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New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals

September 05, 2019

In an ongoing effort to help states address the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to expand access to treatment and support near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will receive funding.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced more than $900 million in new funding for a three-year agreement with states, territories, and localities to help better understand the scope of the opioid overdose epidemic. The goal is increased prevention and response activities, releasing $301 million for the first year.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded approximately $932 million to all states as part of its State Opioid Response grants.

According to HHS, approximately 1.27 million Americans now are receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) out of approximately two million Americans with opioid use disorder.

The opioid crisis remains a key priority for Pennsylvania’s hospital community. HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN), which launched during August, is emphasizing the expansion of MAT in hospital emergency departments. The HAP Opioid LAN is a two-year project that is bringing the commonwealth’s hospitals together to adopt evidenced-based best practices to prevent overdoses and help patients recover. This effort is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million grant to address the opioid crisis.

During the two-year initiative, HAP’s Opioid LAN will focus on the following areas:

  • Increasing MAT initiation in the emergency department and warm hand-offs to MAT in the community
  • Increasing direct warm hand-offs to community providers for MAT or abstinence-based treatment
  • Increasing evidence-based opioid use disorder treatment and warm hands-offs for pregnant women through coordination with the Pennsylvania Quality Collaborative
  • Increasing the number of direct inpatient admissions for MAT initiation from the emergency department; and MAT initiation of OUD patients hospitalized, overall
  • Increasing warm hand-offs in primary care settings
  • Increasing access to MAT in primary care settings

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will issue a report summarizing the LAN’s learning and policy recommendations.

For additional information about the HAP LAN, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy.

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