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A group shot from the ORN Summit in Kansas City (May 15-17). During this summit Technology Transfer Specialists and Partners worked collaboratively on how to streamline and optimize our efforts. Summaries from select presentations are included in this issue of the ORN Impact Bulletin.
  • Photos and copies of presentations from the ORN Summit are now available here.

  • ORN now has a Spanish brochure! Email and for copies.

  • If partners want to add resources to the repository, please email

  • Our Alabama Community Training to discuss building capacity in the Black Belt Region to address the opioid epidemic is scheduled for July 10-11. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Do you have a story or news to share and want included in the ORN Impact Bulletin? Email and
The 2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit was held in Albuquerque from May 13-15. ORN was represented by Holly Echo-Hawk, MS; Kamilla Venner, PhD; and AAAP Project Manager, Caroline Gray, MSW.

Featured Right: Caroline Gray and U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams. The ORN team was able to connect with tribal health organizations across the country about our grant and where we can offer support. More about this in the next ORN Impact Bulletin.
ORN Using Novel Approach to Help South Dakota Address Local Needs
The South Dakota Department of Social Services reached out to the Opioid Response Network (ORN) for help establishing evidence-based best practices for addressing opioid use disorder. Tiffany Wolfgang, the state’s Behavioral Health Services Division Director, sought guidance on monitoring the use of medications and related services. She said ORN’s support has “proven to be very valuable and well received. We appreciate [the consultant’s] ability to provide the perspective of a well experienced medication assisted treatment provider and support the newer programs in South Dakota.” Read the full story...

  • The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is providing technical assistance to law enforcement leaders to help them design and implement programs that establish and/or enhance non arrest referrals to treatment. They recently supported a TA request from the Rhode Island State Police to create an awareness video. See this presentation for more on PAARI.

  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has been using multiple channels to recruit family physicians from all 50 states to TA teams. They have received 132 applicants across 42 states so far. More on that and their year two plans here.

  • The National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development (NAHEWD) wants everyone to know about an upcoming (June 20th) national webinar that will focus on strategies to increase access to hepatitis C virus treatment for people with substance use disorders. This is not an ORN initiative but is open to all health professionals to attend. More information and to register.
  • Through the Diamond Threshold: Promoting Cultural Competency in Understanding American Indian Substance Misuse. This publication was prepared by the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center in partnership with the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board. Resource ID: 5199

Did you know our repository has Spanish materials? See a selection below:
  • Apoyo Poyo De Pares Para Padres O Encargados De Ninos Y Jovenes Con Problemas De Comortamiento. This brief is about the role that family members play in supporting individuals with behavioral health concerns. Resource ID: 4168

  • El Modelo de Comunidades Terapéuticas y la Recuperación. This presentation provides an overview of SUD and discusses therapeutic communities at length. It also provides an overview of other topics such as cultural competence, equity in health, and the Amity Program. Resource ID: 5205

Coming Up:

  • Stay tuned for an Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Best Practice Checklist. This document includes recommendations for minimal requirements for OBOT along with “enhanced practice opportunities."

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with other organizations have issued a report called Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives. These organizations say efforts to date to address the opioid crisis have made no real headway in large part because tools that exist—like evidence-based medications—are not being deployed to maximum impact.

  • Scientists at the National Institutes of Health are calling attention to the impact of opioids on women and children. They say that understanding the full effects of the nation’s opioid epidemic requires coordinated, long-term research involving women of reproductive age and children. Read on.

  • HHS has announced that they are creating a new committee to identify areas for improved coordination related to substance use disorder research, services, supports and prevention activities across all relevant federal agencies. Applications are due June 14, 2019. Read more. 401-270-5900
The Opioid Response Network (ORN) was created as a result of the SAMHSA-funded STR-TA grant. ORN provides free technical assistance to organizations, healthcare centers, single state agencies, and individuals in the prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorder.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials of publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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