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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 1/23 Pacing Event: “Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Exploring SAMHSA’s Work to Improve Access to Treatment and Support Evidence Based Practices”

As HIINs and hospitals work to continue to support efforts to address the national opioid crisis, this Pacing Event shared the work and resources of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). SAMHSA’s CSAT focuses on promoting community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services, improving access to treatment, and facilitating the adoption of best practices.

Recognizing hospitals as stakeholders in this work, Onaje Salim, EdD, Director, Division of State and Community Assistance in SAMHSA’s CSAT, discussed SAMHSA’s work to support access to and best practices around treatment, as well as discussed emerging work to explore the use of MAT in ER settings. Dr. Salim shared links to available resources that HIINs and hospitals can use in their work.

In addition, HIIN leaders joined the event to provide updates on their efforts and engage Dr. Salim in a dialogue to facilitate immediate actions for HIINs and hospitals. Specifically, Adam Kohlrus, MS, CPHQ, CPPS, Assistant Vice President, Quality, Safety & Health Policy in the Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, discussed Illinois’ work on various efforts to address the opioid crisis as part of the Michigan HIIN.

The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).

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