The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has awarded Staten Island PPS a grant to implement the first-ever Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Learning Collaborative. Its goal is to support Staten Island professionals in providing evidence based, high quality, treatment for opioid use disorder in a variety of clinical settings. The Collaborative combines continuing education, consultation, and clinical support from content experts.

On February 25th, SI PPS, Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, Northwell Health-Staten Island University Hospital, NYS OASAS, and NYS OMH launched the Learning Collaborative. The science of opioid addiction was presented, barriers to accessing MAT were explored, and a case highlighting real issues on Staten Island was presented for group discussion and learning. This is the first in a series to build the collective expertise of our strong network of partners in addressing this epidemic.

The Learning Collaborative is convened monthly and will continue through June 2019. Each session is facilitated by content experts Dr. Harshal Kirane, Director of Addiction Services Northwell Health – Staten Island University Hospital and Amanda Wexler, LSCW, CASAC-T, has practice case discussions, practice recommendations, and quality improvement measures review. If you are interested in taking part in the Learning Collaborative, please RSVP here.

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