New Mexico’s Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Initiative Also Known As NM Opioid Hub Program

The purpose of the NM Opioid STR Initiative is to address the tremendous opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery services for Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) in New Mexico.

The Opioid STR Initiative will be overseen by New Mexico’s Human Services Department’s Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD); BHSD is the Single State Drug and Alcohol Authority (SSA). BHSD has elected the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Consortium for Behavioral Health Training and Research (CBHTR) and their staff, Dr. Julie Griffith-Salvador as the Project Director. The UNM staff and faculty will collaborate closely with BHSD and all of the community providers to ensure the requirements of the Opioid STR grant are met and that the Opioid STR Initiative is implemented accordingly.

The Opioid STR Initiative looks to enhance and expand access to prevention, treatment and recovery services for OUDs. This is critical for all NM communities because it will improve outcomes for persons with OUD and support a strong and sustainable OUD prevention and treatment system. Access to comprehensive OUD services will be expanded by achieving the following goals:

  1. Develop a comprehensive response to the Opioid epidemic
  2. Implement a coordinated and sustainable approach to OUD service expansion
  3. Expand the array of OUD prevention services
  4. Expand the array of OUD treatment services
  5. Expand the array of OUD recovery services and supports
  6. Utilize an ongoing Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework to ensure data informed decisions

Our goal is to impact 9,850 individuals annually, for a total of 19,700 individuals over the two-year grant period.


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