Increasing Access to
Life-Changing Treatment

 

Opioid use disorder is an illness, not a moral failing. We must address this stigma and shift cultures so that patients receive access to the treatment and kindness that they need and deserve.

Critical Access Points

Hospitals and jails across Michigan are critical access points to those with opioid use disorder. We are committed to reducing barriers to treatment. In order to equitably engage all those with opioid use disorder, we are focused on reducing stigma and addressing structural racism.

Hospitals

We support physicians and hospital staff in moving culture change and increasing hospitals’ capacities to treat all patients with opioid use disorder seeking care. The care team then facilitates a warm handoff to medication for opioid use disorder outpatient providers.

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Jails

We are affecting change in the criminal justice system in partnership with the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice at Wayne State University to ensure those with opioid use disorder have access to treatment in jail and through reentry planning—offering hope and rehabilitation.

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Policy

We provide administration and technical assistance for the State of Michigan’s pending legislation to implement medication for opioid use disorder in hospital emergency departments across the state.

Learn more about this legislation here:
Senate Bill: Senate Bill 0579 (2021)
House Bill: House Bill 5163 (2021)

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Harm Reduction

Recovery is not linear, so care coordination and equitable access to other services is critical. We fund harm reduction initiatives that meet users where they are in their journey. Key elements include providing outreach to overdose survivors, connecting them to resources , and focusing on preventing future overdose morbidity.

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"Before [implementing medication for opioid use disorder], we didn’t have a lot of good options for people with opioid use disorder. We’ve improved the patient experience by treating their disease like the chronic condition that it is." Dr. Michael Gratson, MHSA, FACEP Beaumont Health

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If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use disorder, visit SAMHSA.gov/find-treatment and Michigan.gov/opioids 

Questions? Feel free to contact

Marissa Natzke

Project Manager, Health Initiatives, Michigan Opioid Partnership