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AFMC’s Rural Communities’ Opioid Response Program – Implementation (RCORP-I)

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In September 2020, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) awarded AFMC the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-I) grant. RCORP-I is a three-year initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high-risk rural communities.

The goal of this grant is to implement robust, evidenced-based interventions and promising practice models that expand access and strengthen the quality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) services with an emphasis on prevention, treatment and recovery in Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence and Sharp counties.

Project Goals

The goals of this grant program are:

  1. Incorporate prevention activities by dissemination throughout the catchment area (This would include access to training, referral resources and informational tools).
  2. Increase SUD/OUD treatment and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in the catchment area.
  3. Engage and empower communities, families and caregivers by providing evidence-based and best practice SUD/OUD recovery model tools.
  4. Leverage existing materials to enhance prevention activities and training for community organizations SUD/OUD services in the catchment area.
  5. Engage treatment providers within year one to include services for pregnant and postpartum women who are at risk for SUD/OUD.

This grant operates with both a master consortium that will provide leadership and management oversight for grant activities and a community-specific consortium that will lead grant activities within the five Arkansas counties.

About

In September 2020, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) awarded AFMC the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-I) grant. RCORP-I is a three-year initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high-risk rural communities.

The goal of this grant is to implement robust, evidenced-based interventions and promising practice models that expand access and strengthen the quality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) services with an emphasis on prevention, treatment and recovery in Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence and Sharp counties.

Project Goals

The goals of this grant program are:

  1. Incorporate prevention activities by dissemination throughout the catchment area (This would include access to training, referral resources and informational tools).
  2. Increase SUD/OUD treatment and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in the catchment area.
  3. Engage and empower communities, families and caregivers by providing evidence-based and best practice SUD/OUD recovery model tools.
  4. Leverage existing materials to enhance prevention activities and training for community organizations SUD/OUD services in the catchment area.
  5. Engage treatment providers within year one to include services for pregnant and postpartum women who are at risk for SUD/OUD.

This grant operates with both a master consortium that will provide leadership and management oversight for grant activities and a community-specific consortium that will lead grant activities within the five Arkansas counties.

RCORP-I Primary Consortium Members

RCORP-I Community Collaborators

The RCORP-I Community Collaborators are key partners who can help maintain awareness, secure support and attract resources to aid in the sustainability of the consortium and activities. If you are interested in becoming a Community Collaborator, please submit an inquiry in the Contact Us section below.

RCORP-I Core Activities:

AFMC, consortium and community collaborators work to implement the RCORP-I workplan activities which outline 15 core activities to achieve the goals of the RCORP-Implementation initiative. The 15 activities are organized into four main areas of prevention, treatment, recovery and sustainability.

Prevention

  1. Educate to improve understanding of evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery strategies for SUD/OUD, and to reduce the stigma associated with the disease.
  2. Increase access to naloxone within the rural service area and provide training on overdose prevention and naloxone administration to ensure that individuals likely to respond to an overdose can take the appropriate steps to reverse an overdose.
  3. Implement year-round drug take-back programs.
  4. Increase and support the use of school- and community-based prevention programs that are evidence-based to prevent misuse of opioids and other substances.
  5. Identify and screen individuals at risk for SUD/OUD and provide or make referrals to prevention, harm reduction, early intervention, treatment and other support services to minimize the potential for the development of SUD/OUD

Treatment

  1. Screen and provide, or refer to, treatment patients with SUD/OUD who have infectious complications, including HIV, viral hepatitis and endocarditis, particularly among persons who inject drugs (PWID).
  2. Recruit, train and mentor interdisciplinary teams of SUD/OUD clinical and social service providers who are trained, certified and willing to provide MAT, including both evidence-based behavioral therapy and FDA-approved pharmacotherapy.
  3. Increase the number of providers and other health and social service professionals who can identify and treat SUD/OUD by providing professional development opportunities and recruitment incentives such as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).
  4. Train providers, administrative staff and other relevant stakeholders to optimize reimbursement for treatment encounters through proper coding and billing across insurance types to ensure financial sustainability of services.
  5. Reduce barriers to treatment by supporting integrated treatment and recovery, including integration with behavioral health, the criminal justice system, dentistry and social services. As appropriate, provide support to pregnant women, children and other at-risk populations using approaches that minimize stigma and other barriers to care.

Recovery

  1. Enhance discharge coordination for people leaving inpatient treatment facilities and/or the criminal justice system who require linkages to home and community-based services and social supports, including case management, housing, employment, food assistance, transportation, medical and behavioral health services, faith-based organizations, and sober/transitional living facilities.
  2. Expand the peer work force and programming as interventionists in various settings, including hospitals, emergency departments, law enforcement departments, jails, SUD/OUD treatment programs and in the community.
  3. Support the development of recovery communities, recovery coaches and recovery community organizations to expand the availability of and access to recovery support services.

Sustainability

  1. Work with insurers and policy makers to address reimbursement for SUD/OUD treatment services.
  2. Coordinate with community organizations to reach the uninsured in the project counties.

Contact Us

If you are interested in working with our consortium or community collaborators on the RCORP-I efforts, please use this form to contact us.

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