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NEW ACADEMY RELEASE: Have you seen the new MAT for OUD tip sheet?

The AHRQ Academy has developed “6 Tips from the MAT for OUD Playbook,” a downloadable PDF infographic with a list of tips on things to avoid when implementing MAT for OUD services in primary care settings. Access the tip sheet here: https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/ahrq-whatnottodo...

Have you browsed the MAT Tools & Resources collection?

The AHRQ Academy has developed the MAT tools and Resources a searchable database of tools and resources available to help those who offer or use MAT services. The tools can be filtered by a number of factors, including use, topic, format, audience, and terms of use. These tools can be used for opioid use disorder awareness and education, prevention of opioid use disorder, training and education about MAT, and implementation of MAT in Ambulatory Care. The tools and resources were identified through systematic searches within various published and grey literature. Although these tools are not specifically designed for rural primary care practice, they can be used in those settings, as well as a variety of other settings. Browse through the current collection and use the different filters and features to further specify your search.
https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/products/opioid-substance-use-resour...

Participate in National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2019

Since 2010, HRSA has hosted National Rural Health Day to highlight the efforts of and collaborations in rural communities to address unique challenges in accessing and delivering healthcare services. On November 21, join HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, and other HHS agencies for a special celebration via webcast.

Visit the Academy Portal to learn more about National Rural Health Day events. https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/news-and-events/news/participate-nat...

Welcome New Members to the Academy Community

If you’re new here – Welcome to the Academy Community!

We are glad that you’ve joined us. The Academy Community is a platform to connect, network, and share experiences. Feel free to use this platform to connect with others who share similar interests, subscribe to different groups that suit your needs, participate in what’s being discussed and share your opinions via polls, direct messaging, Q&A, and posts.The content of the community is searchable for ease of access. Use the various tools and filters to make the most out of your experience here.

Visit the About page to learn more about AHRQ Academy:
https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/about-ahrq-academy

FDA hosting a 1-day Public Meeting - Strategies to Improve Health Equity Amidst the Opioid Crisis on November 21

The Food and Drug Administration is a one-day public meeting entitled “Office of Minority Health and Health Equity Public Meeting on Strategies to Improve Health Equity Amidst the Opioid Crisis" on November 21 in Rockville, MD.

The purpose of this public meeting is to share information and obtain the public's perspectives on the current opioid crisis and how it specifically affects minority populations across the country, approaches to prevent and treat opioid use disorder, and emerging research as it relates to improving care for racial and ethnic minority, underrepresented, and underserved populations, and how FDA can support those efforts.

Register today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-meeting-strategies-to-improve-health...

NEWS FLASH: Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity for the Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity for the Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Learn more about this opportunity on the Academy Portal https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/news-and-events/news/intent-publish-...

Recent study indicates that children and youth with special health care needs may be exposed to opioids at a twofold higher rate than the general pediatric population.

Recent study indicates that children and youth with special health care needs may be exposed to opioids at a twofold higher rate than the general pediatric population. To learn more about the results of this study and its potential implications, watch the brief video abstract about this study here: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/143/6/e20182199

In this video, Dr. James Feinstein discusses the importance of developing evidence-based best practice guidelines for prescribing opioids in pediatric populations.

What does integrated behavioral primary health care look like in practice?

What does integrated behavioral primary health care look like in practice? The University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine has been practicing an integrated model of care for approximately three decades. To get an inside look at behavioral health integration in practice, watch this brief video that was featured at the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) 2019 conference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcb5wyUFvRE

What questions do you have about integrating behavioral health services and primary care?

From 2011 through 2016, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin and methamphetamine tripled.

From 2011 through 2016, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin and methamphetamine tripled. The rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogues doubled. The National Vital Statistics Report emphasizes the importance of specifically reporting at least one specific drug in in the death report text, to enhance the accuracy of tracking drug overdose deaths. Read more here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_09-508.pdf

Federal Advisory Committee on Substance Use Disorders seeks public members (submit by June 14, 2019): The U.S.

Federal Advisory Committee on Substance Use Disorders seeks public members (submit by June 14, 2019):
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is establishing an Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee pursuant to Section 7022 of the SUPPORT Act. The Committee will consist of representatives of specific federal agencies and non-federal individuals and entities who represent diverse disciplines and views. The Committee will identify areas for improved coordination related to substance abuse, including research, services, supports and prevention activities across all relevant Federal agencies. In identifying areas for coordination, the committee will provide recommendations for improving Federal programs for the prevention and treatment of, and recovery from, substance use disorders, including by expanding access to prevention, treatment and recovery services. They will also analyze substance use disorder prevention and treatment strategies in different regions of and populations in the United States and evaluate the extent to which Federal substance use disorder and treatment strategies are aligned with State and local substance disorder and treatment strategies.

HHS is requesting nominations of individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment to the Committee. Resumes or curricula vitae from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the Committee are currently being accepted until June 14, 2019. For more information: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/15/2019-09969/establis...

Do you know which medications are FDA-approved and evidence-based for treating opioid use disorder (OUD)?

Do you know which medications are FDA-approved and evidence-based for treating opioid use disorder (OUD)? Methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone are safe and highly effective medications that are already FDA approved to treat OUD. But did you know that the majority of people with OUD in the United States don’t receive any treatment at all? A recently-released report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) provides up-to-date information on the effectiveness of medications for OUD and the barriers that prevent people from accessing these life-saving medications. Download a free copy of the report here: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25310/medications-for-opioid-use-disorder-sa...

In your opinion, what are some social and systemic barriers that might prevent people with OUD from accessing medication-assisted treatment (MAT)?

Value-based payment to encourage Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care.

Value-based payment to encourage Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care. Expanding the capacity and ability of primary care providers (PCPs) to assess and treat SUDs is critical to filling the current gap in service delivery and addressing barriers to seeking help, such as stigma. Value-based payment can help to support this goal. Read the full article here: http://www.tacinc.org/media/59564/vbp-for-sud_final_june-2018.pdf

The peer workforce is an increasingly effective way to expand access and remove barriers to receiving mental health treatment.

The peer workforce is an increasingly effective way to expand access and remove barriers to receiving mental health treatment. Vera French Mental Health Center in Iowa is a great example of the effective utilization of peer support counseling to provide those seeking mental health treatment with peer support. Read more about the drop in center and how it works here: https://wqad.com/2019/03/28/peer-to-peer-counseling-program-eases-access...

Find additional resources from AHRQ here: https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/search/site/Peer%20recovery

There is a need to integrate behavioral health into Emergency Department (ED) settings, as well as primary care.

There is a need to integrate behavioral health into Emergency Department (ED) settings, as well as primary care. Trends in psychiatric visits to emergency department by youth and young adults in the U.S. show rising prevalence. Psychiatric expertise and effective mental health treatment options need to be available in the ED. Read the full research article here: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/143/4/e2018219...

Resources specific to suicide screening for youth are featured at: https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/news-and-events/resources/screening-...

Check out HRSA’s updated behavioral health workforce projections for 2016 to 2030.

Check out HRSA’s updated behavioral health workforce projections for 2016 to 2030. The report provides estimates for eight behavioral health occupations, including psychologists, social workers, and addiction counselors. Read the summary report, state-level projections, and fact-sheet here: https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/news-and-events/news/updated-behavio...

IT MATTRs: Bringing new understanding of the Opioid Crisis to Coloradans.

IT MATTRs: Bringing new understanding of the Opioid Crisis to Coloradans. Implementing Technology and Medication Assisted Treatment Team Training in Rural Colorado, or IT MATTRs is a program designed to address the #OUD in eastern Colorado and the San Luis Valley. 42 practices have been recruited for training with this number increasing each week according to the High Plains Research Network. Have You Met MAT? Read the full article here: https://www.kunc.org/post/eastern-plains-program-brings-new-understandin...

New opioid treatment resources for emergency department clinicians to help them face unique challenges with patients suffering for opioid overdoses.

New opioid treatment resources for emergency department clinicians to help them face unique challenges with patients suffering for opioid overdoses. ED settings are an ideal place for clinicians to begin treatment conversations with patients while treating overdoses and other opioid-related challenges. ED clinicians can access a comprehensive set of tools to communicate with and treat people with #OUD. Find more information here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2018/10/new-opioid-t...

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: federal funding and policies to address the opioid crisis in the U.S.

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: federal funding and policies to address the opioid crisis in the U.S. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is only one provision outlined in the law. Check out additional provisions to address the opioid crisis: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6

The Pain Management Task Force calls for individualized, patient-centered pain management to improve quality of life for individuals who experience acute and chronic pain.

The Pain Management Task Force calls for individualized, patient-centered pain management to improve quality of life for individuals who experience acute and chronic pain. The draft report issued by the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force is accepting public comments on their proposed recommendations. Read the full draft report here:  https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/12/28/pain-management-task-force-cal..., and submit comments to the Task Force. Comment to the Academy Community if you wish.

“Whole-person” health and integrated behavioral health and primary care have a robust evidence base.

“Whole-person” health and integrated behavioral health and primary care have a robust evidence base. Research suggests a variety of models of integrated care, such as Collaborative Care and Colocation. What model of integrated care are you most familiar with? Have you worked within one model of integrated behavioral health, and which one? https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/news-and-events/news/exploring-model...