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State Addresses Next Steps to Help Opioid Overdose Patients Get Treatment; HAP Supports Efforts

April 27, 2018

State health care leaders held a news conference about their six regional summits focused on warm hand-off programs. These programs connect opioid overdose patients with treatment.

The state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jennifer Smith and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine discussed lessons learned and next steps to improve and expand these programs. They emphasized coordination at all levels, and said the summits built stronger partnerships that will help get overdose survivors into the treatment they need to reach recovery.

County drug and alcohol authorities are required to establish a warm hand-off policy as part of the 2015–2020 grant agreement between DDAP and entities that administer community substance abuse programs.

HAP helped to convene the summits, and several hospitals participated. Warm hand-off programs are operating in a number of hospitals, at varying levels of implementation. The summits provided a forum to discuss challenges and solutions, and share best practices.

Dr. Charles Barbera, Reading Hospital’s emergency medicine department chair, and Kami Anderson, executive director of the Armstrong Indiana Clinton Drug and Alcohol Commission, shared their success stories during the news conference.

HAP issued a statement from Michael J. Consuelos, M.D., senior vice president, clinical integration.

For information about HAP’s work around the opioid crisis, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s, vice president, regulatory advocacy; Rob Shipp, HAP’s vice president, population health strategies; or Dr. Michael Consuelos, HAP’s senior vice president, clinical integration. 

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