State health departments must dedicate staff and time to ensure a consistent approach to HIV and opioid use disorder (OUD) service delivery. For some states, this means creating new staff roles.
Resources and Tools
Data partnerships help coordinate HIV and opioid use disorder (OUD) services across state programs. These relationships can help state agencies identify service overlap and gaps, identify common goals, and initiate collaboration.
This resource describes how state health departments and other public health organizations can partner with people with HIV and/or who use(d) drugs in programmatic and policy making processes and evaluation.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Language is foundational to how we understand and interact with ourselves and others. Unclear language can lead to confusion and inefficiencies, while stigmatizing and prejudicial language leads to harmful practices and dehumanizes people.
This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced three funding opportunities to strengthen mental health and substance use systems and services for people with or affected by HIV:
Building on last month’s episode about providing HIV and substance use care for people who are incarcerated, this month the Boston Medical Center Team talks with Dr.
Navigating the HIV and substance use systems of care presents a number of unique challenges, many of which can become more complex depending on a person’s housing, employment, mental health, or economic situation.
This guide offers considerations for how state agency staff can develop and maintain an accessible, HIV and opioid use disorder (OUD) service inventory. This guide can be used by state agency HIV and OUD staff to: