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HEALing Communities Study

Goal

To test the immediate impact of an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and opioid use disorder within highly affected communities.

A great tragedy of the opioid crisis is that so many effective tools already exist but are not being deployed effectively in communities that need them. Only a fraction of people with opioid use disorder (OUD) receive any treatment, and of those, less than half receive the medications that are universally acknowledged to be the standard of care. NIDA is working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to launch a multisite implementation research study to test the immediate impact of an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and OUD within highly affected communities in up to three states. The HEALing Communities Study will look at the effectiveness of coordinated continuums of care designed to: reduce overdose fatalities and events; decrease the incidence of OUD; increase the number of individuals receiving medication to treat OUD, retained in treatment, and receiving recovery support services; and increase the distribution of naloxone.

For research or funding questions: Dr. Redonna Chandler

Funding Announcements

  • RFA-DA-19-017: HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Data Coordinating Center) (UM1- Clinical Trials Not Allowed) - CLOSED
  • RFA-DA-19-016: HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Research Sites) (UM1 - Clinical Trial Required) - CLOSED
  • NOT-DA-18-045: Notice of Correction to Eligibility Information for RFA-DA-19-017 "HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Data Coordinating Center) (UM1- Clinical Trials Not Allowed)"

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