The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently spoke to Robert Hansen, executive director of West Virginia’s Office of Drug Control Policy, to learn how the state is expanding opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment access and capacity through strategic partnerships that support its Substance Use Response Plan’s goals. West Virginia has made expanding access […]
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About Kristina Long
Kristina Long joined NASHP in April of 2019 as a research analyst for the Chronic and Vulnerable Populations Team. She is involved in a variety of projects focused on mental health and substance use disorders, services. and systems for older adults, and delivery system and payment information. Prior to joining NASHP, Long was a recreational aide at Child and Family Services in Buffalo, NY, working with victims of domestic violence and abuse. Long also worked as a research assistant at Cornell University, where she analyzed the changing familial structure in the United States and the role of social policy. She interned at Art Services, where she worked on an initiative to improve access to art by low-income individuals. Long graduated from Cornell University in 2018, where she majored in Policy Analysis and Management and minored in Demography and Inequality Studies.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic has quietly raged on, requiring states to fight a costly, two-front war. While states have rallied to ensure that opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment remains accessible, organizational and workforce challenges persist and the resources and revenue needed to address them are rapidly changing. Gaps in treatment infrastructure and […]
In response to an increase in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in individuals with substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorders (OUD), state policymakers are employing multifaceted strategies to address this syndemic, collaborating with public and private partners to prevent the spread of infectious disease and provide access to evidence-based treatment. This report […]
States are turning to telehealth to minimize direct contact between patients, providers, and other staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. For opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, this shift represents a significant departure from how these services have been historically delivered and requires rapid organizational changes.
Corrections-involved populations have higher rates of opioid and substance use disorders (SUD) than the general population, with more than 75 percent of recently released individuals reporting an SUD or a chronic medical and/or psychiatric condition. These individuals face numerous barriers to receiving treatment, including stigma, limited access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and disconnected systems of […]
This toolkit highlights state initiatives to help older rural adults age in place by increasing services that help people remain in their homes, expanding and professionalizing the caregiver workforce, improving transportation access and services, and making delivery system reforms within Medicaid programs. Download the toolkit. Introduction Rural areas across the nation have higher concentrations of […]
Kristina Long joined NASHP in April of 2019 as a research analyst for the Chronic and Vulnerable Populations Team. She is involved in a variety of projects focused on mental health and substance use disorders, services. and systems for older adults, and delivery system and payment information. Prior to joining NASHP, Long was a recreational […]