During the past two years Alaska has experienced a decrease in opioid misuse related overdose deaths while simultaneously seeing a dramatic increase in stimulant misuse. This project will help Alaska to combat the opioid/stimulant misuse by enriching prevention efforts, enhancing recovery support efforts for individuals experiencing opioid or stimulant use disorders, and the expansion of the addiction treatment workforce to increase the number of Alaskan served.
The purpose of the Alaska State Opioid Response project is to reduce opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention activities for Opioid and or Stimulant Use Disorders; increase access to treatment and recovery supports for those with opioid and stimulant use disorders and to further enhance the Addiction Treatment workforce's proficiency using evidence based practices.
To meet these goals Alaska will undertake the following objectives: 1) conduct educational outreach and distribution of Naloxone, 2) screen newborns for substance exposure, 3) enhance the functions of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, 4) establish ASAM level 3.3 capabilities within the State, 5) continue development of credentialing standards for peer support specialists, 6) strengthen recovery residences through adding two to rural areas and continue funding for current residences, 7) begin certification of recovery residencies to national standards, 8) increase number of peer support specialists through provided training, 9) provide access to supported employment/education specialists, 10) link providers to Project Echo Opioid and other educational opportunities, 11) host trainings on Evidence Based practices for Addiction Treatment, and 12) publish Medication Assisted Treatment Guide.
To achieve these goals and objectives, this project will work in tandem with current state efforts to develop a coordinated recovery-oriented system of care and utilizing several evidence-based practices. Project Echoes as well as other provider educational opportunities, will enhance Alaska's addiction treatment and recovery workforce. Alaska is working to integrate peer supports into multiple environments as it is proven practice to boost recovery capital. Employment is an important part of recovery and this project will utilize Individual Placement and Supports to help the targeted population find employment of their choice.
This project will provide recovery services to 195 clients in Year 1 and 212 clients in Year 2 (overall project total for treatment and recovery = 404). Workforce enhancement opportunities will be offered to 440 providers in Year 1 and 500 providers in Year 2 (overall project total for workforce development= 940). Overall individuals served as result of grant 1,344.