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Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has been posted by the Yale University School of Medicine. Two key messages are: “REMEMBER that people who use drugs and the people in their lives commonly have weakened immune systems, respiratory (breathing) problems, and other conditions that place them at a higher risk of getting COVID-19.” “BE AWARE that some early...
Post date: March 30, 2020
The AHRQ Academy website recently released the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook (MAT for OUD Playbook), a practical guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. This interactive web-based product provides the latest guidance, tools, and resources that address key aspects of MAT implementation and...
Post date: March 25, 2020
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a resource about the COVID-19 pandemic, associated prevention and containment measures, and the impact those may have on your behavioral health. This resource introduces and defines measures that may be required during an infectious disease outbreak. The tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. Read about ways to care for your behavioral...
Post date: March 25, 2020
The new Self-Service How-To Guide  is a step-by-step approach, designed to support clinics as they independently implement effective, guideline-driven care for their patients with chronic pain who are using opioid therapy. This guide builds on the ...
Post date: March 02, 2020
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released three new videos to help prevent suicide by offering crisis resources to individuals in distress and raising awareness about suicidal behaviors. Suicide Lies: 60 | Prevent Suicide: This video highlights the importance of understanding how suicidal thoughts may distort someone’s mindset....
Post date: December 12, 2019
The following resources are available for patients seeking or providers offering treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD): Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid Coverage of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders and of Medication for the Reversal of Opioid Overdose This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a resource guide that...
Post date: October 23, 2019
AHRQ’s Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT for OUD) Playbook serves as a comprehensive guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. The online, interactive playbook contains the latest guidance, tools and resources to address MAT implementation. Released with the playbook is AHRQ’s...
Post date: October 01, 2019
Patient engagement can improve diagnosis and health outcomes when patients are active members of the healthcare team. Many options to improve patient engagement in integrated care are available, such as shared decision making, motivational interviewing, and warm handoffs. For example, a recent article in Pediatrics, Increasing Mental Health Engagement From Primary Care: The Potential Role of Family Navigation, concludes that patient...
Post date: September 18, 2019
The Commonwealth Fund released the 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. This report uses recently available data to assess each State and Washington, DC, on 47 measures of access to healthcare, quality of care, health outcomes, and income-based healthcare disparities. Key findings of the report are: The rise in deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drug overdose is a national crisis, but effects vary across States. Although...
Post date: September 18, 2019
The AHRQ Academy has released an updated version of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Environmental Scan, Volume 2: Tools and Resources (PDF - 1.31 MB). This document includes more than 350 tools and resources available to providers, patients, and communities to help implement MAT in rural primary care and other ambulatory care settings....
Post date: August 10, 2019

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