ORN - Impact Bulletin - November 2021

November 04, 2021 1:36 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

Demonstrating the Value of Recovery Housing: Expert Panel Findings

In January 2021, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with funding from ORN, hosted a technical expert panel to explore ways to best demonstrate the value of recovery housing in the United States. Recovery housing refers to safe, healthy, alcohol and drug-free living environments that support individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The panel reviewed the current recovery housing landscape and identified areas for improvement. They discussed:

  • What's missing from the current recovery housing framework?
  • What strategies can be implemented to bridge the cultural divide between the social model (recovery housing) and the medical model (treatment)?
  • What are the current opportunities and limitations in the funding of recovery housing? What is an ideal funding model for recovery housing?
  • What policies and systems should be implemented to create a more cohesive recovery housing ecosystem?

At the conclusion of the panel, recommendations were identified and next steps proposed to strengthen the system in an effort to build the recovery housing network and demonstrate the value of the service. The report developed as a result identifies key strategies and recommendations. Request access for it (asking for the Demonstrating the Value of Recovery Housing: Expert Panel Findings Report) by submitting a request at OpioidResponseNetwork.org. It just takes a minute and your local ORN Technology Transfer Specialist can share it (at no cost to you) and provide you with additional educational resources and training to meet your needs and enhance your work as it relates to services for people in recovery from opioid and stimulant use disorders.

Training: Advancing Racial Equity in the Substance Use Field

ORN is committed to supporting the integration of racial equity across substance use disorder prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction, and offers workshops, education, training and consultation for all your diversity and racial equity capacity building efforts. ORN funded racial equity trainings focused on the substance use field include:

  1. Developing a Shared Language For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (90 minutes)
  2. Systemic Racism and Substance Use Disorder: Anti-Racist Strategies (2 hours)
These two trainings are available live (in person or online) and/or offered as a (pre-recorded) self-pace workshop you can do individually, as a team, or across your organization. Learn more.

Training: Waiver Trained: Now What? The Nuts and Bolts of Addiction Treatment

This ORN funded training from Boston Medical Center, an ORN partner organization, will provide waivered prescribers with the skills needed to implement office-based addiction treatment into an ambulatory practice setting. Additionally, this talk will provide expert, concrete tips to facilitate the provision of care for patients with substance use disorders utilizing medications in their treatment. Intended audience: Prescribers who have recently obtained their X-Waiver (or who are contemplating getting their waiver) and are looking to increase provision of care for patients with substance use disorder in an outpatient setting. Register here.

Training: Bluegrass Care Clinic: Coordinated Team-Based Approach to Opioid Treatment with HIV Primary Care 
Friday, November 12, 2021 at 12 PM EST

The 5th session in the National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development's Bridging HIV, HCV, & SUD: Innovations in the Field 7-part webinar series will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 12 PM EST. Bluegrass Care Clinic: Coordinated Team-Based Approach to Opioid Treatment with HIV Primary Care will share the steps the team took to identify gaps in care related to the opioid epidemic and discuss successful approaches. Register here. Funded by ORN.

Toolkit: Working with People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities who Struggle with Substance Use Disorders

Upcoming: The Working with People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities who Struggle with Substance Use Disorders toolkit is the result of a roundtable discussion that brought together professionals from the substance use disorder services and intellectual/developmental disabilities services fields in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. During the roundtable professionals shared ideas and identified gaps in communication and services for people living with both a substance use disorder and an intellectual and developmental disability. This toolkit provides resources and tools to serve individuals living at this intersection in your community. It was developed with ORN funding and in partnership with the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Institute for Human Development. The toolkit will be available soon. Request access by submitting a request at OpioidResponseNetwork.org using the toolkit's name. 


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