Substance Use Disorder

Under the leadership of its board of trustees, The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association has created a Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force to develop provider focused strategies to help address the high incidence of opioid misuse that affects our communities.

Click here for detailed information on MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SUDPTTF). It is located on the association’s quality and patient safety website, PatientCareLink.
Last Tuesday, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian announced a new pilot project to link data from local police, jail, hospital and others to help identify “frequent utilizers.”
Debate begins today on the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee’s state budget proposal for FY 2019.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $200,000 for up to five years.
The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee has issued a white paper summarizing comments the committee received on the opioid crisis within the Medicare program.
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.
The Massachusetts Health Council is holding a spring conference entitled Our Kids and Drugs of Misuse : Nicotine; Marijuana; Opioids on Tuesday, May 22.
DPH has released the latest figures on opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts throughout all of 2017.
A statewide initiative to address ED boarding of patients needing inpatient psychiatric care has gone into effect.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
MHA Board Chair Kate Walsh and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins co-authored an op-ed about the need to address addiction.
Governor Charlie Baker and EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders on the governor’s major bill to stem the opioid epidemic.
Sen. Markey is working to expand access to medication-assisted therapies for opioid addiction.
Governor Charlie Baker was at Beverly Hospital last Thursday as part of his tour to drum up support for his second major opioid bill.
President Trump has signed into law the “International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act”.
There may be a big roadblock to creating supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts – the federal government.
HB565 Relative to Opioid Prescribing Practices and Access to Pain Management
HB2180 Relative to Patient Choice to Promote Prescription Safety
DPH notified providers last week that it has noticed an increase in HIV infections in people who inject drugs.
HB1162, HB1219, SB1265 Emergency Medical Services; Vital Records; Disposition of Remains