In response to the federal government’s opioid crisis/health emergency declaration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded a two-year grant to AAAP to lead a coalition of national professional organizations in the 2018 Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance (TA) efforts throughout the United States and Territories.
The Opioid Response Network (ORN) is designed to identify local providers/partners who will participate in and manage the successful implementation of the initiative for each state/territory. The goal of ORN is to ensure enhancement and expansion of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs/services. The overall approach will be to streamline efforts across the states ensuring most medically and cost-effective use of resources to truly impact this public health crisis.
AAAP and its coalition of 22 national healthcare partner organizations formed the STR-TA Consortium to provide training and technical assistance across the country focusing on the local level needs. A core team of organizations will lead all strategic planning, oversight, and reporting activities.
The Core Team’s primary responsibilities include identifying, recruiting and contracting with prevention, treatment, and recovery consultants to serve on regional TA teams. TA Teams will consist of an Addiction Specialist Clinical Lead when possible, and if not a physician who has been prescribing medications for addictions for a minimum of two years, a local prevention specialist, and a local recovery support specialist. A pool of physicians with experience in MAT, recovery and prevention will be identified to be able to meet the local needs. An Addiction Technology Transfer Center Tech Transfer Specialist will provide oversight and manage each TA team for each state/territory. Every state and territory will have one designated ATTC Implementation Specialist defined to work with them in STR activities.
Those seeking technical assistance for STR efforts should submit a request form located at
(OpioidResponseNetwork.org). This process will be managed by ATTC and the designated staff person for your state/territory. Once the request form is submitted the individual who submitted the request will be notified within one (1) business day to begin the process of providing support.