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.

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: July 2020 – 2021

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.

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

PI: Stuart Fisk, CRNP, MSN

Amount: $600,000
Timeline: February 2020 – 2022

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.

 

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: March 2020 – 2022

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.

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

PI: Cody Chipp, PhD

Amount: $548,327
Timeline: February 2020 – 2022

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.

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

PI: Casey Carringer

Amount: $73,614
Timeline: July 2020 – 2021

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.

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

PI: Michael Brumage, MD, MPH, FACP

Amount: $581,564
Timeline: February 2020 – 2022

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.