Challenge:

In 2017, the State of Maine reported 418 drug-induced deaths, which is an increase of more than 150% over the past ten years. Without implementing effective strategies, such as extensive public and provider education and prevention, to address the epidemic of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), the rate of opioid-related drug overdose deaths will only continue to rise in Maine. In response to this public health crisis, Qualidigm brings a solid set of expertise, experience, and technical assistance in support of OUD prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery initiatives to address this epidemic and ultimately decrease opioid overdose deaths.

Solution:

The COOR ECHO project brings together leaders of key sectors within 12 local communities across Maine to work together to reduce opioid overdose deaths. The program leverages the resources and expertise of the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN) and the ECHO model to provide case-based, video-supported collaborative learning opportunities to work within and across communities to reduce opioid overdose deaths. It expands Project ECHO model from the traditional clinical model to a community-based, systems-oriented model, and builds on successful models from other regions to decrease opioid overdose deaths using a community-oriented approach that transcends across different sectors, such as law enforcement, community coalition/public health/harm reduction, mental health, recovery centers, and substance use disorder treatment community.

Benefit:

Qualidigm has run 14 ECHO sessions for this in-progress ECHO program since August 2018 (including orientations and Mock ECHOs) and by collaborating with over 100 community leaders and faculty will reach 500,000 Maine people in 12 communities (2016 census). The goal of this initiative is to reduce drug overdose deaths working with communities to incorporate best practices in four key focus areas:

  • Effectively collect and monitor data on OD deaths
  • Increase and provide rapid access to low-barrier OUD treatment
  • Promote widespread availability to naloxone
  • Promote ready access to recovery supports

This project is an example of some of our ECHO sessions. For more information on our ECHO projects and how you can get involved please contact info@qualidigm.org.