The Ohio State Opioid Response (SOR) Project will focus on building a community system of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support) that emphasizes service integration between physical health, emergency health care, behavioral health care, criminal justice, and child welfare. The geographic area for this project is the State of Ohio. The population of focus is adolescents and adults with a diagnosis of opioid use disorder and those at risk for misuse of opioids. To further improve coordination of efforts across state agencies in addressing Ohio’s opioid epidemic and facilitate effective and efficient programming directed at the targeted population, a state opioid coordinator will work in conjunction with the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team to assist the Deputy Director in coordinating funding streams and resources.
The Ohio SOR Project is intended to 1) expand prevention efforts related to naloxone distribution, provide training across systems for professionals to improve system responses to the opioid epidemic, and deploy targeted awareness messaging for communities; 2) expand access to medication-assisted treatment and a clinical workforce with the expertise to provide MAT and psychosocial treatment to individuals with an opioid use disorder, and 3) expand the use of certified peer supporters and access to recovery housing, in particular recovery housing for families; and development of employment opportunities for persons in recovery from opioid addiction. In achieving these aims, programs and services will build upon the work already established by Ohio’s 21st Century CURES State Targeted Response initiative.
It is estimated that the Ohio SOR Project will provide treatment and recovery support services to 9,000 individuals with an opioid use disorder in each year of the project for a total of 18,000 individuals.