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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 18, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; making health services research relevant to the C-Suite; and AHRQ's opioids efforts.
Source: Federal Register
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Partnering to Bring Hope to Rural Communities in Crisis
Jul 9, 2018 - Discussion of takeaways from the recent rural opioid misuse roundtables by Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development (RD) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who traveled to a number of states to facilitate these conversations. Includes impacts of the opioid epidemic as well as resources to help rural communities address the crisis.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On Balancing Access to Appropriate Treatment for Patients with Chronic and End-of-life Pain with Need to Take Steps to Stem Misuse and Abuse of Opioids
Jul 9, 2018 - Statement from Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discusses the difficulty of balancing the needs of patients with chronic pain or coping with pain at the end of life with efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Includes steps the FDA is taking to strike that balance.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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NIH: Request for Information on the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach To Address the Opioid Crisis Federal Register
Jun 29, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking input on a multi-state national research effort to develop and test approaches for the systemic implementation and sustainability of integrated, evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of OUD and related infectious diseases, increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT), increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services. Comments must be received by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Opioid Epidemic May Be Worse Than It Appears, Pitt Study Finds Fatalities Vastly Underreported
Jun 27, 2018 - A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health found that opioid-related overdose deaths are being underreported and that potentially 70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths were not included in national estimates between 1999 and 2015. This can be worse in rural areas where county coroners may not be as well funded.
Source: WESA 90.5
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When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic
Jun 23, 2018 - Highlights a doctor in rural Iowa who worked to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in her community. Touches on the effort that went into being able to offer this kind of treatment and the barriers that were faced along the way, including stigma among medical professionals.
Source: The New York Times
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SAMHSA Accepting Applications for up to $50 Million to Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis
Jun 21, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $50 million to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. These Tribal Opioid Response Grants will increase access to culturally-appropriate evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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APPLY NOW! The Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity!
Jun 15, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative for FY 2018. HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants through this funding opportunity, with successful awardees receiving up to $200,000 for one year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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HHS Makes $350 Million Available to Fight the Opioid Crisis in Community Health Centers Nationwide
Jun 15, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $350 million in new funding through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services funding opportunity. This funding will allow community health centers to invest in personnel and one-time infrastructure enhancements to address immediate barriers to implementing or expanding substance use disorder and mental health services. Applications are due July 16, 2018.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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