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Request for Input: HEALing Communities Study, An Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis
Posted: June 29, 2018
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has recently released a Request for Information (RFI) for the HEALing Communities Study, part of National Institute of Health (NIH)’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative in response to the opioid crisis.
NIDA, in partnership with SAMHSA, is exploring options for conducting a multi-site national research effort in up to three communities to develop and test approaches for the systematic implementation and sustainability of an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse and OUD. The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of OUD and related infectious diseases (e.g. Hepatitis C and HIV), increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT), increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services. This research would be a part of the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. The HEALing Communities Study will test the implementation of an integrated set of addiction prevention and treatment approaches in an array of settings in up to three communities affected by the opioid crisis. Through this study, NIDA and SAMHSA aim to define effective strategies to reduce opioid overdose and overdose death, while increasing the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment and the number retained in treatment and receiving needed recovery support services.
Despite the availability of multiple effective evidence-based interventions and practices, most Americans at risk for or suffering from an OUD do not receive appropriate prevention and treatment services. Simultaneously, opioid overdose rates continue to increase.
This Request For Input (RFI) seeks input on the design, study outcomes, and necessary partnerships and infrastructure for this multi-site research effort. The RFI is focused on the use, misuse, abuse of opioids and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). Opioids include prescription and illicit opioids, such as heroin, illicitly manufactured fentanyl, and related analogs. Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) refers to the clinical diagnosis defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
This RFI solicits input from the extramural research community and public stakeholders. NIDA and SAMHSA especially seek input on study elements such as, but not limited to:
Target metrics feasible for outcomes, candidate outcomes could include, but are not limited to those listed above: rates of non-fatal and fatal overdose; prevalence and incidence of opioid misuse, OUD and Hepatitis C; percent of patients screened for opioid misuse and OUD and who received a brief intervention or were referred to treatment; percent of patients initiated on MAT and retained in medication treatment beyond 6 months; rates of naloxone distribution and overdose reversals; opioid analgesic and benzodiazepine prescription rates; and implementation of prevention programs
Integrated Evidence-based Interventions:
Infrastructure, Partnerships, Collaboration:
Submit your responses no later than July 20!
Learn more about this RFI and how to submit input.