The opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic extends beyond the boundaries of traditional state health systems, requiring evidence-based treatment and coordination between state agencies and leaders. To optimize all potential avenues to treatment and reduce overdoses, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is working with states to develop a “no-wrong-door” approach to treatment that prioritizes cross-systems policies. NASHP is providing tools and resources with support from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) and its steering committee. Read our newest blog, State Harm Reduction Services Get Creative in the COVID-19 Era.
States, taking advantage of federal flexibilities and new federal funding, are implementing policy changes that seek to increase availability of and equitable access to behavioral health services. In anticipation of the one-year, 10% increase in the federal medical assistance percentages (FMAP), provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), states have submitted spending plans to […]
In the wake of a nearly 30% increase in drug overdose fatalities within a single year, states have been grappling with how to reduce overdose deaths, including exploring new approaches to penalizing the use of substances. Aligning to Biden administration priorities to increase access to treatment services and address racial inequities in drug policy, some state approaches specifically target interventions to respond to disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latinx Americans who are […]
Nationwide, overdose fatalities continue to climb, and racial disparities in overdose rates persist. Black Americans have experienced the steepest increase in opioid-related overdoses among all groups in recent years, despite the rate of opioid use remaining higher among Whites. While the past few years have seen a significant uptick in the use of buprenorphine to […]
Recent court decisions mandating access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) for people who are incarcerated have contributed to emerging state policy reforms. State prisons and local jails are expanding access to such services to avoid running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal law. Over the past several years, individuals in treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) facing jail or prison time […]