Resources

All aspects of the healthcare system touch those affected by the opioid crisis. In emergency departments (EDs) around the country, doctors often work to save the lives of those who have experienced an overdose but do little to help patients access substance use treatment. Yet, EDs present a unique opportunity to reach individuals with opioid use disorder. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association...
Post date: June 28, 2018
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recently released a report, Recommended Standard Care for People With Suicide Risk: Making Health Care Suicide Safe (PDF—389.84 KB). This report provides recommendations to improve care for people with suicide risk. It identifies evidence-based approaches that should be...
Post date: May 30, 2018
Telehealth presents an opportunity to expand access to behavioral health services, particularly for individuals in rural areas. For example, as the opioid epidemic has swept the Nation, rural communities have been witnessing significant increases in opioid overdose death rates. A blog by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,...
Post date: February 22, 2018
Although studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of integrating behavioral health and primary care, States still need to adopt policy changes to facilitate its implementation. In a recent brief, the National Academy for State Health Policy discusses this issue. The brief, Physical and Behavioral Health Integration: State Policy Approaches to Support Key Infrastructure, highlights key components of the infrastructure...
Post date: February 22, 2018
The following new resources are available for patients seeking or providers offering treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD): Department of Health and Human Services Resources AHRQ Data Show Impact of Opioid Crisis at County Level (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)—the AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project now provides county-level data of hospitalization rates for substance use, including...
Post date: January 11, 2018
The following new resources are available for patients seeking or providers offering treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD): Department of Health and Human Services Resources Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit (link is external) (Rural Health information Hub)—Supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this toolkit provides evidence-based examples,...
Post date: January 11, 2018
A new AHRQ report examines factors that may limit access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural primary care settings. Peer-reviewed articles and grey literature on implementing MAT for OUD were examined. The report also includes links and descriptions to nearly 250 tools and resources to support the delivery of MAT in rural primary care settings. Access the report: Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder...
Post date: January 11, 2018
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it is accepting applications for a funding opportunity for fiscal year 2017 for States or State agencies working to integrate behavioral health and primary care. SAMHSA anticipates awarding up to 11 grantees $2 million annually under the Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Grants. The projected funding totals $110...
Post date: April 19, 2017
AHRQ’s Integration Playbook, a new interactive guide to support the integration of behavioral health care in ambulatory care practices, is now available on the portal. Topics include planning for integration; preparing your practice’s infrastructure; establishing protocols and clinical workflows for integration; and developing processes for tracking patients, monitoring outcomes, and maintaining engagement. The...
Post date: July 12, 2016
There are a variety of models for integrating behavioral health into primary care. Despite the straightforward descriptions often provided for how to provide integrated care, actually providing team-based integrated behavioral health in primary care is often less straightforward. The resources described below can provide guidance and tools for individuals and organizations hoping to improve integrated care, whether they are new to integration or hoping to expand existing integrated services...
Post date: July 12, 2016

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