Pennsylvania proposes to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD). The project will support a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic using strategies to address identified needs along with the required activities of the grant.
Strategies will include:
• Providing clinically-appropriate treatment services to 3,500 individuals (7,000 during the project) who are uninsured or underinsured.
• Supporting workforce development in the areas hardest hit by the epidemic through a loan repayment program serving 100 professionals (200 during the project) and training support to 200 professionals (400 during the project).
• Expanding treatment capacity for Medication Assisted Treatment for OUD to 2,000 individuals (4,000 during the project) through a hub and spoke model.
• Expanding treatment capacity for Medication Assisted Treatment for OUD to 325 inmates (650 during the project).
• Expanding treatment capacity and recovery supports for priority OUD populations including 1,000 pregnant women (2,000 during the project) and 1,000 homeless individuals (2,000 during the project).
• Increasing community awareness of OUD issues and resources through public awareness activities and availability of a helpline that provides direct connections to treatment services.
• Expanding efforts with educational institutions and training provider to recruit, train, and place 200 CRS professionals (400 during the project).
• Implementing a multi-year, evidence-based prevention initiative in 10 communities to educate 1,600 parents and children (3,440 during the project).
• Training over 64,000 prescribers and dispensers (128,000 during the project) on opioid stewardship.
• Training over 1,750 OUD healthcare providers (3,500 during the project) on evidence-based practices including MAT, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.