Prevention: In collaboration with local community partners, Hudson Mohawk AHEC coordinates community and provider education events that focus on increasing awareness of substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) and decreasing related stigma. The events include Naloxone/Narcan trainings, as well as substance use trainings for health care professionals and law enforcement to learn best practices in preventing opioid usage and related deaths. In addition, provider partners will implement evidence based tools for screening and assessing individuals who are at risk for SUD/OUD.
Treatment: In collaboration with local community partners and provider partners, the AHEC will increase the number of providers trained in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). MAT is used to treat OUD by incorporation medication with counseling or behavioral therapy. For more information on MAT, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment. Partners will also strengthen collaboration with local law enforcement, including first responders, through coordinating or supporting trainings to enhance their ability to provide emergency treatment to those with SUD/OUD.
Recovery: Hudson Mohawk AHEC and community and provider partners focus expanding availability and access to recovery services. Through the identification and development of recovery support services, we hope to expand the access to local services and enable individuals, families, and caregivers to find resources that best suit their needs.
Opioid Prevention Education Program (OPEP)
In partnership with the New York State AHEC System and with funding from the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), we coordinate and collaborate with local community-based partners, high schools and colleges to host community events designed to increase community knowledge and awareness of opioid abuse, prevention, and available treatments and provide participants with information and resources of available community services.
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (R-CORP)
R-CORP is a multi-year opioid-focused initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD). At Hudson Mohawk AHEC, we are specifically working with partners in Montgomery County and Hamilton County to:
1. Ensure that rural communities have sufficient access to naloxone.
2. Increase collaboration with local health departments, emergency response personnel, local police, and other community members.
3. Improve family members’, caregivers’, and the public’s understanding of evidence-based treatments and prevention strategies for SUD/OUD .
4. Provide training for physicians, behavioral health providers, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and other health and social service professionals who are able to identify and treat SUD/OUD.
5. Organize DATA 2000 Drug Enforcement Agency waivers.
6. Increase the number of support staff with the training and education to provide activities and services to complement MAT.
7. Train providers, administrative staff, and other relevant stakeholders to maximize reimbursement for treatment and billing.
8. Facilitate training addressing reimbursement maximization for providers, administrative staff and other professionals.
9. Strengthen collaboration with law enforcement and first responders to enhance their capability of responding and/or providing emergency treatment to those with SUD/OUD.