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Senate Bill (19)-001 MOUD Expansion Project Lessons Learned: Improving MOUD Delivery and Reducing Disparities in Rural Colorado

 Aimee Techau, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, University of Colorado College of Nursing and Jennifer Place, MA, LPC, LAC, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention


Target Audience: This presentation was developed for substance use disorder project directors, managers, and facilitators. This presentation will be especially inforMOUDive for organizations that were awarded federal or state grants for substance use disorder programming and are running community consortiums. This presentation is also appropriate for providers and/or providers-in-training from diverse healthcare professions including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.

Webinar Description: Rural counties are disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic across America, having limited services. Positive results from a 2017 pilot project to expand MOUD services into rural areas led to coordination of service expansion across rural Colorado through funding from Senate Bill (19)-001. This presentation will focus on lessons learned from both the pilot and expansion efforts from 2017-2021 including techniques used to pinpoint common themes among rural sites and subsequent development of novel interventions, technologies, and strategies for improving MOUD services for clients. The collective impact model utilized by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and the role of the University Of Colorado College Of Nursing in influencing change in frontier communities will be discussed.

Educational Objectives:

  • Review Colorado’s Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion program, University of Colorado College of Nursing involvement and the foundational work of the Consortium’s Treatment Work Group, policy efforts, and partnerships.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical support, resources, and innovative practices.
  • Review rural/frontier challenges and reducing disparities: broadband, transportation, access, and stigma.
  • Outline emergent themes in improving health care delivery of MOUD in rural areas.
  • Highlight Innovative efforts: Low barrier approaches, medication first, contingency management, recovery-oriented models of care, peer support, co-occurring and poly-substance treatment.

Support for the Program:
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Oct 01, 2024
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 Attendance Credit
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