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Resources by Topic: Substance abuse

Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes workshop proceedings and discussion on integrating responses and prevention efforts for opioid use disorder with infectious disease treatment. Explores challenges and opportunities to providing prevention services in rural communities and covers policy changes and opportunities to improve prevention efforts and treatment.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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USDA Maine Rural Opioid Misuse Roundtable
Features a roundtable on the rural opioid crisis in Maine hosted USDA Maine Rural Development. Presents discussion between community leaders, experts, and people working to provide treatment and prevention of opioid addiction in rural Maine.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development Maine State Office
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Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic, and Child Welfare Caseloads: Methodological Details from a Mixed Methods Study
Discusses a study on the relationship between substance use, specifically opioid misuse, and child welfare caseloads. Explores reports of child abuse and foster care entries along with drug mortality rates and retail opioid sales.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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The Opioid Crisis and Economic Opportunity: Geographic and Economic Trends
Features a study on the relationship between economic opportunity and opioid use. Explores the correlation between poverty and opioid prescriptions, hospitalizations, and overdose rates. Features several nationwide maps of county-level data.
Author(s): Robin Ghertner, Lincoln Groves
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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It’s an Addiction Crisis: Across Minnesota, the “Opioid Crisis” Is so Much More than Just Opioids
Details the opioid crisis in the state of Minnesota. Includes statistics on overdose deaths and treatment admissions for alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, and other opiates. Covers hospital addition costs and workforce issues posing a barrier to access in rural areas. Reviews three rural community models working to address substance abuse.
Author(s): Marnie Werner
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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The Special Registration for Telemedicine: In Brief
Describes a proposed policy, as a means to address the opioid crisis, requiring providers who use telemedicine to complete a special registration process to increase access to telemedicine services, including the remote prescribing of medicine for substance abuse or mental health treatment. Covers special registration requirements and the seven categories under the practice of telemedicine authority recognized by the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Opportunities and Challenges to Utilizing Telehealth Technologies in the Provision of Medication Assisted Therapies in the Medi-Cal Program
Describes advantages and barriers to using telehealth for delivery of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to California's Medicaid enrollees, especially those in rural and underserved areas. Includes recommendations for changes to California state laws in order to alleviate the challenges. Appendix C lists states allowing telehealth prescribing.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, June 2018
Provides an in-depth examination of and makes recommendations on two critical issues, the high cost of prescription drugs and the opioid epidemic, as they relate to Medicaid. The opioid section includes discussion of rural access to treatment for substance use disorder. Also discusses Medicaid’s role as the nation’s largest payer for long-term services and supports.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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CMS Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic
An overview of the efforts the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is undertaking to address the opioid epidemic. Highlights a three-pronged approach focusing on prevention, treatment, and data utilization to target prevention and treatment activities. Includes some information specific to rural areas.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Getting Ready for an Upcoming Grant Opportunity: The Rural Communities Opioid Response
A collection of resources useful in preparing to apply for a Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant opportunity, The Rural Communities Opioid Response, which is expected to be available in June 2018. Includes resources on building networks and partnerships, integrating behavioral health, care coordination, substance abuse, and applying for federal grants.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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