In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity (SAMHSA OBHE) will host the Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities on Wednesday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss partnerships and efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and better address behavioral health in minority populations.
This forum brings together a panel of public health leaders, health care professionals and community members to talk about challenges and solutions around opioid use and behavioral health, specifically those that uniquely affect minority communities. Attendees will receive updates of strategies and solutions for prevention, diagnosis, intervention, treatment/recovery and access to behavioral health services. Model programs and lessons learned on successful projects to combat the opioid epidemic will be highlighted as well as information on the latest resources available to support behavioral health.
Attendees are encouraged to join the discussion and provide feedback on the steps that communities can take to improve behavioral health services and increase support for opioid interventions in minority communities.