Information Resources for Teleservices and Technology

CMS Letter to State Medicaid Directors: Leveraging Medicaid Technology to Address the Opioid Crisis

Offers states information and advice regarding strategies to combat the opioid crisis using technology, as well as potential funding opportunities for these efforts. Discusses implementing prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to track and facilitate the safe prescription of opioid medications and increasing data-driven approaches, interoperability, and telehealth services to improve care coordination among healthcare professionals.

Sponsor: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families

Details the mental health services Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals and clinics offer for veterans and their families and describes the VHA guiding principles for mental healthcare. Discusses the resources available for veterans and family members, and instructions on locating mental healthcare facilities and providers, including suicide prevention services and telemedicine visits. Covers treatment options for common mental health concerns, such as depression, substance abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder. Offers information on specific programs available to veterans with special needs, including women, those experiencing homelessness, veterans involved with the criminal justice system, and seniors.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
HUD EnVision Centers

Establishes demonstration projects across the country within or near communities with a high concentration of public and low-income housing. EnVision Centers serve as a centralized hubs providing resources and tools to help individuals and families in HUD-assisted housing become more self-sufficient. Develops partnerships among a variety of public and private agencies and organizations at the federal, state, and local level to support residents in the four key areas of economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, character and leadership.

Sponsor: HUD Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R)
Indian Health Service (IHS) Opioid Use Disorder and Pain

Offers comprehensive information and resources on the use of prescription opioids, managing chronic pain, and opioid use disorder (OUD) for patients and providers, specifically for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and Indian Health Service (IHS) providers. Includes online tools, technical assistance resources, guides, and training for patients and providers on topics such as opioid crisis data, opioid prevention, COVID-19 response and opioids, proper pain management, opioid prescribing/stewardship, maternal health, syringe services programs, child health and wellness, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), tele-MAT, trauma informed care, best practices, wellness courts, and training opportunities. Resource is an initiative of the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).

Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Indian Health Service (IHS) Opioids and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Addressing the Opioid Crisis during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Outlines the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the opioid crisis in Native American and Alaskan Native families and communities across the U.S. Provides information, federal resources, programs, and services to address opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) for Native American and Alaskan Native populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Focuses on key issues and challenges, including treatment options for OUD; telehealth and remote services; prescribing requirements for buprenorphine; provider training and support; and the prevention of coronavirus transmission in high-risk environments.

Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Office of National Drug Control Policy COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Summarizes policy changes made by federal National Drug Control Program agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Outlines program and policy changes designed to ensure individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) can continue to safely access important treatment and recovery support services during the pandemic. Addresses several priority areas, including guidance for prevention, treatment, and recovery services; use of telemedicine and electronic prescribing, flexibility for methadone and buprenorphine treatment, access to prescribed controlled substances, support for rural and tribal communities; and relief opportunities for individuals, providers, and small businesses. Provides links to programs and agencies for additional details related to specific policy changes.

Sponsor: Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness

Provides up-to-date resources, tools, and training to help rural healthcare systems prepare for and respond to a COVID-19 surge. Addresses unique issues and challenges in emergency medical services (EMS), inpatient and hospital, ambulatory, and long-term healthcare settings, covering a wide range of related topics, including healthcare operations, telehealth, behavioral health, and more. Product of the Rural Health Information Hub funded by a cooperative agreement through HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
USDA Rural Utilities Service

Provides information on programs and funding to build or improve infrastructure in rural communities. Focuses on investments that encourage economic development and improve the the quality of life for rural residents. Examples of infrastructure include water and waste treatment, electric power, and telecommunications services.

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
VA Rural Health Enterprise-Wide Initiatives

Describes the enterprise-wide initiatives (EWIs) currently supported by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health. EWIs expand upon the work of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) national programs to provide healthcare services in VA hospitals and health systems to veterans residing in rural areas across the nation. EWIs address primary care, specialty care, mental health, care coordination, workforce training and education, transportation, and more.

Sponsor: VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH)