Protecting the Vulnerable Substance Use Disorder Population During COVID-19

By Brandon George and Nicolas P. Terry
Earlier this month, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse identified those with substance use disorder (SUD) as a particularly vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. She highlighted the negative effects of opioid or methamphetamine use on respiratory and pulmonary health in addition to the disproportionate number of those with SUD who are homeless or incarcerated.

We detail the additional challenges faced by the SUD population and, specifically, the opioid use disorder (OUD) sub-group at this time, identify positive ameliorative steps taken by federal, state, and local governments, and recommend additional steps. Learn more »


State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Application Due Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (Short Title: PPW-PLT). The purpose of the program is to enhance flexibility in the use of funds designed to: 1) support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorders; 2) help state substance abuse agencies address the continuum of care, including services provided to pregnant and postpartum women in nonresidential-based settings; and 3) promote a coordinated, effective and efficient state system managed by state substance abuse agencies by encouraging new approaches and models of service delivery. Learn more »


Syringe bill dies in state Senate

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate failed to pass a bill that would have extended the sunset clause for syringe service programs in the state, meaning that the state’s programs in nine counties could cease to exist next year. Learn more »


All IN: Understanding Addiction, Minimizing Stigma: Museum Exhibit Explores the Opioid Crisis

A new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum aims to show visitors what it's like to live with opioid addiction. We talk to the people behind it, as well as a contributor who lived through addiction, about how they put it together.

Guests: Brandon George - Director, Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, Bethany Thomas - Vice President of Education, Programs and Interns, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Brian Mancuso - Vice President of Experience, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Cathy Ferree - President and CEO, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Learn more »


Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant

Application Due Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Rural Emergency Medical Services Training grants (EMS Training). The purpose of this program is to recruit and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in rural areas. SAMHSA recognizes the great need for emergency services in rural areas and the critical role EMS personnel serve across the country.

SAMHSA plans to issue 25 grants of up to $200,000 per year for up to 4 years. Learn more »


Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems

Application Due Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems (Zero Suicide). The Zero Suicide model is a comprehensive, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in health systems. The purpose of this program is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs for individuals who are 25 years of age or older. This program is designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide. Recipients will implement the Zero Suicide model throughout their health system.

SAMHSA plans to issue up to 17 grants of up to $700,000 per year for up to 5 years. Learn more »


Teens & Young Adults In Indiana Can Now Enroll In Free E-Cigarette Quit Program

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), in partnership with the Truth Initiative®, today announced a text message program to help Indiana teens and young adults who want to quit vaping.

The "This is Quitting" program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to or successfully quit e-cigarettes. Hoosier youth who need help quitting vaping can text "Indiana" to 88709 and receive age-appropriate recommendations about ways to quit. The program is part of a three-pronged approach directed by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb to reduce youth vaping that focuses on prevention, education and cessation. About Vape-Free Indiana »


Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) Expansion Grants

Application Due Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) Expansion Grants (CCBHC Expansion Grants). The purpose of this program is to increase access to, and improve the quality of community mental and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services through the expansion of CCBHCs. CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered integrated services. The CCBHC Expansion grant program must provide access to services including 24/7 crisis intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness or SUDs, including opioid use disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance; and individuals with co-occurring mental and substance disorders. SAMHSA expects that this program will provide comprehensive 24/7 access to community-based mental and SUD services; treatment of co-occurring disorders; and physical healthcare in one single location. Learn more about this Grant »


Funding Available for Peer Recovery Training and Jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a National Health Emergency Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant to the state of Indiana that is aimed at helping eligible individuals impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. This grant will provide eligible participants with disaster-relief employment in positions addressing the crisis, such as community health workers, recovery coaches, and peer navigators, to help individuals travel the path to recovery. More »


Opioid crisis: 7 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US has to be treated for opioid withdrawal

The US spent $572.7 million in 2016 to treat children born with this condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when a baby withdraws from certain drugs he/she was exposed to in the mother's womb. More »


Courts as conveners: Task force led by Rush releases recommendations for judicial response to opioid crisis

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force was created in 2017 to delve into ways the judiciary could get a handle on the opioid crisis. Co-chaired by Rush and Deborah Tate, director of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, the task force’s work culminated late last month in the release of a report that includes four findings and six recommendations for how courts can respond to the current drug scourge and be better prepared for the next addiction crisis. More »


Applications now available: New program helps those in recovery find housing

Individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder often have difficulty finding and securing safe and affordable housing. To address this need, Governor Holcomb's office, the Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority have created the Landlord Mitigation Reserve Fund. More »


How many tries does it take to resolve a substance use problem? Lessons from a national study of recovering adults in the U.S.

This study used data from the National Recovery Study, a large nationally–representative sample of 2,002 U.S. adults who indicated that they used to have a substance use problem, but no longer do. As part of the survey, participants answered the question, “Approximately how many serious attempts did you make to resolve your alcohol/drug problem before you overcame it?” Participants also self-reported demographic information, as well as primary substance, clinical histories, and measures of psychological distress/well-being. More »


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 »