More than 75 behavioral health professionals gathered in Tampa on April 24 to discuss strategies on how to maximize the use of Evidence-Based Practices for opioid use disorders. Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health, John Bryant discussed plans and resources for the new State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant.
The Summit was hosted by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and DCF’s SAMH Office in conjunction with the Florida Association of Managing Entities. The speakers and the group discussions all focused on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), patient engagement, and patient retention. A recent FADAA press release discussed the effectiveness of opioid treatment programs, specifically naltrexone MAT programs in 58 Florida counties stretching from Pensacola to Key West. Read Press Release
President Trump Addresses National Conference on Drug Abuse and Heroin
While Floridians were meeting in Tampa for a MAT opioid Summit, President Trump was speaking in Atlanta at the 8th Annual Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. The President addressed the federal response to the opioid crisis and the progress being made. His full address is available here:
TimeCode 7:05 President Trump on the You Tube Video above, “We have given opioid response grants to states totaling $2-Billion dollars. We are now allowing states to use Medicaid funds to pay for residential treatment facilities and they are being built all over the country”