Substance Use Initiatives
Click below for information on:
- Substance Use News at the League
- Substance Use Training & Capacity Building Opportunities
- GE Foundation SUSTAIN Communities Grant
League Receives SAMHSA Grant Funding
The League is thrilled to announce we have received a $524,670 award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement the Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction Grant (TI-18-009). The League is partnering initially with the Family Health Center of Worcester, Lowell Community Health Center, and Brandeis University as evaluators to support additional nurse care management and integration of recovery coaches into substance use disorder (SUD) care teams to strategically address gaps in community-based care. This grant expands the League's growing capacity to support SUD care delivery and funding opportunities for Massachusetts Community Health Centers.
League Convenes Primary Care Association SUD Roundtable
At the recent National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Institute in Orlando, the League took the lead in partnering with NACHC and our sister agency at CHCANYS to convene and facilitate a Roundtable Discussion on substance use disorders (SUD). The intent of this initial gathering was to learn from Primary Care Associations across the county and share how each is responding to the challenges of SUD care delivery and the associated training and technical assistance needs of CHCs they support. Topics covered included creating leadership buy-in to develop and integrate services; moving the clinical dial through waiver training; creating data collection tools, patient registries, and quality measures; and creating partnerships with policy makers and payers among others. At the NACHC PCA & HCCN Conference, November 14-16 in New Orleans, the League, in partnership with NACHC and CHCANYS, will continue to support this learning collaboration to enhance PCA capacity to support training and technical assistance needs of CHCs as they innovate and respond to SUD in the communities they serve.
HRSA Awards $12,128,710 to 38 Massachusetts Health Centers for SUD and MH ServicesOn September 19th, 2018, HRSA announced nearly $400 million in awards to health centers, academic institutions, and rural organizations to combat the opioid crisis in communities across the U.S. Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) awards: $352 million in funding will expand access to substance use disorder and mental health services at 1,232 community health centers across the nation. SUD-MH will expand access to integrated services by increasing personnel and enhancing infrastructure. Learn more about SUD-MH awards.
- Boston Medical Center OBAT T&TA Events - visit: bmcobat.org/training/register/.
- October 8th - Essentials of Office-Based Addiction Treatment - this 8-hour training prepares nurses and other medical staff to manage office based addiction treatment with buprenorphine and naltrexone.
- October 15th - Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) Exam Review for RNs/NPs - this full-day course reviews topics covered in the certification exam for addictions nursing and is intended to support nurses preparing.
- October 26th - Buprenorphine Waiver Training OB/GYN Focus (all providers welcome) - This course educates physicians, MDs, NPs, and PAs on prescribing buprenorphine, with particular attention to the treatment of women during pregnancy and postpartum. This satisfies 8-hours of waiver training requirements for any who attend, regardless of OB/GYN specialty.
- October 30 (and November 6th) - BMC Family Medicine Buprenorphine Waiver Training - These 2-hour training on October 30 and 2-hour training on November 6th satisfy 4 hours, or the first half of the 8-hour waiver training. Physicians, NP, and PAs completing this first 4 hours of training will need to complete the additional 4 hours online.
- November 15 - Buprenorphine Waiver Training - OB/GYN Focus - Part 1 - This satisfies 4 hours of waiver training requirements. Physicians, NP, and PAs completing this first 4 hours of training will need to complete the additional 4 hours online.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine - ASAM Trainings
October 11-13th, State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine, Washington, DC
This course is designed specifically for physicians and healthcare professionals seeking an advanced level of knowledge about breakthroughs in the field and will include:
- Presentations focused on scientific advances and emerging evidence in addiction medicine
- Sessions organized around ten topics that translate into clinically useful knowledge
- Special addresses by directors of federal agencies including SAMHSA, NIDA, NIAAA
- Concise presentations delving into understanding, preventing, diagnosing and treating addiction and co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders
- Clinician Consultation Center Substance Use Warmline: HRSA sponsors The University of California-San Francisco's Clinician Consultation Center Warmline to support primary care providers at health centers. Get free, expert clinical advice on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for managing complex patients with addiction, chronic pain, and behavioral health issues. Both online and phone consultations are available. The Warmline is accessible by phone toll free at 855-300-3595 and operates from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday. Providers can also upload cases online. To learn more, click HERE.
Award Announcement: The League is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the GE Foundation SUSTAIN Communities grants, an initiative designed to develop and expand capacity of community health centers to address opioid use disorders. As a continuing response to the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, the second cohort of the year-long, SUSTAIN Communities practice transformation grant awards $50,000 stipends to support center participation in the initiative. Community Health Centers receiving an award include:
- Caring Health Center
- Charles River Community Health
- Fenway Community Health Center
- Harbor Health Services
- Lowell Community Health Center
- Lynn Community Health Center
- Manet Community Health Center
- Mattapan Community Health Center
- North End Waterfront Health
- South End Community Health Center
Background: The overarching goals of the SUSTAIN grants are to support an increase in access to care and to support development of recovery-informed environments for patients with substance use disorders. SUSTAIN participants have access to a variety of training and technical assistance provided by League-contracted physician peer mentors, a risk rounds team development specialist from Partners Healthcare, and Project ECHO©, a virtual tele-mentoring model supported by Boston Medical Center. The Boston Medical Center and the League support additional substance use related technical assistance as part of the grant.
As a response to the opioid overdose epidemic and part of a continued funding commitment by the GE Foundation, the League developed and launched a program to support health centers in building recovery-informed environments for patients with substance use disorders in 2017. The initiative, Substance Use Support & Technical Assistance IN Communities (SUSTAIN Communities), seeks to expand the capacity of community health centers to address substance use disorders in the communities they serve. Through a competitive application process, ten (10) community health centers are chosen to participate over the course of 10-12 months. Selected community health centers receive a $50,000 stipend to support engagement in this initiative. The program receives additional support from Partners HealthCare.
Chsange from Previouos Funding Cycle: This funding opportunity is now open to all Massachusetts health centers -- both FQHCs and hospital-licensed health centers. We did not have time to re-write the funding documents below which state one criteria for eligibility of funding is to have HRSA funding; this is no longer applicable, so all CHCs can apply.
The deadline for submitting applications was December 18, 2017. This second round of funding for SUSTAIN Communities was awarded in January 2018.
For more information on the League's SUSTAIN program and the application process, contact Jim Hiatt.