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Substance Use and Misuse in Rural Areas – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Nov 30, 2022 - Reports on the increase in prescribed buprenorphine for the treatment of addiction to heroin or opioid painkillers, noting the accessibility of treatment for rural patients who would otherwise have to travel daily to cities to receive methadone treatment. Notes the increase in overdoses due to the prevalence of fentanyl misuse.
Source: NBC News and Kaiser Health News
Nov 29, 2022 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposing changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records under 42 CFR part 2 ("Part 2"), which protects patient privacy and records concerning treatment related to substance use challenges from unauthorized disclosures. This NPRM would implement provisions of Section 3221 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which, among other things, requires HHS to bring Part 2 into greater alignment with certain aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. Comments are due within 60 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for December 2, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 22, 2022 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeking comments on the extension of an information collection titled "Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records." Comments are due by January 23, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 8, 2022 - Highlights the recently launched Recovery Ecosystem Index Mapping Tool and the development of the resource. Discusses the tool's ability to provide county-level information on available opioid and substance use disorder (SUD) recovery services, demographic information, and county overdose mortality rates in order to support community stakeholders to build recovery infrastructure.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 2, 2022 - Introduces Life360 HOMEs, an addition to the Arkansas Medicaid expansion program (ARHOME). The new component aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, fill gaps in care for people with substance use disorder, especially in rural areas, and increase participation among beneficiaries in improving their health and addressing health-related social needs.
Oct 11, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a public meeting of the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) November 15-17, 2022. SAMHSA TTAC provides a venue wherein Tribal leadership and SAMHSA staff can exchange information about public health issues, identify urgent mental health and substance abuse needs, and discuss collaborative approaches to addressing these behavioral health issues and needs. Meeting information will be posted on the SAMHSA Council's website. Pre-registration is required.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 11/30/2022