Experts in the Carolinas emphasize the importance of care coordination, warm handoffs, and connections to care for individuals with opioid use disorder. According to the CDC
, "People with SUDs [Substance Use Disorders] often have concurrent medical or behavioral health conditions involving complex medical histories that can require the expertise of clinicians from across various specialties. Care coordination is particularly important for patients to ensure that all their medical needs are met while they are being treated for one or more SUDs."
Individuals with opioid use disorder need connections to ongoing SUD treatments that support their recovery. Practices that can contribute to success include engaging peer support specialists; working with family and friends; prescribing naloxone; health system/community collaboration; and leveraging telehealth. Although care coordination models vary widely, common elements include an individualized plan of care with a lead provider, discharge planning from a hospital visit, continual data-sharing, and education for both providers and patients.
CDC Care Coordination in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Care Coordination Strategies for Patients Can Improve Substance Use Disorder Outcomes
Buprenorphine Treatment Locator
ED Peer Support Implementation Guide
Implementation of a Telemedicine Program for MOUD
Innovations in Telehealth in Mental Health and Substance Use During COVID-19
SAMHSA Treatment Locator
SC DAODAS Treatment Locator
The Project Lazarus Model