Maintaining Recovery In Crisis

To provide insights and advice based on his professional and lived experience, Brandon George, the vice president of recovery programs and advocacy at Mental Health America of Indiana, offered his time to the Be Well Indiana blog to discuss the realities of addiction and recovery along with ways to help people maintain recovery. Learn more »

How the Pandemic Is Impacting the Opioid Crisis and People in Recovery

Legal Services Corporation President Ron Flagg discusses how the COVID pandemic is deepening the opioid crisis and complicating the lives of persons in recovery. Learn more »

Recovery Housing Program Webinar, September 13th 10:30am

The Recovery Housing Program provides funding for communities to provide stable, transitional housing for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The funding covers a period of no more than two years or until the individual secures permanent housing, whichever is earlier.

The Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs is administering this pilot program in partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to build or rehabilitate facilities to provide temporary, supportive housing. A total of two allocations have been granted to the State to administer the pilot program totaling $1,706,000. RHP was authorized under Section 8071 of the Support for Patients and Communities, or SUPPORT, Act. HUD published its formula in the Federal Register on April 17, 2019 (84 FR 16027), identifying the 25 eligible grantees and allocation percentages. Learn more »

Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing an unprecedented 93,331 predicted drug overdose deaths in 2020. It is likely that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the overdose epidemic, but we know that overdose numbers were rising even before the pandemic hit. This is why the Biden-Harris Administration is working urgently to take actions that treat substance use disorder as a chronic—not acute—condition that requires long-term investments and strategies. Learn more »

Improving Access to Treatment: DEA's New Mobile Methadone Van Rule

On Monday, June 28, the DEA announced a new rule that will improve access to methadone—an evidence-based medication for opioid use disorder—by streamlining registration requirements on mobile methadone vans. This important rule change will make it easier for treatment providers to operate mobile methadone vans, thus helping them expand the geographic reach of their program and help individuals with opioid use disorders in underserved communities receive necessary care. Learn more »

Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program

The Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program is a free, voluntary program for pregnant Medicaid members who use opioids or have used opioids in the past. The program ensures individuals’ privacy and confidentiality. The Pregnancy Promise Program connects individuals to prenatal and postpartum care, other physical and mental health care, and treatment for opioid use disorder. Learn more »   PPP Member Handout (English)   PPP Member Handout (Spanish)

Amid the state's successes in addressing addiction, 1 failure stands out

Two steps forward. In Indiana in 2017 several impactful things happened regarding addiction, now more commonly referred to as "substance use disorder." Learn more »

The Biden-Harris Administration's Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One

President Biden has made clear that addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic is an urgent priority for his administration. In March, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan, which appropriated nearly $4 billion to enable the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to vital behavioral health services. Learn more »

Fentanyl Test Strips Fact Sheet

"Drug checking" is a form of harm reduction in which illicit drugs or illegally obtained prescription pills are chemically analyzed to determine the composition of the substance or the presence of an adulterant. One form of drug checking is the distribution and use of fentanyl test strips (FTS), which are disposable, single-use tests that can detect the presence of fentanyl or fentanyl analogs in a substance. Learn more »

Commissioners support continuing Wayne County's syringe program

A resolution extending the program through June 30, 2023, will be drafted, and commissioners will then vote on that resolution. The state legislature extended the law permitting syringe exchanges to 2026; however, counties may only renew for a maximum of two years. Learn more »

Southern Indiana needle exchange program that helped curb HIV outbreak to be shut down

In front of a packed meeting room with community members spilling out into the adjoining hallway, Scott County commissioners voted 2-1 to end the Syringe Service Program (SSP) by Jan. 1, 2022, although they said that date is flexible. However, advocates for the program — including public health experts and people who spoke firsthand about how it helped them overcome addiction — worried that the vote was taken without an alternative for recovery care in place. Learn more »

Grant Opportunity Announcement - June 2021

The Indiana Department of Health's (IDOH's) Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention has been awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase comprehensiveness and timeliness of drug overdose surveillance data; make the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program more user-friendly; work with health systems, insurers, and communities to improve opioid prescribing; and build state and local capacity for public health programs related to substance use disorder. As part of these efforts, the Indiana Department of Health is implementing the Indiana Communities Advancing Recovery Efforts (IN CAREs) Enhancing Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO). Learn more »

Indiana county notorious for HIV outbreak may close syringe exchange (

Years ago, a syringe exchange helped end a devastating HIV outbreak. Now it might be forced to close. The Indiana county at the center of a devastating HIV crisis in 2015 may soon close the syringe exchange program widely credited with helping to end its outbreak. Learn more »

Save Scott County SSP: Healthcare Professionals Letter of Support

The Scott County, Indiana commissioners are moving to close our syringe services program (SSP). As you remember, Scott County was the site of the unprecedented 2015 HIV outbreak. We fought to be able to open the SSP to not only stop the transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases, but also offer access to life affirming services to highly stigmatized people living desperate lives. It was so successful that it's become a national model. Below is a link to a letter from healthcare professionals, researchers, and experts asking the commissioners to keep the SSP open. If this describes you, or your organization, will you please sign it and then distribute the link and invitation to as many people and organizations as possible requesting them to sign on as well? If you and your organization are not in the healthcare or harm reduction field, you can still help by distributing this urgent request to as many people and organization as you can.
Please, help by signing this letter today and passing it on to as many people and organizations as possible. Sign this letter »

IAPRSS: Valuable Resource for Peer Recovery Supports

IAPRSS provides access and structure to the ever-growing continuing education of peer recovery support professionals. These benefits are open to all peer recovery supports. More »