Policy and Procedure

HEPATITIS C 2022 National Summary Report June 2022 State of Medicaid Access

Hepatitis C: State of Medicaid Access is a collaboration between the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR). The project evaluates hepatitis C (HCV) treatment restriction policies across state Medicaid programs, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (referred to in this report as “states”). The goal of this project is to encourage states and empower advocates to work toward improved access to curative HCV treatment across all Medicaid programs, in order to ensure that every Medicaid enrollee who can benefit from this treatment is able to access it.
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State Legislative Actions to Support the Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural Communities Webinar Materials

More than twenty percent of adults—or 1 in 5—experience a behavioral health disorder every year in the United States. Behavioral health disorders can be challenging to identify, screen for and treat, especially in rural communities and the supply of behavioral health providers often cannot meet the demand for services. This webinar highlighted state policy options to increase access to rural behavioral health providers, including leveraging telebehavioral health, considering licensing policies and compacts, utilizing emerging health professionals to address workforce gaps, and examining scope of practice policies for behavioral health professionals.
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Enroll Now: MAT Course for Judicial Leaders-Understanding Overdose Risk and Medication Efficacy

Addiction Policy Forum, in partnership with Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) and the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness, have released a new online course to help educate judges and court staff on the FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder and their effectiveness for people involved with the criminal justice system.  The course is self-paced and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The course aims to prepare participants with the knowledge and information about what substance use disorder treatment involves, the differences between the types of medications used to treat opioid use disorder, and how those medications work.
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NEXT Distro: Stay Alive, Stay Safe

Drug overdose is a continuing epidemic that claimed the lives of over 67,000 Americans in 2018. Opioids, either alone or in combination with other substances, were responsible for approximately 70% of these deaths. Many of these lost lives and other opioid-related harms are preventable through the timely administration of the opioid reversal drug naloxone and, where appropriate, other follow-up care.
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42 CFR Part 2: The Basics Webinar Materials

This webinar provided an overview of the statute and regulations of 42 CFR, Part 2, the federal regulations for confidentiality of substance use records. It provided a brief history of the statute and its original purpose, and the three major revisions to the regulations. It covered the changes to the statute that were made as part of the CARES Act last year and its impact on providers. It covered the issue of applicability of the regulations as they have evolved over the three major revisions.
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Stigma Webinar Series- Part I - Addressing Stigma: What Is It and What Can We Do About It? Webinar Materials

This webinar provided the foundational information necessary to plan and implement effective anti-stigma strategies. We defined stigma and internalized stigma and their impact on vulnerable populations—drug policy, public perception, healthcare access. We then explored relevant resources, helpful tools, and connect with national organizations doing work in this space.
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Defining a Recovery-Oriented Cascade of Care for Opioid Use Disorder: A Community-Driven, Statewide Cross-Sectional Assessment

In light of the accelerating and rapidly evolving overdose crisis in the United States (US), new strategies are needed to address the epidemic and to efficiently engage and retain individuals in care for opioid use disorder (OUD). Moreover, there is an increasing need for novel approaches to using health data to identify gaps in the cascade of care for persons with OUD.
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HRSA: Telehealth Resource Centers

This link will direct you to the Regional Telehealth Resource Centers homepage. The resource centers provide toolkits, checklists, training videos, webinars, reports and issue briefs, forums and other events focused on “expanding the reach of healthcare and sustainable telehealth programs in local, rural, and underserved communities for the most vulnerable populations and tailored for your region.
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