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:

64

Amount awarded:

$28.8M

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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Evidence for Action: COVID-19 as a Window of Opportunity to Normalize Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Access

  • PI: Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD
  • Amount: $230,357
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Jun. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Respone

This project will assess whether and how providers in Arizona implemented COVID-19-era policies related to MOUD provision and telehealth, and how these policies have affected patients’ access to treatment and outcomes. The project investigators will engage with tribal leaders as well as state policymakers, providers, and patient advisory boards; their findings will inform longer-term efforts to promote more equitable access to treatment for all Arizonans.

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Substance Use X COVID-19 Data Collaborative

  • PI: Helena Hansen, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $106,000
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • 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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Evaluating & Sustaining Team Lily, A Multidisciplinary Perinatal Care Program Supporting Pregnant People and Their Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

  • PI: Dominika Seidman, MD, MAS
  • Amount: $1,320,000
  • Timeline: Jul. 2022 - Jun. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

This grant funds an evaluation of Team Lily, a program providing wraparound services, including case management, pregnancy care, and behavioral health services, to families that are affected by substance use disorders, homelessness, and mental illness in San Francisco. The program aims to prevent family separations and mitigate the risk of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by providing low-barrier, trauma-informed care, including housing supports. Many of the program’s clients are Black and Indigenous families. The evaluation will assess the impact of the program on parental substance use and treatment, family separation, and ACEs, as well as outcomes of interest to a client advisory board. The findings will inform the final phase of the project: developing a business case for the model.

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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 several rural detention centers in Maryland 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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Novel Organizational Simulation Training to Improve Graduate’s Mastery & Attitudes (NO STIGMA)

  • PI: Mary McCurry, PhD, Monika Schuler, PhD, & Jennifer Viveiros, PhD
  • Amount: $591,485
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Innovation

Research suggests that nurses — the largest segment of the health care workforce in the U.S. —are more judgmental of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) than other health care professionals. This project will create, pilot, and evaluate a simulation-based training program for nursing students to build their empathy for patients with OUD. It is a collaboration between the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, a statewide recovery organization.

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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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Training School- and Community-Based Providers to Prevent and Manage Pain, Trauma, and Opioid Abuse for New Mexico’s Youth

  • PI: Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG & Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH
  • Amount: $1,500,000
  • Timeline: Apr. 2022 - Mar. 2025
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Prevention

This project uses the Project ECHO model to train health care providers in school, medical, and community settings on the risk factors that contribute to opioid use among children and adolescents, as well as how to identify, mitigate, support, and connect children and adolescents with treatment. The Project ECHO model relies on virtual training and tele-mentoring sessions to connect providers in rural and underserved communities to specialists at academic medical centers. The team expects to reach 500 providers over three years in a state that has some of the highest rates of adverse childhood events in the U.S., contributing to high rates of depression, suicide, and substance misuse.

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Randomized Trial and Analytic Chemistry Innovations to Optimize Drug Alerts

  • PI: Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD
  • Amount: $599,488
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Policy Initiatives and Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Innovation

The opioid crisis is now being driven primarily by illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other contaminants in the drug supply that many people who use drugs are unaware of. This project will develop and pilot laboratory protocols to allow university and public health laboratories to test samples of drugs over time to get an on-the-ground picture of the drug supply. These laboratory methods would also detect substances that aren’t detected by fentanyl test strips. This form of drug checking — common in Canada, the U.K., and other countries — could enable local health departments and other community leaders to disseminate information about changes in the drug supply and issue timely drug alerts.

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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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COVID-19 Vaccine Navigators for the Substance Use Disorder Population

  • PI: Jessica Hulsey Nickel
  • Amount: 125,843
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Aug. 2021
  • Area: Public Awareness
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

This project will deploy vaccine navigators to help people who have a substance use disorder (SUD), including those in treatment or in recovery, as well as their family members or other caregivers, schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments and address their concerns about the vaccine through a help line, website, app, and newsletter. The goal is to increase vaccination for COVID-19 among those with SUD, who may be at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus, and at the same time face higher barriers to finding vaccination appointments, than the general population. A weekly newsletter for people in treatment or recovery will offer curated resources promoting wellness and help spread the word about the vaccine navigator program.

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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: Shawn Rogers
  • 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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Faith-Based Support Specialist Training

  • PI: Seyram Selase, ICPS, CPM
  • Amount: $164,470
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Jan. 2024
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Innovation

Although faith leaders see the effects of opioid use disorder and other forms of substance use disorder in their congregations, many have no training on how to respond. This project will train 240 faith-based leaders across Alabama to serve as faith-based support specialists. The two-day trainings, which will cover the science of addiction, treatment, and recovery, aims to reduce stigma and increase awareness of treatment and recovery resources in local communities.

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

  • PI: Mark Fuller, MD, FACP
  • 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: Professional 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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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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Launching the Opioid Crisis Task Force

  • PI: Anand K. Parekh, MD, MPH
  • Amount: $250,000
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

This project will inform the next phases of the federal response to the opioid crisis by creating an Opioid Crisis Task Force, comprised of leading experts and former federal and state officials, to develop bipartisan recommendations for policies to drive down overdose death rates. The Task Force recommendations will be informed by quantitative and qualitative analyses and guide near- and longer-term legislative and regulatory actions.

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Understanding Drug Use Within a Rapidly Changing Supply: An Ethnographic and Toxicologic Investigation to Improve Overdose Prevention and Supply Surveillance Communication

  • PI: Alexandra Collins, PhD and Rachel Wightman, MD
  • Amount: $564,319
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Policy Initiatives and Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Innovation

Current surveillance methods fail to provide real-time, actionable information about changes in local drug supplies that increase the risk of overdose. This project will combine ethnographic fieldwork with comprehensive toxicological testing to track the complex and evolving nature of the illicit drug market and polysubstance use at the street level. With input from a diverse community advisory board that will include harm reduction and outreach workers, people who use drugs, public health experts, and peer recovery specialists, the researchers will test different methods of alerting the public and provider communities about supply safety.

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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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Denver Health's Multi-Generational Approach to Prevention and Recovery: A Hub-and-Spoke Model for Families with Opioid Use Disorder

  • PI: Lucia Walsh Pedersen, PhD & Christopher Sheldon, PhD
  • Amount: $1,489,934
  • Timeline: Aug. 2022 - Jul. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

Denver Health launched the FORGE (Family-Oriented Resilience, Growth, and Empowerment) program in 2017 to offer services to children affected by their parents’ substance use, including opioid use disorder (OUD). In this project, the team will integrate the FORGE program into Denver Health’s hub-and-spoke treatment model for adults with OUD; the latter enables adults to connect with treatment through the emergency department, correctional centers, community organizations, and other partners. Integrating the FORGE program will ensure children at risk of adverse childhood experiences are identified and offered counseling and other services alongside their parents. This could lead to better outcomes for all family members and provide a model of coordinated care for families affected by OUD.

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Equal Justice Works Fellowship: Helping West Virginia Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

  • PI: Emily Neely
  • Amount: $124,000
  • Timeline: Sep. 2021 - Sep. 2023
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

West Virginia has led the nation in rates of opioid prescribing and opioid-involved overdose deaths, contributing to a 24 percent increase in foster care placements between 2012 and 2016. At Legal Aid of West Virginia, Equal Justice Works Fellow Emily Neely will be working with affected families to better understand their family law issues and will provide mediation to resolve them. Neely will be creating a referral network with recovery support programs and other organizations addressing the opioid crisis to publicize the benefits of mediation.

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Peer Recovery Support Services Vaccine Outreach Project

  • PI: Patty McCarthy, MS
  • Amount: $50,154
  • Timeline: May 2021 - Aug. 2021
  • Area: Public Awareness
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

People with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs) in the United States have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to structural barriers, stigma, misinformation, and mistrust of medical professionals may be less likely to receive the coronavirus vaccine than those with other chronic health conditions. This project will use FAVOR’s national network of recovery community organizations and data collection infrastructure to provide peer outreach and education with the goal of increasing vaccination rates among people with an active SUD, in recovery, or in treatment.

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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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Doing Right at Birth: Reducing Stigma and Improving Recovery Through Professional Education and Around Child Welfare Reporting

  • PI: Mishka Terplan, MD, MPH, and Sarah Roberts, DrPH
  • Amount: $596,921
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Jan. 2024
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Innovation

Pregnant people with opioid use disorder often forgo prenatal care and treatment for fear providers will report them to the child welfare system. This project will convene experts in health, policy, law, and advocacy, along with people affected by the child welfare system, to develop, implement, and evaluate trainings for health care providers, hospital administrators, and public health officials about the legal, scientific, and ethical aspects of reporting people to the child welfare system. The training, which will be delivered through webinars and a self-paced video course, will also cover evidence-based treatments for pregnant and parenting people.

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The Effect of School-Based Health Centers on the Medical and Behavioral Outcomes of Medicaid-Enrolled Children Exposed to Parental Opioid Use

  • PI: Lindsey Bullinger, MPA, PhD & Angelica Meinhofer, PhD
  • Amount: $439,547
  • Timeline: Mar. 2022 - Mar. 2025
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Prevention

The opioid crisis has increased the number of children living with parents with opioid use disorder (OUD), putting them at risk of having adverse childhood experiences that can affect their health and wellbeing throughout their lives. This project will test the hypothesis that school-based health centers are good vehicles through which to identify kids at risk and intervene to provide services. The project, which focuses on children enrolled in Medicaid, will inform school-based health center programs as well as Medicaid reimbursement policies and help make the case for expanding services to children affected by OUD in more schools.

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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: Professional 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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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 - Aug. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Access to Treatment

Henry Ford Health System, 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 investigators will be studying the effectiveness of the intervention and sharing results with policymakers and treatment programs.

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Virtual Peer Support Services

  • PI: Elizabeth Litz, MSW, LSW
  • Amount: $49,920
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Dec. 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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Strengthening Families Against Opioid Use

  • PI: Laura Rodgers, MSW, LCSW
  • Amount: $375,000
  • Timeline: Jul. 2022 - Jun. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

Recovery courts, also known as drug courts, have traditionally focused on helping adults overcome their substance use dependency while resolving criminal charges. This project will expand the focus of these courts by piloting a family program in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Recovery Court. Delivered to 70 families, the program will evaluate the effects of offering interventions to improve family relationships and parenting skills and mitigate adverse childhood experiences. The goal is to create a model of how holistic family interventions can be provided in recovery courts to promote recovery, help rebuild relationships, and avoid adverse childhood experiences.

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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: Shuhan He, MD
  • Amount: $581,320
  • Timeline: Mar. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • Area: Professional 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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Precision Epidemiology and the Opioid Crisis: Using Next-Generation Geospatial Analyses to Guide Community-Level Responses in Diverse and Segregated Metropolitan Regions

  • PI: John Mantsch, PhD, Rina Ghose, PhD, and Peter Brunzelle
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Policy Initiatives and Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Innovation

This project aims to combine precision epidemiology, advanced geospatial analysis, and data-guided community engagement to identify neighborhood characteristics that influence overdose deaths and recovery. It focuses on Milwaukee, Wisc., which has one of the highest overdose rates in the U.S. and is Wisconsin’s largest and most ethnically diverse metropolitan area. The geospatial analyses will include data from multiple county agencies and be paired with qualitative survey data collected from people seeking peer supports from WisHope, a local recovery community organization. While findings and neighborhood-level solutions will be shared with Milwaukee County, the overarching goal is to develop a framework that can be applied in diverse communities across the country.

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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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Advancing Equity in Urine Drug Testing in Primary Care-Based Buprenorphine Treatment

  • PI: Mariya Masyukova, MD, MS
  • Amount: $289,699
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Jan. 2024
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Innovation

Urine drug testing as currently applied in office-based buprenorphine treatment settings can be used in a punitive rather than therapeutic manner. Those who screen positive for non-prescribed substances can suffer severe consequences, including treatment discontinuation and family separation. Montefiore Medical Center will be developing and disseminating two evidence-based toolkits. The first will guide patient–physician decision-making on whether, when, and how to use urine drug screening. The second, a medical and legal toolkit, will inform patients of their rights around drug screening. The toolkits will be tested in two primary care–based buprenorphine treatment settings and disseminated to at least 30 clinical sites across New York City.

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Project Resilience: Addressing ACEs in Appalachia

  • PI: Kristen Gingery, MA
  • Amount: $1,500,000
  • Timeline: Mar. 2022 - Mar. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

More than half of West Virginian adults say they have experienced one or more adverse childhood experiences (ACE), with substance use in the home the most common. This project will fund Project RESLIENCE, a suite of services in West Virginia’s Morgan County aimed at identifying and supporting children experiencing ACEs and their families. The services include screening, parent education, child–parent therapy, home visitation, and family reunification and navigation services. Morgan County Partnership will coordinate the services, which will be provided by community-based organizations; collect data on their impacts; and ensure the success of this multisector effort. The goal is to create a community-based model of partnership that can be scaled to help children and families across the state.

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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: Professional 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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Implementing Family-Focused Interventions in Primary Health Care to Prevent Substance Use Disorders in Adolescence

  • PI: Natacha Blain, JD, PhD
  • Amount: $299,843
  • Timeline: Sep. 2021 - Jul. 2022
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a two-day workshop to examine evidence-based interventions that can support parents and family members in preventing substance use disorders among adolescents. The workshop — which will involve researchers; parent and family organizations; federal, state, and local officials; Capitol Hill staff; and health care providers — will explore the reasons why such interventions have not been widely used in primary care settings and ways to encourage their adoption.

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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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Walking in Strength

  • PI: McClellan Hall
  • Amount: $1,476,184
  • Timeline: Mar. 2022 - Mar. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth have the second-highest fatal opioid overdose rate in the nation and AI/AN youth attending schools on or near reservations have the highest rates of substance use among U.S. ethnic groups. This project aims to prevent opioid use disorder among AI/AN youth. It will be developed by the National Indian Youth Leadership Development Project and focus on middle school students on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. It will extend the evidence-based Project Venture model of positive youth development, which includes outdoor activities, service, and peer mentoring, to prevention of opioid use disorder. Adolescents who need extra support will be offered counseling as well as cultural education and activities. The goal is to create a culturally informed OUD prevention model that can be replicated in other AI/AN communities.

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The Responses of Addiction Treatment Programs to COVID-19: Impact on Disparities in Treatment Access and Quality

  • PI: Thomas D’Aunno, PhD & Charles Neighbors, PhD
  • Amount: $274,999
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Oct. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

This project will explore how temporary policies and changes in service provisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected OUD treatment, particularly for Black and Latinx individuals, at outpatient treatment programs across New York State. The investigators will examine the variation in the quality of care across the state’s 660 clinics and identify the organizational and clinical practice characteristics associated with higher-quality care.

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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: $86,250
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Sep. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

Researchers at NYU Grossman 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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Health Technology Applications to Support the Integration of Care for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

  • PI: Harold Pincus, MD
  • Amount: $94,595
  • Timeline: Dec. 2021 - May 2023
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: Innovation

Researchers will identify novel health information technologies that may be useful for integrating substance use disorder screening, assessment, and treatment into primary care and behavioral health care settings. Through a literature review, surveys, and interviews, they will also assess the barriers and risks associated with their implementation and offer guidance to providers, health plans, and policymakers interested in using these technologies to expand access to treatment.

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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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Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Role of State Policy Changes

  • PI: Bradley Stein, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $358,422
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Oct. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

This project will investigate changes in buprenorphine prescribing during the pandemic and how these changes may have affected access to care and treatment outcomes among underserved populations, including Medicaid beneficiaries and rural populations. The investigator will explore how the observed changes in prescribing relate to different state policies. The analysis will inform decisions about whether to continue or adapt COVID-era policies intended to preserve access to 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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Evaluation of FORE’s COVID-19 National Emergency Effort

  • PI: Jessica Cance, PhD, MPH & Phillip Graham, DrPH, MPH
  • Amount: $125,621
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Nov. 2021
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

The investigators will evaluate the impacts of FORE’s nine Recovery Support Services grants, which were made as part of the foundation’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The evaluation will explore the extent to which grantees were able to preserve access to recovery supports with social distancing requirements in place and glean lessons for future recovery programs and the policies that support them.

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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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Stop Overdose Deaths: Monitoring Comprehensiveness of State Policy to Prevent Overdose Deaths

  • PI: Scott Burris, JD, and Nicolas Terry, LLM
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Jan. 2024
  • Area: Policy Initiatives & Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Innovation

Because the opioid crisis affects so many parts of society, it requires comprehensive, coordinated, and multifaceted policy responses. Legal and policy experts at Temple University will create a roadmap for better governance of the opioid crisis, built from evidence, expertise, and stakeholder engagement as well as an open-access data portal that publishes policy briefs and tracks, scores, and ranks laws and policies related to opioid use disorder and opioid overdose deaths. The goal is to inform state and federal policymakers and advocates about what new policies are needed and how they can be effectively implemented.

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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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Syndromic Surveillance of the Opioid Crisis in Lowell, Massachusetts: Data to Action and Evaluation

  • PI: Shikhar Shrestha, PhD, Thomas Stopka, PhD, and Jennifer Pustz, PhD
  • Amount: $475,521
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Policy Initiatives and Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Innovation

The current surveillance systems for monitoring and reporting opioid overdose rates are slow and unable to respond quickly when fentanyl and other contaminants enter local drug supplies and cause surges in overdose rates. This project will test a new, rapid approach to detecting opioid-related incidents using EMS and public health data in Lowell, Mass. The goal is to alert public health and other community stakeholders if rates are rising so they can take action to head off surges. If successful, the project could serve as a foundation on which to create a large-scale surveillance system.

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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: Professional 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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Evidence for Action: COVID-19 as a Window of Opportunity to Normalize Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Access

  • PI: Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD
  • Amount: $230,357
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Jun. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Respone

This project will assess whether and how providers in Arizona implemented COVID-19-era policies related to MOUD provision and telehealth, and how these policies have affected patients’ access to treatment and outcomes. The project investigators will engage with tribal leaders as well as state policymakers, providers, and patient advisory boards; their findings will inform longer-term efforts to promote more equitable access to treatment for all Arizonans.

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Substance Use X COVID-19 Data Collaborative

  • PI: Helena Hansen, MD, PhD
  • Amount: $106,000
  • Timeline: Oct. 2020 - Mar. 2022
  • 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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Evaluating & Sustaining Team Lily, A Multidisciplinary Perinatal Care Program Supporting Pregnant People and Their Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

  • PI: Dominika Seidman, MD, MAS
  • Amount: $1,320,000
  • Timeline: Jul. 2022 - Jun. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

This grant funds an evaluation of Team Lily, a program providing wraparound services, including case management, pregnancy care, and behavioral health services, to families that are affected by substance use disorders, homelessness, and mental illness in San Francisco. The program aims to prevent family separations and mitigate the risk of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by providing low-barrier, trauma-informed care, including housing supports. Many of the program’s clients are Black and Indigenous families. The evaluation will assess the impact of the program on parental substance use and treatment, family separation, and ACEs, as well as outcomes of interest to a client advisory board. The findings will inform the final phase of the project: developing a business case for the model.

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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 several rural detention centers in Maryland 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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Novel Organizational Simulation Training to Improve Graduate’s Mastery & Attitudes (NO STIGMA)

  • PI: Mary McCurry, PhD, Monika Schuler, PhD, & Jennifer Viveiros, PhD
  • Amount: $591,485
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Innovation

Research suggests that nurses — the largest segment of the health care workforce in the U.S. —are more judgmental of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) than other health care professionals. This project will create, pilot, and evaluate a simulation-based training program for nursing students to build their empathy for patients with OUD. It is a collaboration between the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, a statewide recovery organization.

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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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Training School- and Community-Based Providers to Prevent and Manage Pain, Trauma, and Opioid Abuse for New Mexico’s Youth

  • PI: Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG & Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH
  • Amount: $1,500,000
  • Timeline: Apr. 2022 - Mar. 2025
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Prevention

This project uses the Project ECHO model to train health care providers in school, medical, and community settings on the risk factors that contribute to opioid use among children and adolescents, as well as how to identify, mitigate, support, and connect children and adolescents with treatment. The Project ECHO model relies on virtual training and tele-mentoring sessions to connect providers in rural and underserved communities to specialists at academic medical centers. The team expects to reach 500 providers over three years in a state that has some of the highest rates of adverse childhood events in the U.S., contributing to high rates of depression, suicide, and substance misuse.

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Randomized Trial and Analytic Chemistry Innovations to Optimize Drug Alerts

  • PI: Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD
  • Amount: $599,488
  • Timeline: Feb. 2022 - Feb. 2024
  • Area: Policy Initiatives and Public Awareness
  • Cohort: Innovation

The opioid crisis is now being driven primarily by illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other contaminants in the drug supply that many people who use drugs are unaware of. This project will develop and pilot laboratory protocols to allow university and public health laboratories to test samples of drugs over time to get an on-the-ground picture of the drug supply. These laboratory methods would also detect substances that aren’t detected by fentanyl test strips. This form of drug checking — common in Canada, the U.K., and other countries — could enable local health departments and other community leaders to disseminate information about changes in the drug supply and issue timely drug alerts.

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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: Professional 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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COVID-19 Policy Effects on Opioid Use Disorder Patient Services at the Pennsylvania Centers of Excellence

  • PI: Antoine Douaihy, MD & Janice Pringle, PhD
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Timeline: Mar. 2021 - Feb. 2022
  • Area: Policy Initiatives
  • Cohort: COVID-19 Response

In 2017, Pennsylvania designated 45 primary care practices, hospitals, community health centers, and substance use disorder treatment providers as centers of excellence because they were taking a holistic approach to OUD treatment. This grant will examine how these providers have responded to COVID-19 policies related to MOUD provision and telehealth services to determine the effects on service provision, workforce attitudes, and patient outcomes.

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Adapting and Testing an Intervention for Families with a Parent in Methadone Treatment

  • PI: Khary Rigg, PhD
  • Amount: $1,314,208
  • Timeline: Jul. 2022 - Jun. 2025
  • Area: Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

Families with a parent who is receiving methadone treatment for opioid use disorder are often at high risk for overdose and adverse childhood events, yet these families are rarely the focus of prevention interventions. This project will adapt Families Facing the Future, an evidence-based program that combines relapse prevention and parenting-skills training with home-based case management services for use by one of the largest nonprofit methadone providers in Florida. The overall goal of the project is to determine how to translate a prevention intervention into the real-world practice of opioid treatment programs.

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Northwest Center for Family Support: Building Statewide Capacity to Implement Evidence-Based Interventions in Families with Opioid Use Disorder

  • PI: Margaret Kuklinski, PhD
  • Amount: $1,500,000
  • Timeline: Apr. 2022 - Mar. 2025
  • Area: Professional Education & Payer & Provider Strategies
  • Cohort: Prevention

This project will create the first-of-its-kind technical assistance and training center to build the capacity within opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to deliver evidence-based, family-focused interventions designed to build nurturing, responsive, effective parenting skills. The center will work with OTPs throughout the state to implement interventions that focus on strengthening bonding, developing parenting skills that enhance the safety and stability in home environments, and strengthening family norms and behaviors that protect against substance misuse, emotional, and behavioral problems in children.

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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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Improving Physicians’ Self-Awareness and Attitudes Towards Patients with Substance Use Disorders via a Role-Playing Virtual Tool

  • PI: Jonathan Avery, MD
  • Amount: $199,516
  • Timeline: Aug. 2021 - Aug. 2023
  • Area: Professional Education
  • Cohort: Innovation

Over the course of their careers, many physicians develop stigma toward patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) because of difficult clinical encounters and their lack of knowledge about the biological bases of addiction. For this project, physicians from Weill Cornell Medicine will collaborate with colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and the Dalio Center for Health Justice at New York–Presbyterian to develop a virtual role-playing tool to assess physicians’ attitudes toward OUD patients and help them develop understanding and empathy toward these patients. The tool will then be piloted among a group of medical students.

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Digital Peer Support Services for Youth & Young Adults

  • PI: Ann Herbst
  • 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.