There is consensus that coordination is essential in responding to the opioid crisis. This entails not only coordination across disciplines — such as the fields of medicine, public health, law enforcement, and treatment providers — but also vertical alignment from the local level to the state level to the federal level. The coordinated work of the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force, a legislatively mandated group, and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, a voluntary collective impact organization, is an example of alignment of horizontal and vertical coordination of strategic practices and policies aimed at mitigating the opioid crisis in Colorado.
This session will use Colorado's experience as a case study to highlight the elements of cross-disciplinary coordination and state government policy work on addressing the opioid crisis. Presenters will provide details on how the work in Colorado can be replicated in other states. The most recent development in Colorado’s comprehensive coordination efforts is the engagement of state legislators through the formation of a bipartisan Interim Study Committee on Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders. In the 2018 Colorado legislative session, five of the six bills submitted by the committee were passed into law. Bill topics ranged from prevention/education to clinical practice improvement to workforce development to treatment access to payment reform. Cross-sector coordination and attention to the needs and gaps at the local level were essential for informing successful policy development. The committee was reauthorized for the 2019 and 2020 sessions and is continuing its work with the support of the task force and consortium.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Bar.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.