Human services programs can play an important role in combatting the opioid crisis. They can be touchpoints to connect individuals with treatment, and they can provide supportive services to aid recovery. On the other hand, opioid misuse and use disorder can impede the missions of human services programs as they seek to increase self-sufficiency, family stability, and other outcomes. This session will present research and perspectives on how the crisis impacts different types of human services programs, including challenges to participant recruitment and retention, meeting program goals, as well as other aspects of program implementation. It will also discuss innovative ways human services programs are responding to the opioid crisis, including how they can be used to support treatment and recovery outcomes of participants. In particular, models for how human services programs can support outcomes of medication-assisted treatment and other evidence-based substance use treatment practices will be discussed. Presenters will draw on existing research to highlight available evidence and promising practices, as well as lessons learned and areas where more research is needed. Presenters will discuss perspectives of programs working in child welfare, child support and legal services, early care and education, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/self-sufficiency.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.