The opioid overdose death rate among persons diagnosed with HIV has increased dramatically in recent years. In response, HRSA established the initiative Strengthening Systems of Care for People with HIV and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) to develop tools for improved coordination among HIV and behavioral health/substance use service providers.
Description of two states' approaches to building and supporting an HIV and opioid use disorder (OUD) workforce and considerations for investing in a collaborative workforce.
Collection on substance use screening tools for use in providing a valid and reliable snapshot of a client 's substance use, which may point toward a need for further assessment and specialized support.
Discussion guide to elicit a conversation about language, stigma, and discrimination as a means of strengthening care systems.
Considerations for how state agency staff can develop and maintain an accessible, HIV and opioid use disorder (OUD) service inventory.
Tool for addressing stigma in relation to systems-level policies and practices that can improve individual level interventions.
Tool to support state health departments in identifying opportunities for enhanced coordination between HIV and OUD funding and service provision.
Description of the role of peers in care for people with HIV and OUD and how a state’s Medicaid program can fund peer services.
Resources were developed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), which was funded by HRSA to work with nine states participating in the initiative: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. JSI partnered with NASTAD to implement this initiative, with subject matter expertise from Boston Medical Center.