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Focus On Recovery – Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force

Our Vision

The Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force established the following vision for the community:

A safe and healthy community free from the ravages of opioid and other drug addiction and misuse

We’re focused on our anchor strategies

Since February of 2017, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) has been coordinating efforts of the Spokane Regional Opioid Taskforce (SROTF). In October 2018, the SROTF held a summit to expand membership of the taskforce and begin developing a plan for action. More than 60 partners attended the summit.

The purpose of the SROTF is to reduce and prevent opioid dependency, deaths, and physical and community health-related consequences through the development of a community-wide, progressive response that engages multiple public and private entities and utilizes evidence-based best practices and evaluation.  

The SROFT includes five Anchor Strategies Teams — Provider Education, Community Education, Non-Opioid Pain Management, Continuum of Care For, and Response – and a Steering Committee to coordinate efforts among the 5 teams and hold the SROTF accountable to implementing the plan for action. The following plan outlines the focus each anchor strategy team has identify as necessary for collective impact.

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Community Education

Reduce the number of Spokane County Residents who begin misusing Opioids.
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Strategy 1: Design and implement a Spokane-county prevention strategy  

Strategy 2: Reduce harm through education campaign 

Strategy 3: Reduce access for unused medication  

Strategy 4: Educate families about how to effectively support those with SUD in their care

Activities:

  • Hosted a community-wide event, titled A Community Connected, held May 7, 2019. Over 200 people attended.
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Promoting the use of Narcan and lockboxes during events and on the website
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Provider Education

Improve Spokane County providers’ use of screening and referrals for mental illness, addiction treatment, and diverse pain management options.

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Strategy 1: Educate providers on screening and appropriate treatment for mental illness, addiction, and pain, and appropriate use of medication. 

Strategy 2: Develop opportunities for inter-professional linkages among types of providers 

Activities:

  • Conducted a Provider Conference on July 22, 2019 to identify strategies and build partnerships to address pain management to treat opioid use disorder and drive long-term recovery efforts.
  • Provide easy access to information about resources and best practices via a website with a unique Provider Portal.
  • Develop protocols for initiating BUP in the ED and facilitating transition into treatment programs.
  • Academic Detailing—education outreach to opioid prescribers, emergency department physicians, and primary care providers to (a) support adherence to the opioid prescribing guidelines, (b) identify opportunities to link new patients to treatment, (c) increase the number of providers initiating MAT, (d) encourage the use of non-pharmacological pain management options where appropriate.
  • Promote MAT waiver trainings for providers.
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Non-Opioid Pain Management

Improve Spokane County providers’ use of screening and referrals for mental illness, addiction treatment, and diverse pain management options.

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Strategy 1: Include non-opioid pain management modalities as a standard of practice among medical providers and consumers.  

Strategy 2: Develop an integrative practitioner network available to assist with acute and chronic pain management.  

Activities 

  • Educating providers on the benefits of non-opioid pain management
  • Developing a pilot project to link low-income adults using provider-prescribed opioids to address chronic pain to non-opioid pain management alternatives.
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Continuum of Care

Reducing Barriers to Care, Improving Linkages to Care

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Strategy 1: Improve understanding of Spokane’s system of care capacity 

Strategy 2: Expand navigation resources and protocols to support patients through the system of recovery. 

Activities:

  • Conduct an assessment of the current number, types and levels of care.
  • Identify possible real-time solutions for identifying bed/treatment facility availability for easier linkages to care.
  • Share information about care navigation on a Spokane specific website.
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Response

Improve community response to addiction

 

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Strategy 1: Create community-based policies and systems that respond to addiction and its collateral consequences.   

Activities: 

  • Data and information sharing agreements in order to create an integrated system for patient referral and coordination.  
  • Identify agency protocols needed to facilitate (a) improve response to overdoses; (b) increase transition to treatment; and (c) increases the likelihood that a response will lead to entering into and succeeding in treatment. 
  • Collaborate with corrections to support Jail to care transitions.

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