Treatment Across Populations
The challenges of SUD can be exacerbated by factors like compounding physical health needs and social circumstances that pose barriers to treatment. Supporting individuals with SUD and increasing access to treatment that is responsive to these needs requires innovative state policy approaches.
State and Federal Policy Actions to Increase Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Massachusetts Uses Opioid Legal Settlement to Advance Equity in Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Despite the rate of opioid use remaining higher among White Americans, Black Americans have experienced the steepest increase in opioid-related overdoses among all groups in recent years. In response, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office directed $1.5 million in grant funding to community organizations to address inequities in access to MOUD.
Feds Revise Buprenorphine Prescribing Requirements (Again)
/by Jodi Manz
After halting last-minute regulatory guidance from the Trump administration in January 2021 on prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD), the Department of Health and Human services released new prescribing guidelines on April 27, 2021. The new guidance allows physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives to prescribe buprenorphine to up to 30 patients without completing a previously required training. States may need to revise regulations, trainings, and other guidance to providers in order to align to this federal change.
State Policy Actions to Decriminalize Controlled Substances
/by Eliza Mette and Jodi Manz
Several states have enacted or proposed legislation to decriminalize controlled substances in response to record high overdose rates. Emerging themes from legislation indicate state interest in reinvesting resources into substance use disorder treatment.
Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Mortality, and Families
State Approaches to Leveraging Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Data to Inform Policymaking
Among the impacts of the ongoing substance use disorder (SUD) epidemic is an increased rate of infants being born with a set of withdrawal-related symptoms called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Multiple state agencies are involved in tracking NAS data on diagnoses, costs of care, and services for parents who may need SUD treatment intervention, and sharing this data can be challenging. Using various data sharing and cross-agency approaches, states are using these data sets to develop policy for prevention and treatment.
State Data Approaches to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
September 16th, 2021, 10:00
This webinar explores two unique state approaches to data NAS data collection, analysis, and cross-agency data linkage, and how states leverage these data to inform better policy and improve health outcomes for both parents and infants.
Maryland’s Family Recovery Courts: Successfully Reuniting Families with the Help of Customized Substance Use Disorder Treatment
To reduce substance use as a key cause of children removed from their homes, Maryland implemented a Family Recovery Court program that connects parents to intensive treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and provides case management and incentives. Over a one-year period, the program produced a 25 percent higher reunification rate, reduced days that children spend in non-kinship foster care (252 vs. 346), and produced more than $1 million in savings for the state’s child protective system.
Individuals at Risks of Homelessness
Family Civil Drug Courts
Family drug courts, civil court approaches building on the work of adult drug courts, work with parents and families engaged in state child welfare systems. These programs aim to reunify families by providing SUD treatment. Family drug court programs are collaborative approaches outside of the corrections continuum that bring together child protective services, behavioral health services, community service providers, and judicial resources to ensure the safety of the children while providing treatment and support to parents.
- Maryland’s Civil Court Approach to Maintain Family Unification: Family Recovery Courts (in preparation)