Forging a successful response to the opioid crisis requires commitment and collaboration at the local level where communities are first impacted. Community coalitions comprised of dedicated stakeholders — physicians, pharmacists, parents, elected officials, public health professionals, behavioral health experts, and law enforcement officers — are an effective mechanism to improve collaboration and shift norms, attitudes, and practices. In 2015, the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) launched the California Opioid Safety Network to build a statewide learning community and provide support to local coalitions that prioritize safe prescribing, use of medications for addiction treatment, and access to naloxone. Today, more than 40 counties in California have active coalitions that cover 90% of the state population, and the Network offers a specialized “Accelerator Program” with customized coaching, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to strengthen their impact.
This session will share the success of California’s statewide support network for opioid safety coalitions and share preliminary evidence demonstrating that coalitions embedded within the facilitated network are curbing opioid prescribing while increasing buprenorphine prescribing more rapidly than their counterparts. Presenters also will describe the formation, challenges, successes, and sustainability of two local opioid safety coalitions in California: SafeMedLA in Los Angeles County and RxSafe Marin in Marin County. Coalition leaders will describe the rationale, structure, and organization of coalition activities, including outcomes of implemented interventions, and offer practical recommendations for those looking to initiate or enhance a multi-sector coalition approach in their community.
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.