Idaho’s Response to the Opioid Crisis (IROC) project is a funding opportunity provided by the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant awarded to the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It allows DHW to dedicate funding to serving those who struggle with an opioid use disorder (OUD).
DBH is currently using a multifaceted approach that seeks to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), reduce access to opioids through prevention efforts, enhance the recovery-oriented system of care, and reduce deaths. This approach will:
- Provide opioid-specific treatment and recovery support services to individuals with an OUD. Treatment services will include access to all federally approved MAT medications.
- Increase accessibility to treatment and recovery support services through community-based programs including Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs that provide the opportunity for offenders to access treatment instead of jail, emergency department warm handoff programs that provide immediate access to recovery coach services, and referrals to community treatment providers.
- Provide evidence-based prevention programs to Idaho youth through the Idaho Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs.
- Support Idaho’s treatment providers by the distribution of free SUD educational and treatment materials through the Boise State University RADAR Center and by funding Project ECHO Idaho sessions, a virtual educational resource that empowers healthcare professionals in the treatment of OUD.
- Increase community awareness of local and statewide resources by distributing OUD resource cards and informational booklets to community stakeholders and Idahoans.
- Provide community-based services that connect individuals with OUD to peer supports and sober living activities.
- Increase the use of naloxone to reverse opiate overdoses through training and provision of naloxone to first responders and other community members who may encounter individuals at risk of opiate overdose.
Agencies interested in providing IROC services must be part of BPA Health’s participating provider network and agree to the terms of the Opioid Treatment addendum.
IROC strictly follows both HIPAA and 42 CFR 42 regulations. Providers must meet these criteria.