The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) is partnering with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership (MOP) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide funding and technical assistance for members to implement Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).
The goal of the Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (ED MOUD) initiative is to increase access to evidence-based medication for opioid use disorder and support the transition to long-term office-based treatment upon discharge.
Applications for the upcoming ED MOUD funding will close on Dec. 16. Members should note there is currently legislation pending to implement an opt-out program for Michigan emergency departments (ED) to implement a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program. If passed, hospitals would be required to offer ED-MOUD services or complete a form developed by MDHHS to opt-out.
The MHA Keystone Center is also partnering with MOP to host a webinar Oct. 19 about obtaining an X-Waiver and prescribing MOUD. While this webinar will not fulfill the training requirements for X-Waivers, CME credits will be offered and will provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the process.
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Members with questions about the webinar may contact the MHA Keystone Center.
The MHA Keystone Center is working alongside the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) through the Michigan Opioid Partnership to provide funding and technical assistance for the emergency department-based medication for opioid use disorder (ED MOUD) program. The program will increase access to medication for OUD statewide and connect patients receiving MOUD with appropriate resources to continue care in the community. An online video provides additional information on the program.
The CFSEM recently released impact stories highlighting successes of the program from previous participants. Andrew King, MD, an emergency room physician at Detroit Medical Center and advisor to the CFSEM, has witnessed the effectiveness of MOUD and reminds practitioners that it is possible to guide those with OUD down a path to recovery.
“I can see the people who are now on medications and feeling much better and doing well. They are happy and putting their lives back together, and that’s a beautiful thing!” King says. “By controlling the disease process, maybe they’re treating their kids or their spouse better or they’re doing a better job at work. That’s the whole point of why we signed up for this job — trying to keep people safe and healthy and in the game for as long as possible.” An article from the CFSEM provides additional information.
The MHA has also been advocating to improve legislation related to ED MOUD by working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to ensure all hospitals interested in starting an emergency department-based medication assisted treatment program have the funding resources to do so.
Members with questions on the ED MOUD program may contact the MHA Keystone Center.