Prevention Initiatives

Culturally and linguistically appropriate education and stigma reduction

  • Development of a media marketing campaign
  • Establishment of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Chapters
  • Evidence-based training in collaboration with consortium partners

Increase access to Naloxone

  • Identify partners and non-partners, currently providing Naloxone education and kit distribution.
  • Provide education on best practice and management strategies.
  • Apply for funding to support Naloxone service expansion.

Year-round drug take-back programs

  • Provide education to the community on the importance of drug take-back.
  • Build relationships stakeholders and drug take-back programs.
  • Increase the number of year-round drug take-back programs throughout the service area.

Increase and support school and community-based prevention programs.

  • Expand evidence-based SUD/OUD curricula throughout the education systems within the three-county area including K-12 and higher education.
  • Host educational speakers and public forums throughout the communities.
  • Collaborate with community partners, e.g. farmer’s markets, local fairs, community gatherings, etc., to expand education opportunities.

Identify, screen, and refer individuals at risk for SUD/OUD.

  • Utilize the CMREN media vendor to create a web-based central repository of counseling service, behavioral health service providers, support groups, harm reduction services, and recovery support services.
  • Promote Hope Not Handcuffs (FAN) and MSP Angel Program.
  • Amplify best practices for screening and referral services.

Treatment Initiatives

Screen, refer, and/or treat patients who have SUD/OUD with infectious complications.

  • Engage with collaborative partners to coordinate access to necessary screening and treatment, while developing a comprehensive care plan for SUD/OUD patients with infectious complications.

Recruit, train, and mentor interdisciplinary teams to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

  • Identify barriers for MAT.
  • Increase interdisciplinary recruitment and continuing education for MAT providers.
  • Establish a peer mentoring support network among MAT providers.

    Increase the number of providers and other health and social services professionals treating SUD/OUD.

    • Manage and host interdisciplinary CME approved SUD/OUD training.
    • Increase opportunities for collaborative relationships to provide education for health professionals.
    • Enhance FSU student engagement in SUD/OUD training and education.
      • Grow the workforce through professional development, recruitment incentives, and loan repayment programs.

    Reduce barriers to integrated treatment.

    • Collaborate with FSU Dental Hygiene program and local dentists to reduce barriers to treatment and minimize stigma.
    • Embed FAN initiatives to support stigma reduction, peer recovery, and family support services.
    • Increase the use of community health workers (CHW) to assist in building relationships with at-risk patients, ensure compliance, and decrease barriers to care.
    • Increase use or patient navigators to support integrated treatment and recovery of at-risk populations.
    • Investigate best practices for planning and treatment of pregnant women, the elderly, and children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Events (ACE).

    Strengthen collaboration with law enforcement and first responders.

    • Collaborate with law enforcement and local drug court
      • Hope Not Handcuffs, MSP Angel Program
    • Collaborate with Spectrum Health and First Responders to introduce Come Back Rapid Response Program (quick response team for EMT to call if patient resists being taken to the hospital, a FAN program).
    • Increase emergency treatment availability through collaboration with FSU Criminal Justice Program, FSU Safety, and local law enforcement agencies.

    Optimize reimbursement for treatment encounters through proper coding and billing.

    • Collaborate with MiRHC and Association for Rural and Community Health Professional Coding (ARCHPC) for best-practice education.
    • Provide education to local providers and billing centers to reduce treatment costs.
    • Investigate opportunity to implement new payment models to reduce cost of services uninsured and underinsured patients.

    Enable individual families and caregivers to find access to evidence-based, affordable treatments for SUD/OUD.

    • Promote use of CHW and Patient Navigators to find and access evidence-based affordable treatments, encouraging use of CMREN web site service listing.
    • Coordinate with FAN to deliver family coaching and support services.


    Enhance the discharge coordination for SUD/OUD patients leaving the criminal and/or social justice system.

    • Promote use of CHW and Patient Navigators to find and access evidence-based affordable treatments, encouraging use of CMREN web site service listing.
    • Coordinate with FAN to deliver family coaching and support services.
    • MSP Angel, Hope Not Handcuffs, and Hope and Healing (leaving hospital)
    • Coordinate with faith-based organizations to provide education to individuals in recovery.
    • Establish relationship with Sisters of Sobriety to expand recovery community and create new communities.
    • Establish relationship with local transit authority to increase access to local services.

    Expand peer workforce and programming as interventionists in various settings.

    • Peer recovery coaches, CHS, faith-based programming and support.
    • Increase access to MDHHS certified peer recovery certification trainings.

    Support the development of recovery communities, recovery coaches, and recovery community organizations to expand access to recovery support services.

    • Collaborate with community organizations, e.g. FAN, Sisters of Sobriety and Ten16.
    • Collaborate with Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP) to implement peer recovery coaching in outpatient settings including Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
    • Faith-based wrap-around programs.
    • Intent to develop Narcotics Anonymous Chapters.