News and Announcements
Post-overdose referrals to treatment to increase after EMS legal representation examines lawful cross-agency data sharing
EMS legal representation has determined that EMS post-overdose referrals are allowable without patient consent, after the Wayne State School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) recently explored the issue of cross-agency data sharing. The recent legal decision allows CBHJ programs in Kent and Monroe counties to drastically increase incoming referrals from EMS agencies, and this new EMS referral pathway could create a new paradigm for overdose response if efforts are replicated across the state.
SAMHSA reduces barriers to new methadone patients in jail through crisis exceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic
Jails seeking to begin individuals on methadone treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) during the COVID-19 pandemic now have one less barrier to overcome. Under the crisis exceptions in place during the pandemic, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will allow Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) providers across the country to observe in-person physicals conducted by certain* jail medical staff over telehealth for methadone inductions.
- Rising rates of opioid use disorder in Michigan county jail during COVID-19 pandemic demonstrate need to screen at booking
- Center for Behavioral Health and Justice convenes hundreds of community partners for inaugural Opioid Treatment Ecosystem Summit
- CBHJ Opioid Treatment Ecosystem February 2020 Update
Continuity of care for Opioid Use Disorder during COVID-19
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) recognizes that availability of and access to substance use treatment, including discharge planning and connection to community-based services, may decrease or be temporarily eliminated. As such, the CBHJ has compiled the following recommendations and information relating to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) for those who remain confined and continuity of care as individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) are released during this crisis and transition from jail into the community: Role of MOUD and importance of continuity Response to COVID-19 Psychosocial supports Online reovery meetings
The CBHJ is working to address Michigan's Opioid Epidemic through the Treatment Ecosystem Initiative.
In the United States there have been more than a half million deaths in the past decade, with opioids associated with over two-thirds of these deaths, and the age-adjusted overdose death rate in Michigan is almost twice the national average. The Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice’s Opioid Treatment Ecosystem initiative is a key part of Michigan’s response to the overdose epidemic. In cooperation with the Michigan Opioid Partnership, a public-private collaborative that includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other key funders, the CBHJ is able to provide funding, technical assistance, and evaluation to six counties who are committed to improving the treatment of opioid use disorder for persons booked into jail.