A public-private collaborative including the state of Michigan and key nonprofit funders, the Michigan Opioid Partnership’s mission is to decrease Michigan opioid overdoses and deaths through prevention, treatment, harm reduction and sustained recovery.
Over the past decade, opioid addiction rates have risen to unprecedented levels, both in Michigan and across the country.
In fact, in 2018 alone, 2,600 Michigan residents died by an overdose — almost three times the number of traffic deaths that year.
In response to the growing crisis, the Michigan Opioid Partnership (MOP) was formed in 2017 — a public-private collaborative that includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other key funders (listed at left) who share the goal of decreasing the growing number of opioid overdoses and deaths.
The Michigan Opioid Partnership includes:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
- Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
- Ethel and James Flinn Foundation
- The Jewish Fund
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
- Michigan Health Endowment Fund
- Superior Health Foundation
The MOP’s purpose is twofold: First, to help hospitals and jails refine the process of identifying people with opioid use disorder during hospital visits and at jail intake; and second, to initiate treatment via medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
To date, $4 million in grants has been committed to several Michigan hospital systems and jails to pilot projects to combat the opioid crisis through prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and sustained recovery. As a result, people across the state of Michigan are beginning to receive increased access to lifesaving, evidence-based treatment and care.
The MOP in Hospitals
In 2018, Beaumont Hospital in southeast Michigan and Munson Medical Center in northern lower Michigan received the first funds for pilot projects that utilize MOUD in partnership with outpatient treatment providers. Since then, other projects are being implemented by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and War Memorial Hospital in Sault St. Marie.
As the MOP expands its work, the project will address the increasing overdose death rate in some of the hardest hit counties in the state (such as Wayne and Genesee counties), including the disparities that exist around barriers to treatment. According to data collected in 2018 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, although overall overdose death rates are down slightly across the state (3.2% overall), overdose fatality rate among African-American residents increased by nearly 20%.
The MOP in Jails
Outside of the hospital efforts, the partnership is also funding organizations working in Michigan’s correctional system to expand access to MOUD and enhance identification of substance use disorders at jail intake. Wayne State University’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice received a grant in 2019 to coordinate the effort and work in partnership with the county jails and outpatient providers to serve inmates with addiction.
As the opioid crisis continues to affect communities large and small throughout the state, the MOP is dedicated to reducing overdose deaths, combating the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder and increasing access to evidence-based treatment.
Michigan Community Foundations Harm Reduction Project
We are pleased to announce the launch of a special grantmaking program in partnership with Vital Strategies, aimed at supporting Michigan community foundations for developing and delivering harm reduction services in local jurisdictions.
All certified community foundations in the state of Michigan are eligible to apply. You can find more information here.
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