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(189) Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Nationally: Highlights and Lessons Learned and its Effect on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic


Kathryn Cates-Wessel, BA - Psychology – CEO, American Academcy of Addiction Psychiatry


Session/Poster Description: In 2018, SAMHSA’s State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) grant created the Opioid Response Network to assist STR grantees, individuals and other organizations by providing technical assistance needed locally to address the opioid epidemic. Training and technical assistance efforts from the first 18 months of the grant were reviewed for examples of evidence-based program implementation across states and territories, as well as the top implementation strategies. Since the TA system launch in May 2018, the ORN has received 1,083 requests, 40% of which include a combination of activities from prevention, treatment, and recovery. Examples of community requests include education and training on medication for addiction treatment (MAT) for staff of a recovery house for female victims of human sex trafficking; rollout of a pre-arrest diversion programs; increase in prevention training for at risk youth; and building prevention, treatment and recovery network across ten rural counties. Strategic planning, facilitation implementation; interactive problem solving and support at the organizational level; and ongoing consultation guided by the Exploration Planning, Implementation and Sustainment (EPIS) framework were some of the implementation strategies frequently used during delivery of TA. Preliminary review of more intensive TA reveal examples of efforts across settings and populations that can inform and guide other opioid related initiatives across communities. It is imperative to understand that community requests for EBPs can be seen as an indicator of how all aspects of the continuum of care impacts successful change and sustainability in addressing the opioid epidemic.

Contributors: Caroline Gray, MSW; Karen Oliver, PhD; Aimee Campbell, PhD; Carolina Close, MA; Frances Levin, MD

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