Join the March All-Participants Meeting at 3PM Eastern with Presentations from ONDCP and Congressional Speaker

CEPOP will be hosting its March All-Participants Teleconference today at 3:00pm EST. Today’s meeting will include presentations from June Sivilli of ONDCP and from Matthew Duglin from the office of Congressman Don Bacon (NE). Ms. Sivilli will present ONDCP updates on MOUD access in criminal justice settings and Mr. Duglin will present on the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act. Please contact Sanjyot Sangodkar for meeting details.

Introduction of The Family Support Services for Addiction Act

Senator Capito, Senators Gillibrand, Representative Meuser, and Representative Trone reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Family Support Services for Addiction Act. The bill would provide $25 million in grant funding to non-profits and community organizations to support families whose relatives are receiving addiction treatment. Programming includes caregiver peer support groups, education and training for organizations, system navigation for families trying to access treatment, counseling services, and specialized groups for those in crisis and dealing with grief. Funds will be appropriated from HHS, $5 million per fiscal year, for five years. Representative Trone stated, “The Family Support Services for Addiction Act recognizes the toll substance use disorder takes on families and equips them with the knowledge, guidance, and support to best help their loved ones suffering from this disease. We must never forget that we’re all in this fight together.”

Articles & Resources

Senator Gillibrand – Gillibrand, Capito Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Families of Individuals Struggling with Substance Use Disorder

117th Congress – H.R. 433 Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2021

SAMHSA Announces Grants for Opioid Recovery Centers

On Friday, March 17th, SAMHSA announced grants for Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers. The grant aims to create and support treatment programs and centers that provide a wide range of treatment therapies, including harm reduction and support services. The eligible centers must also offer all three FDA-approved medications (buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone) for opioid use disorder. Public and private non-profit entities that provide treatment and resources can apply. Two grants will be awarded for $850,000 annually for up to four years.

Supplementary information can be found here.

Articles & Resources

SAMHSA – Grant: Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers

SAMHSA – Notice of Funding Opportunity

What We Read Last Week

Several articles were published last week pertaining to the opioid epidemic, covering a variety of different components of the topic. Links to relevant articles are provided below.

Associated Press – With Overdoses Up, States Look at Harsher Fentanyl Penalties

BMJ – Maternal Opioid Treatment After Delivery and Risk of Adverse Infant Outcomes: Population Based Cohort Study

Governor Newsom – Governor Newsom Releases Master Plan for Tackling the Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis

DEA – Public Safety Alert: DEA Reports Widespread Threat of Fentanyl Mixed with Xylazine

DOJ – OJJDP FY 2023 Mentoring for Youth Affected by Opioid and Other Substance Misuse Grant

JAMA – Association of Household Opioid Availability With Opioid Overdose

JAMA – Association Between Hospital Adoption of An Emergency Department Treatment Pathway for Opioid Use Disorder and Patient Initiation of Buprenorphine After Discharge

JAMA Psychiatry – Association of Implementation of Postoverdose Outreach Programs With Subsequent Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Massachusetts Municipalities

KFF – Some Roadblocks to Lifesaving Addiction Treatment Are Gone. Now What?

The Lancet – Synthesizing Evidence of the Effects of COVID-19 Regulatory Changes on Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Implications for Policy

NPR – Opioids are Devastating Cherokee Families. The Tribe has a $100 Million Plan to Heal

STAT – Methadone Doses Haven’t Kept Up in the Age of Fentanyl. A New Rule Aims to Help

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