CURRENT OBH GRANTS (OPIOIDS)

Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $1,000,000/year for 3 years
  • Project Period: 09/01/2016 – 08/31/2019
  • Targeted Area: Greater New Orleans (Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemine Parishes)

Overview:

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) received the Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) Grant to expand and enhance capacity for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), wraparound services and recovery support services for individuals with opioid use disorders. The Greater New Orleans area was identified as the region in the state with the most opioid overdose deaths. Funding to Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) for administration will allow a network of programs in the three-parish (Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemine) catchment to increase the total number of individuals receiving MAT services and integrated care. The ultimate goal is to decrease illicit substance use and behavioral health access disparities among the population of focus. The lessons learned will be translated and shared with other LGE’s statewide.

Status: (Updated May 2017)

As of April 2017, OBH has exceeded year 1 goals by treating over 50 patients suffering from opioid use disorder. One contributing factor that helped OBH supersede its goal is the Resource Coordinators. Resource Coordinators are vital to the client services related to the program. They provide clients with care coordination including appropriate referrals for community-based resources that are within the service parameters.

Contact: Christopher Guillory, MAT-PDOA Program Manager Christopher.Guillory@la.gov

Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (La SPF Rx)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $371,616/year for 5 years
  • Project Period: 09/01/2016 – 08/31/2021
  • Targeted Area: Jefferson Parish

Overview:

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) received the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (La SPF Rx) for the purpose of raising awareness about the dangers of sharing medication; to work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults; to raise community awareness; and to increase prescription drug abuse education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers and patients. The goals of the La SPF Rx project include:  

  • Prevent and reduce prescription drug and opioid misuse and abuse in the target population;
  • Raise awareness about prescription drugs and illicit opioid misuse and abuse; and
  • Develop a system to use existing data sources in program planning and evaluation in a proactive/preventive manner in the targeted parish. Note: The SPF Rx differs from previous and existing prevention grants because of its specific focus on illicit opioid misuse and abuse.  Jefferson ASAP (Action for Substance Abuse Prevention), a coalition identified by Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, will be the conduit for prescriber education and community awareness activities.

The La SPF Rx project is utilizing the existing SPF-based infrastructure as a basis to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse in the 12 – 17 year old and 18+ age groups. The target area is Jefferson Parish. Note: Jefferson Parish was identified as the pilot parish by reviewing data from the following sources: Opioid Death Records; Louisiana Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data (LaHIDD) – Opioid Hospitalizations; Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS) – Total Emergency Room Visits, Total Prescription Drug Related Emergency Room Visits, and Percentage of Emergency Room Visits Related to Prescription Drug Use; and the 2014 Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey – Percentage of Students who used Prescription Drugs and Heroin.

Status: (Updated May 2017)

The grant is currently in Year 1 which is the Planning Phase. A sub-committee of the established coalition has been formed and is continuing to grow to include stakeholders from the community. The Education Plan and Strategic Plan will be completed in late Fall 2017.

Contact:  Leslie Freeman, Ph.D. Leslie.BroughamFreeman@LA.GOV 

State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $8,167,971/year for 1 year (up to 2 years if approved)
  • Project Period: 05/01/2017 – 04/30/2019
  • Targeted Areas: Statewide

Overview:

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) applied for the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR) to enhance existing statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services offered for individuals experiencing or at risk for opioid use disorder (OUD). Through this grant, OBH will:

  • Utilize the existing Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)-based infrastructure as a basis to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse through a media campaign, provider training, and an intervention strategy of Naloxone education and distribution to target populations.
  • Build the capacity of the local Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) and other behavioral health provider networks to provide access to evidence-based treatments, particularly Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and education and training on non-opioid alternatives.
  • Work with the Department of Corrections to provide treatment services for offenders participating in re-entry-programs at two designated facilities
  • Increase recovery support services for OUD clients by building capacity for the 10 LGEs to have staff to serve as Behavioral Health Recovery Support Specialists to provide local visibility and coordination with local resources for referral and access to services for the OUD population.

Status: (Updated May 2017)

OBH received the award notification on April 22, 2017 and has been working diligently to ensure contracts with providers are in place so that services may begin July 1, 2017.

Contact:  Janice Petersen, Ph.D. janice.petersen@la.gov 

 

POTENTIAL AWARDS

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (Category 4: Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects)

  • Funder: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  • Award: $850,000 total for 2 years – GRANT SUBMITTED APRIL 21, 2017 (Announcements expected by September 30, 2017)
  • Targeted Areas: Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, and East Baton Rouge Parishes

Overview:

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) proposes to implement the Louisiana Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (LaCOAP) in the parishes of St. Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, and East Baton Rouge. The overarching goal of LaCOAP is to reduce the number of opioid related overdoses and overdose deaths for justice-involved individuals in the state of Louisiana. The deliverables are to:

  • Develop a multi-agency, cross-sector planning team;
  • Develop a coordinated plan with strategies to:
    • Engage and retain justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorders in treatment and recovery services; and
    • Increase the use of diversion and/or alternatives to incarceration (i.e., day reporting centers)
  • Support implementation of the coordinated plan’s strategies at the local level.

Contact: Marisa Marino, Grants Management Coordinator marisa.marino@la.gov

Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $2,000,000/year for 5 years – GRANT SUBMITTED MAY 17, 2017 (Announcements expected by September 30, 2017)
  • Targeted Areas: Ouachita/Morehouse, Terrebonne, Orleans, and East Baton Rouge Parishes

Overview:

The purpose of the Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) Grant is to promote the integration of primary and behavioral health care services to improve the overall wellness and physical health status of adults with mental illness who have co-occurring physical health conditions or chronic diseases and individuals with a substance use disorder. The overall goal of the program is to provide a coordinate, comprehensive approach improve the overall wellness and status of adults with co-occurring mental illness and physical health conditions or chronic diseases, and individuals with a substance use disorder through improved health care delivery. The deliverables are to:

  • Develop an integration team consisting of qualified community health programs, community health centers, family, youth, peers, and other consumer organizations to obtain guidance and feedback for quality improvement, sustainability, and scalability of increased access to health care services;
  • Enhance integrated primary and behavioral health care services provided by four qualified community health programs (behavioral health centers) or community health centers (FQHCs);
  • Provide integrated primary and behavioral health care services to adults with co-occurring mental illness and physical health conditions or individuals with a substance use disorder;
  • Implement evidence-based practices/activities in four qualified community health programs or community health centers; and
  • Develop policy changes as a result of coordinated, integrated care;

Contact: Marisa Marino, Grants Management Coordinator marisa.marino@la.gov

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

OPIOIDS: The Problem and Challenge in Louisiana