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On October 24, 2018, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, was signed into law by the President. This comprehensive legislation includes additional funding and policies to address all aspects of the opioid crisis in the United States, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The bill includes provisions to:
Post date: October 25, 2018
“Addiction” is a new episode from the science series NOVA that aired on PBS on October 17, 2018. It explores opioid use disorder as a chronic brain disease and highlights how evidence-based treatment, like medication-assisted treatment, can help save lives. National Integration Academy Council member Dr. James Berry from West Virginia University is interviewed for this program. Watch the... Read more about "NOVA Explores Opioid Use Disorder in New Episode"
Post date: October 25, 2018
This October, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is celebrating Health Literacy Month, a time to promote the importance of making health information easy to understand. Health literacy is critical to deliver high-quality, patient-centered health care. To help health care professionals participate in Health Literacy Month, HHS has gathered tools and resources, including trainings,... Read more about "October is Health Literacy Month"
Post date: October 11, 2018
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of conditions that may occur in a baby who was exposed to opioids in the womb before birth. A study in Pediatrics in March 2018 estimated the incidence of NAS increased more than fivefold among infants covered by Medicaid between 2004 and 2014.
Post date: October 03, 2018
Integrating behavioral health and primary care services requires a “whole-person” approach that offers enhanced coordination and communication between medical and behavioral health providers, leading to better care and patient outcomes. The Academy’s Literature Collection offers a robust compilation of both grey and published literature supporting the evidence base for integrated care, yet new research is always emerging. Recent... Read more about "Exploring Models of Integrated Care"
Post date: October 03, 2018
Given the opioid epidemic in the United States, there is a serious need to increase treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a whole-patient approach that combines medications and behavioral therapies, is an effective form of treatment for OUD that has been shown to decrease opioid use and opioid-related overdose deaths. However, there is a need to expand access to MAT to meet the demand for treatment. As detailed in a recent article in... Read more about "Office-Based Buprenorphine Expands Access to Treatment"
Post date: August 23, 2018
As described in the Institute of Medicine Report The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce For Older Adults: In Whose Hands?, the behavioral health needs of older adults are complex, and the workforce is inadequate to meet the need. The workforce faces a number of issues, including a lack of specialized training and challenges retaining and recruiting providers. In particular,... Read more about "Integrated Care for Older Adults in Rural Areas"
Post date: August 23, 2018
The Health Resources and Services Administration within the US Department of Health and Human Services is accepting proposals for a solicitation titled Primary Care Integration of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Learning Health Center System: Training and Technical Assistance for HRSA-Supported Health Centers.
Post date: July 13, 2018
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is currently accepting applications for States to participate in a State Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Policy Institute “Leveraging Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to Address SUD.” The policy institute will help five State teams develop innovative strategies to improve access to and quality of SUD treatment in FQHCs... Read more about "Apply to NASHP’s State SUD Policy Institute"
Post date: July 13, 2018
Interventions to address the opioid epidemic in the United States often aim to improve pain management, access to medication-assisted treatment, and use of overdose-reversing drugs. Yet, public health experts have also long recognized the impact of social determinants on health outcomes, such as socioeconomic status, education, and social support.
Post date: June 28, 2018

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