Alabama SOR is a statewide effort to reduce deaths related to opioid and stimulant overdose by 45% over the two-year project period. The project will continue to support efforts that have worked well in urban communities hardest hit by the epidemic, and expand the use of evidence-based practices and harm reduction strategies in rural communities that have limited resources to address growing substance use disorder problems.
Project goals include: 1) lowering the opioid overdose death rate to 45% by 10/1/2022 by increasing the use of medication assisted treatment and evidence based treatment approaches to stimulant use; 2) lowering the opioid and stimulant overdose death rate by 45% by 10/1/2022 by reducing disparities in treatment and recovery support services accessibility; 3) expanding access to peer support services in targeted urban and rural communities; 4) improving data collection for opioid use disorders and stimulant use disorders, and using this data to enhance coordination of strategies and efforts across all state agencies in responding to this crisis; and 5) preventing new cases of opioid misuse by expanding community prevention efforts, including efforts that will increases the awareness of, and use of, naloxone.
The project will implement five strategies to accomplish these goals: 1) expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment, particularly with populations, or in areas, where disparities in access exist or where opioid use disorders are most prevalent; 2) expand and enhance the use of telehealth technologies to increase access to substance use disorder treatment; 3) expand substance use prevention efforts that are consistent with the state’s Opioid Prevention Strategic Plan; 4) expand access to prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including illicit use of prescription opioids, heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogs) and co-occurring conditions; and 5) expand access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services to address stimulant misuse and use disorders, including services for cocaine and methamphetamine use and co-occurring conditions.
The project will serve 12,000 individuals annually and 24,000 throughout the two-year grant period.
The project will be administered by the Alabama Department of Mental Health’s Division of Substance Abuse Services, which has been designated as the Single State Agency for SAMHSA SOR services.