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 NM Opioid STR Initiative is overseen by the New Mexico’s Human Services Department’s Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD); BHSD is the Single State Drug and Alcohol Authority (SSA). BHSD 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 collaborates closely with BHSD and all of the community providers to ensure the requirements of the Opioid STR grant are met and that the NM Opioid STR Initiative is implemented accordingly.
The NM Opioid STR Initiative enhances and expands access to prevention, treatment and recovery services for OUDs. This is critical for all NM communities because it improves outcomes for persons with OUD and support a strong and sustainable OUD prevention and treatment system. Access to comprehensive OUD services are expanding by achieving the following goals:
- Develop a comprehensive response to the Opioid epidemic
- Implement a coordinated and sustainable approach to OUD service expansion
- Expand the array of OUD prevention services
- Expand the array of OUD treatment services
- Expand the array of OUD recovery services and supports
- Utilize an ongoing Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework to ensure data informed decisions
The goal of the NM Opioid STR Initiative is to impact 9,850 individuals annually, for a total of 19,700 individuals over the two-year grant period.