Opioid Crisis Response

Addressing the Opioid Public Health Emergency

In 2016 and 2017, more than 130 people died every day from an opioid-related drug overdose in the United States. In 2015, the estimated economic burden of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose was $504 billion.

The opioid public health emergency is nationwide and impacts health, justice and child welfare systems. In recent years, the federal government has awarded funds across the country to help states combat the growing epidemic. States, counties and local units of government are partnering with prevention and treatment providers and other stakeholders to address the overwhelming needs of their communities. HMA helps clients develop and implement solutions and can align this work with funding goals and expectations, tight timelines and the desire for a sustainable infrastructure.

The HMA opioid team has unique expertise and more than 30 years of experience tackling every part of the substance use disorder system. They have led the development of comprehensive prevention, evidence-based treatment, and recovery solutions at the state, county and community level. Our team is ready to help clients create actionable and sustainable programs to address the opioid epidemic and addiction treatment.

What we do

  • Ecosystem Development and Community Organization
    • Building the entire continuum of care in communities, counties and states
    • Planning for, prioritizing, and responding to needs in the community with existing resources and action plans
    • Creating coalitions for coordinated state approaches, facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration that drives collective action
  • Training and Certification Programs
    • Technical assistance and training for state and local agencies, partners and community members on comprehensive prevention approaches across the continuum
    • Public education, naloxone dissemination and use, policy approaches
    • Leveraging community health workers (CHWs) to screen and link community members with needed services
  • Health System and Provider Response
    • Facilitating the design and implementation of comprehensive addiction evaluation and treatment strategies for hospitals and health systems of all sizes
    • Integrating SUD treatment into primary care
    • Performing treatment capacity needs assessments
    • Training providers on safe prescribing, alternative pain management, outpatient withdrawal management, medication-assisted treatment, all forms of evidence-based addiction treatment and behavioral health interventions
  • Health Plans and ACO Support
    • Understanding impact and developing solutions to support H.R. -6 and developing a multi-stakeholder cross-cutting community, telehealth solutions and procurement support
    • Improving network capacity to provide meaningful access
    • Developing formularies and implementing guidelines and protocols
    • Providing strategies for alternate payment models
  • Strategic planning, program design and implementation
  • Research and evaluation to address emerging trends

What we do: Examples

  • HMA has developed large scale educational platforms covering addiction pain and behavioral health. HMA currently has a team dedicated to expanding addiction treatment in the California prison system and in collaboration with Stanford University, improving the care for pregnant and parenting women across the state of California.
  • HMA created a video, with funding from the California Health Care Foundation, to capture the thoughts and feelings of various stakeholders in the criminal justice system about treating Opioid Use Disorder with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  It includes comment from two clients who received MAT through the criminal justice system.  The parties interviewed are all involved in a project HMA is administering to coach teams from 29 counties to expand access to at least two forms of MAT in jails and drug courts.

Who we help

For over 30 years we have informed and supported the response of:

  • States and counties
  • Behavioral health, addiction and public health agencies
  • Hospital systems
  • Primary care providers
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Health plans
  • Accountable care organizations
  • Departments of Corrections
  • Jails and prisons
  • Community stakeholders

Who we help: Examples 

No matter the scope or size of the project, HMA has experience working with states and community organizations to develop impactful, sustainable responses to opioid crisis issues.



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