Hawaii State Opioid Response (HI-SOR)
The Hawaii State Opioid Response (HI-SOR) project integrates prevention, treatment and recovery support systems to address rates of opioid use, misuse and fatalities across the state. The HI-SOR project collaborates effort between the Substance and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Hawaii's state agencies, community organizations and healthcare providers that will expand and enhance Hawaii's continuum of health promotion, prevention and care for persons at risk of, or suffering from Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The project advances Hawaii toward a seamless cohesive model of care delivery that engages a public health approach to addiction.
Opioid use and related SUD fatalities, particularly due to opioid prescription misuse, continue to be a concern for the state of Hawaii. The HI- SOR project will mitigate these concerns through three key activity tracks (1) increased treatment access, through organization and coordination of primary and behavioral health systems of care, connecting and synchronizing these systems in a manner that lowers or diminishes the barriers of access to care; (2) training and edification, with the goal of training healthcare providers regarding MAT implementation while providing community education to reducing the stigma surrounding OUD, resulting in improved access to care and improved identification and support for persons at risk or suffering from opioid use disorders; and (3) policy shaping which targets policies and protocols aimed at improving access and expanding proven interventions and prevention strategies such Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
As a result of this project, access to opioid treatment and recovery support services in Hawaii will be expanded to more than 400 individuals. Additionally, this project will deliver services to rural areas in the state and meet challenges associated with service delivery in those areas such as Lanai, Kauai Island, and rural areas of Hawaii Island. The Hawaii SOR project also see the continued expansion and utilization of proven and effective policies and strategies related to opioids, such as use of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Prevention education and training will result in increased awareness of available resources and community support, further eliminating the effects of negative stigma surrounding opioid and other substance use disorders.
Through coordination and integration of the available resources, organizations and activities, this project will continue to unite the systems and result in the continued expansion of services as well as the reduction of barriers to access of such services. In this effort to link and synchronize these systems, the State intends to build a sustainable, flexible system of care that is integrated in the delivery of services when, where, and how the residents of Hawaii need it.