The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) a $32 million grant to address opioid use disorders and stimulant use disorders.
Funding will be used for the Opioid Response Network, a program that offers education and training nationwide to mitigate opioid use. To date, the program has provided this free service to more than 3 million people.
Among the network’s accomplishments is the formation of a Kansas City recovery high school, a biweekly forum for clinicians in Texas treating opioid use disorders, and training 83 percent of physicians working in California’s correction facilities.
“The Opioid Response Network has developed an innovative technical assistance delivery structure which allows for rapid response, localized consultation teams, and tailored evidence-based practices and resources,” said Dr. Aimee Campbell, the network’s director of implementation initiatives. “This one-stop-shop for opioid and stimulant prevention, treatment, and recovery (technical assistance) is critical to supporting the diverse needs of communities across the country.”
The grant will be managed by a coalition of 40 national professional organizations, AAAP, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Substance Use Disorders.