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League Receives SAMHSA Grant Funding

The League is thrilled to announce we have received a $524,670 award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement the Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction Grant (TI-18-009). The League is partnering initially with the Family Health Center of Worcester, Lowell Community Health Center, and Brandeis University as evaluators to support additional nurse care management and integration of recovery coaches into substance use disorder (SUD) care teams to strategically address gaps in community-based care. This grant expands the League's growing capacity to support SUD care delivery and funding opportunities for Massachusetts Community Health Centers.

League Convenes Primary Care Association SUD Roundtable

At the recent National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Institute in Orlando, the League took the lead in partnering with NACHC and our sister agency at CHCANYS to convene and facilitate a Roundtable Discussion on substance use disorders (SUD). The intent of this initial gathering was to learn from Primary Care Associations across the county and share how each is responding to the challenges of SUD care delivery and the associated training and technical assistance needs of CHCs they support. Topics covered included creating leadership buy-in to develop and integrate services; moving the clinical dial through waiver training; creating data collection tools, patient registries, and quality measures; and creating partnerships with policy makers and payers among others. At the NACHC PCA & HCCN Conference, November 14-16 in New Orleans, the League, in partnership with NACHC and CHCANYS, will continue to support this learning collaboration to enhance PCA capacity to support training and technical assistance needs of CHCs as they innovate and respond to SUD in the communities they serve.

HRSA Awards $12,128,710 to 38 Massachusetts Health Centers for SUD and MH Services

On September 19, 2018, HRSA announced nearly $400 million in awards to health centers, academic institutions, and rural organizations to combat the opioid crisis in communities across the U.S. Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) awards: $352 million in funding will expand access to substance use disorder and mental health services at 1,232 community health centers across the nation. SUD-MH will expand access to integrated services by increasing personnel and enhancing infrastructure. Learn more about SUD-MH awards.

Substance Use Training & Capacity Building Opportunities

    Provider Clinical Support Systems (PCSS) - PCSS is a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created in response to the opioid overdose epidemic to train primary care providers in the evidence-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and treatment of chronic pain. They offer a variety of online educational opportunities including Buprenorphine Waiver Training / DATA 2000 Waiver Training for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. To learn more click HERE.
    American Society of Addiction Medicine - ASAM Trainings: - Founded in 1954, ASAM is a professional medical society representing over 5,500 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. ASAM offers a variety of in-person and online educational opportunities, including larger national educational forums for in-depth knowledge transfer about SUD care. For more information on this and other ASAM courses, click HERE.

GE Foundation-funded SUSTAIN Communities Initiative

Award Announcement: The League is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the GE Foundation SUSTAIN Communities grants, an initiative designed to develop and expand capacity of community health centers to address opioid use disorders. As a continuing response to the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, the second cohort of the year-long, SUSTAIN Communities practice transformation grant awards $50,000 stipends to support center participation in the initiative. Community Health Centers receiving an award include:

  • Caring Health Center
  • Charles River Community Health
  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Harbor Health Services
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Lynn Community Health Center
  • Manet Community Health Center
  • Mattapan Community Health Center
  • North End Waterfront Health
  • South End Community Health Center

Background: The overarching goals of the SUSTAIN grants are to support an increase in access to care and to support development of recovery-informed environments for patients with substance use disorders. SUSTAIN participants have access to a variety of training and technical assistance provided by League-contracted physician peer mentors, a risk rounds team development specialist from Partners Healthcare, and Project ECHO©, a virtual tele-mentoring model supported by Boston Medical Center. The Boston Medical Center and the League support additional substance use related technical assistance as part of the grant.

As a response to the opioid overdose epidemic and part of a continued funding commitment by the GE Foundation, the League developed and launched a program to support health centers in building recovery-informed environments for patients with substance use disorders in 2017. The initiative, Substance Use Support & Technical Assistance IN Communities (SUSTAIN Communities), seeks to expand the capacity of community health centers to address substance use disorders in the communities they serve. Through a competitive application process, ten (10) community health centers are chosen to participate over the course of 10-12 months. Selected community health centers receive a $50,000 stipend to support engagement in this initiative. The program receives additional support from Partners HealthCare.

Chsange from Previouos Funding Cycle: This funding opportunity is now open to all Massachusetts health centers -- both FQHCs and hospital-licensed health centers. We did not have time to re-write the funding documents below which state one criteria for eligibility of funding is to have HRSA funding; this is no longer applicable, so all CHCs can apply.

The deadline for submitting applications was December 18, 2017. This second round of funding for SUSTAIN Communities was awarded in January 2018.

For more information on the League's SUSTAIN program and the application process, contact Jim Hiatt.

Clinical Consultation/Support for Substance Use Disorders

    Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) SUD Care Mentoring - PCSS provides clinical mentoring programs aimed at improving confidence and skills in preventing, identifying, and treating substance use disorders, opioid use disorders, and chronic pain. To learn more, click HERE.
    Boston Medical Center (BMC) Addiction Chat Live, Thursdays 7:00 7:50AM Led by addiction specialist Rachel King, a board certified addiction medicine physician, this platform is intended to offer opportunities to discuss clinical questions, get support for the challenging yet rewarding work of SUD care, and hear updates on policies, legislation, funding and other areas impacting SUD care delivery. This is supported on the Zoom technology platform. For more information and login access please contact:
    Clinician Consultation Center Substance Use Warmline - HRSA sponsors The University of California-San Francisco's Clinician Consultation Center Warmline to support primary care providers at health centers. Get free, expert clinical advice on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for managing complex patients with addiction, chronic pain, and behavioral health issues. Both online and phone consultations are available. The Warmline is accessible by phone toll free at 855-300-3595 and operates from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday. Providers can also upload cases online. To learn more, click HERE.


Patricia Edraos: Celebrating 36 years of outstanding service to health centers & the League