Alabama Opioid Strategic Targeted Response (STR) Grant
The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) proposes to enhance and expand opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, recovery support and related services for unserved and underserved populations and locations in Alabama. This statewide initiative, the Alabama Opioid Strategic Targeted Response (STR), will seek to implement life-saving strategies to aid in combating the state’s current opioid epidemic. ADMH will utilize the Alabama Opioid STR to:
- expand access to medications approved by the FDA for treatment of opioid use disorders;
- improve retention in care for individuals who have been diagnosed with an OUD;
- improve the skills of Alabama’s workforce for delivery of evidence-based services for OUDs;
- reduce stigma and improve public awareness of Alabama’s opioid misuse and addiction crisis and of treatment options available;
- increase the availability of Naloxone in unserved areas of the state with high overdose death rates; and
- enhance statewide coordinated efforts of the strategic prevention framework (SPF) in areas identified as high need and target prescription drug misuse with youth and adults.
A 24/7 hotline has been established and a treatment related media campaign has been implemented to promote improved access to care.
Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PODA)
The Alabama MAT-PDOA project has funded non-profit substance abuse treatment providers Jefferson and Walker Counties to provide:
- Recovery Support Services,
- Care Coordination,
- MAT, and
- Detoxification Services.
The grant goals are to:
- Expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD);
- Increase the number of peer support specialists (PSSs) involved in MAT;
- Improve Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment retention rates; and
- Decrease rates of prescription and illicit opioid drug use and overdose related deaths in Jefferson and Walker Counties.