioid Use Disorder

  • PI: Melissa Maguire, MS, LSW
  • Amount: $49,174
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics is working to identify resources and best practices that free clinics can use to serve uninsured and underinsured people in need of treatment for substance use disorder. Its project will provide clinics with evidence-based interventions and help policymakers understand the barriers that vulnerable populations including immigrants and the homeless face in accessing care.

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Free and Charitable Clinics' COVID-19 Response Project

  • PI: Melissa Maguire, MS, LSW
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Timeline: Jul. 2020 - Jul. 2021
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

To bolster access to opioid use disorder (OUD) services during the COVID-19 pandemic, IAFCC will provide technical assistance and other supports to help free clinics implement telehealth platforms so that clinicians can proactively reach out to people with OUD. The grantees are also offering guidance to clinic leaders in soliciting emergency federal CARES funds to support their COVID-19 response and sustain these programs over the long term.

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Leveraging Medicaid to Increase Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Access for Justice-Involved People

  • PI: Gabrielle de la Guéronnière
  • Amount: $110,000
  • Timeline: Nov. 2020 - Nov. 2021
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

As COVID-19 highlights intersections of race, public health, and incarceration, the need for access to OUD treatment in the criminal justice system has never been greater. This project will explore opportunities to use Medicaid as a vehicle to increase access to OUD treatment for people in jails and prisons, as well as those leaving incarceration. It will offer policy analysis and technical recommendations for how to increase Medicaid enrollment of justice–involved populations, deliver evidence-based treatment and care coordination, and more generally shift from punishment to community-based treatment and supports.

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'Get Waivered' National

  • PI: Alister Martin, MD, MPP
  • Amount: $581,320
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Massachusetts General Hospital is leading a national effort to encourage emergency department physicians to obtain waivers to prescribe buprenorphine using targeted outreach, digital nudges, and other tools of behavioral science. The Get Waivered campaign aims to persuade nearly 7,000 physicians to get waivered within two years. At Massachusetts General Hospital, the campaign led 95 percent of emergency department physicians to become waivered.

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Training Peer Recovery Coaches to Promote Retention and Adherence to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder among Low-Income Adults

  • PI: Julia Felton, PhD
  • Amount: $555,934
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Michigan State University, in partnership with the University of Maryland, will be developing a training manual for peer recovery coaches serving low-income, minority communities in Detroit and Baltimore. The manual will guide coaches in providing positive reinforcements and helping those in treatment schedule and engage in valued activities. The school will be studying the effectiveness of the intervention and sharing results with policymakers and treatment programs.

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The Recovery Telehealth Project

  • PI: Bobby Brazell, CPSS
  • Amount: $45,680
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Midlands Recovery Center of South Carolina is expanding its effort to reach people with opioid use disorder who are hospitalized for conditions related to intravenous drug use or overdose. The center will train people to serve as certified peer support specialists by offering information on how to build trusting relationships and how to effectively leverage telehealth platforms, among other material. The peer support specialists will then offer virtual support services to OUD patients while hospitalized and as they transition back into the community.

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Building Access to Care Through Community Health Centers to Treat Opioid Use Disorder / Establishment of North Carolina Regional Addiction Medicine Programs

  • PI: Shuchin Shukla, MD
  • Amount: $718,839
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Addiction medicine experts in North Carolina are establishing a hub-and-spoke system to expand access to medications for opioid use disorder. From hubs at two new addiction treatment programs, staff will provide training and care management support to providers in community health centers and local health department clinics (the spokes) willing to offer treatment for opioid use disorder.

In partnership with and additional funding provided by the Dogwood Health Trust.

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State Policy Center for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Access

  • PI: Kitty Purington, JD
  • Amount: $492,551
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The National Academy for State Health Policy will work with state leaders from across the U.S. to remove silos that prevent state agencies from developing a coordinated response to the opioid crisis and support them in expanding treatment capacity. In addition to convening leaders for peer-to-peer learning, its newly created State Policy Center for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Access will provide policy toolkits and other forms of technical assistance.

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Peer Services in Substance Use Recovery Housing

  • PI: Holly Fitting, MA, LCMHC, LCDP
  • Amount: $62,989
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

The Providence Center, a community mental health center in Rhode Island, runs the Anchor Recovery program, which provides peer-based recovery supports to people recovering from substance use disorder. In this project, the center will develop and pilot virtual group meetings and individualized coaching via online platforms for people living in recovery housing.

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Experiences of Opioid Treatment Programs in Delivering Telemedicine Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • PI: Sarah Hunter, PhD
  • Amount: $61,098
  • Timeline: May 2020 - Sept. 2020
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many opioid treatment programs (OTP) have had to rapidly transition from in-person care to telemedicine. Researchers at RAND will be conducting a qualitative study to explore providers’ experiences, the different modalities being offered, barriers encountered, and future plans. The study’s findings will inform the ongoing COVID-19 response and elicit lessons learned and policy recommendations for the future of OUD treatment.

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Telehealth Treatment and Recovery Project

  • PI: Savak Mills, LPC-MHSP, NC, CCMHC
  • Amount: $54,267
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Renewal House, the only residential addiction treatment program for pregnant women, mothers, and their children in middle Tennessee, will expand its virtual treatment programs to give women in their residential and outpatient programs, as well as those who are on waiting lists for services and those in remote areas, access to evidence-based care, life skills training, and parenting programming.

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Integrating Medications for Opioid Use Disorder into Primary Medical Care: Innovative Payer and Provider Strategies for Improving Treatment Engagement, Retention, Outcomes, and Disparities

  • PI: Stephen Crystal, PhD
  • Amount: $525,000
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

New Jersey’s Medicaid program eliminated prior authorization requirements for buprenorphine, increased reimbursement for intake assessments, and now pays for navigation and peer support services. This evaluation will assess whether these changes have made care more accessible and improved treatment outcomes, helping to inform payers looking for ways to encourage primary care providers to offer medications for opioid use disorder.

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COVID-19 Impact on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Participants, Treatment, and Outcomes: Disparate COVID-19 Vulnerability and Impact of Unique Natural Experiments

  • PI: Stephen Crystal, PhD
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Timeline: Jul. 2020 - Jul. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

During the pandemic, policymakers in New Jersey and other states have relaxed regulations for prescribing medications for opioid use disorder for Medicaid beneficiaries. This project would analyze Medicaid data and interviews with opioid treatment providers to see how the policy changes and resulting treatment adaptations, including increased telemedicine usage, longer methadone take-home doses, reduced drug screening, and reduced in-person counseling, have affected access to care and treatment outcomes.

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Lowering Barriers, Saving Lives, Reclaiming Health: Integrating Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

  • PI: Lara Weinstein, MD, MPH, DrPH
  • Amount: $540,676
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Thomas Jefferson University’s low barrier medications for opioid use disorder program integrates primary and behavioral health care services, making it easier for the homeless and other marginalized populations to access treatment. In partnership with Project HOME and Pathways to Housing PA, it plans to expand access to the model, study its effectiveness, and offer learning opportunities for resident physicians, medical students, and physician assistant students.

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Strategic Plans to Combat Opioid Use Disorder in the State of Alabama

  • PI: Li Li, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $410,266
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is using a variety of tools — from educational modules and waiver training to telemedicine consultation — to prepare a cadre of primary care providers at their hospital and in a network of community health centers in Alabama to provide medications for opioid use disorder.

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Substance Use X COVID-19 Data Collaborative

  • PI: Helena Hansen, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $93,500
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

This collaborative of social scientists, community researchers, and public health clinicians from around the world will pool data and collect field reports on grassroots innovations and social policies in their countries to assess their impact on access to treatment for opioid use disorder and other health outcomes during the pandemic. The group will recommend policy and practice changes that should be sustained after the pandemic subsides. In particular, the collaborative will be analyzing digitally mediated peer support and mobile medication delivery and social policies such as Housing First, reduced drug-related arrests, and safe drug supply measures.

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Treatment with Buprenorphine through Telemedicine in a Rural Criminal Justice Setting

  • PI: Eric Weintraub, MD
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Apr. 2020 - Apr. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Addiction medicine specialists at the University of Maryland will be leveraging telemedicine to deliver medications for opioid use disorder to inmates at three rural detention centers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and will be working to ensure continuity of care for inmates upon release, when they are at high risk of overdoses.

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Rapid Implementation of Peer Navigator–Led Telemedicine for Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Response to COVID-19

  • PI: Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH
  • Amount: $75,000
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

The IDEA Exchange, the first syringe services program in Florida, will expand access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in underserved communities by offering tele-MOUD services on its mobile van. Staffed with a peer recovery specialist with ties to the Black community, the mobile unit will connect patients to clinicians at the IDEA Exchange’s brick-and-mortar clinic who can prescribe medications, lead patients through the induction process, and schedule follow-up telehealth visits. The peer recovery specialist will guide patients and lead online recovery support groups.

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Jenna's Project: Supporting Women's Re-entry to Society from Prison and Re-connection with Children

  • PI: Hendrée Jones, PhD
  • Amount: $428,899
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Sept. 2021
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Jenna’s Project supports women with opioid use disorder who are leaving prison with the aim of helping them avoid overdose and improve their financial stability and independence. The program will introduce women to a treatment and recovery program prior to release and connect them with support and treatment resources for six months to increase their chances for success.

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Don't Quit the Quit

  • PI: Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM
  • Amount: $599,179
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Provider Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Don’t Quit the Quit program aims to improve access to evidence-based medications for opioid use disorder and perinatal and postpartum recovery services for women in rural communities in North Dakota who are pregnant, parenting, and breastfeeding. As part of the program, the University of North Dakota will be providing culturally-sensitive clinical training to health care professionals, doulas, and Women, Infants, and Children program providers.

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Improving Access to the Continuum of Care for Opioid Use Disorder for Low-Income Adolescents and Young Adults

  • PI: Lisa Clemans-Cope, PhD
  • Amount: $571,183
  • Timeline: Feb. 2020 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

The Urban Institute is working to identify gaps in opioid use disorder–related services and deficits in substance use prevention, screening, and brief intervention services for low-income adolescents and young adults. It’s also helping to identify Medicaid polices that would help to eliminate them.

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Impact on Patients of Changes in Provision of Methadone During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Pilot Study

  • PI: Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $75,000
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Oct. 2021
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine will survey 500 patients in six states who received take-home doses of methadone for opioid use disorder after the federal government relaxed its restrictions on opioid treatment programs in response to the pandemic. In addition to eliciting information about patients’ experiences, the study will inform future policy by assessing whether the use of take-home doses has varied among subpopulations and whether the practice is associated with increases in accidental overdoses, medication diversion, or misuse.

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Digital Peer Support Services for Youth & Young Adults

  • PI: Franklin Erickson
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Timeline: Aug. 2020 - Aug. 2021
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Young People in Recovery provides support services to youth and young adults. Both groups are more likely than others to die from drug overdoses, which have increased in 35 states since the start of the pandemic. Through its 54 national chapters, the organization will seek to ensure continued access to recovery services by expanding its digital offerings, including virtual all-recovery meetings, virtual social events, and virtual life-skills trainings. The meetings aim to build a sense of community among those pursuing different recovery pathways and help those in recovery achieve their long-term goals, such as graduating from college or finding housing.