How We're Helping States Respond to the Opioid Crisis

Millions of US residents with an opioid use disorder lack access to care. We can help change that through stronger community coordination that targets services where they are needed most. Learn more about our work to address the crisis.

How We're Helping States Respond to the Opioid Crisis Solutions

Coordinating Comprehensive State Responses

With the ever-changing opioid epidemic, states need effective ways to coordinate their responses. Altarum’s learning management system (LMS) provides robust, easy-to-use tools to plan and manage opioid-related initiatives.

Known as the Comprehensive Opioid Response Effort (CORE), our system applies expertise and decades of experience in virtual learning and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery to guide all content. Users can participate in online self-directed learning as well as programs with individualized coaching. All content lives within the LMS, accessible from a single portal, ensuring your team a holistic and seamless experience.

CORE is based on a four-dimensional framework that includes components designed to work in concert with one another: (1) Build Capacity; (2) Train; (3) Improve and Assure Quality; and (4) Measure, Analyze, Monitor, and Report. States can further customize the CORE framework across three solution tiers: (1) Off-the-Shelf; (2) Tailored; and (3) Custom.

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How We're Helping States Respond to the Opioid Crisis Publications

Opioid Research and Best Practices

States and communities affected by high rates of opioid misuse know that they need to respond, but it can be difficult to know where to start. By conducting environmental scans and cost burden analyses, we help those most affected begin to understand the scope of the problem, where it is most concentrated, and the type of interventions that will be most effective. Our qualitative approaches such as stakeholder interviews and focus groups help lay the foundation for collaboration and capacity building. And our systematic reviews of evidence-based practices help provide a roadmap for opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Our work calculating the cost of the opioid crisis has earned national attention. Read more of our opioid research and best practice guidelines below.

This Resource Can Help Your Institution Combat Stigma and Improve Recovery Services for Opioid Use Disorders

This brief that can help academic, health care, and other institutions improve recovery services in the time of Covid-19.

August 17, 2020

Medication-Assisted Treatment and Recovery Best Practice Guide

This report presents findings on medication-assisted treatment best practices, and the conditions needed to help providers successfully deliver MAT services.

August 30, 2019

Collateral Damage of the Opioid Crisis

This survey reveals the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren displaced by the opioid crisis, and offers recommendations for supporting them.

December 12, 2018

How We're Helping States Respond to the Opioid Crisis Publications

Opioid Training and Technical Assistance

We have decades of experience providing training and technical assistance in substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Opioid Prescribing

Altarum specializes in clinical QI training proven to positively impact patient outcomes while providing accredited education across a wide spectrum of health care providers. Our opioid prescribing program helps improve clinicians’ ability to appropriately identify, prevent, and monitor opioid dependency or misuse among patients, and use enabling technology, such as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. We also support training in naloxone administration for law enforcement officers and community organizations.

Learn more about our current opioid prescribing solutions below or contact us to see how we can create a custom education program to meet your needs.

Peer Recovery Supports

Strong social supports, including peers who have personally experienced addiction and recovery, can improve outcomes for those struggling with opioid use disorders. We work closely with organizations at the state and local level to integrate and deliver peer recovery support services across and throughout the criminal justice system, from developing peer training and supervision materials to devising strategies for partnerships to ensure comprehensive recovery supports are available in communities across the state.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Enlists Altarum to Help Criminal Justice Organizations Implement Peer Recovery Support Services to Address Opioid Crisis

Altarum is expanding the reach of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Peer Recovery Support Services Training and Technical Assistance Center, a critical resource to criminal justice and social services organizations across the nation. 

December 10, 2019

Postpartum Opioid Misuse

The 12 months after childbirth are an especially vulnerable period for new moms at risk of opioid dependency. By combining our expertise in recovery services, maternal health, and community health service delivery, we’re helping to overcome the stigma that so often prevents patients from seeking care for substance use disorders—and providers from delivering it. Our holistic approach incorporates a woman’s sexual and reproductive health needs while strengthening clinical capacity through provider training in screening and referrals to improve postpartum care for women.

Rural Mothers with Substance Use Disorders Often Struggle to Access Care. Wider Adoption of Tailored Telehealth Can Help 

How can we ensure rural women navigating motherhood in these difficult times are getting the care they need? The answer may lie with tailored patient-centered telehealth services.

August 14, 2020

How We're Strengthening Provider Capacity to Serve Postpartum Women at Risk of Opioid Misuse

Altarum is helping WIC and community health centers increase screening of new mothers for substance misuse and refer them to recovery support services so they can get the help they need. 

January 21, 2020

How We're Helping States Respond to the Opioid Crisis Contact

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Emily Ehrlich

Emily Ehrlich  - MPH, PMP

Director, Behavioral Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Integration of Health Care Services
  • Substance Use Disorder Prevention
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Emily has more than 25 years of experience in health care policy and research, including co-authoring 15 peer-reviewed publications and directing a CMS-funded program to train 4,000 primary care and behavioral health providers in depression screening and safe opioid prescribing. Emily leads Altarum’s behavioral health work, which includes implementing peer recovery programs, creating a patient outcomes registry to improve mood disorder treatment, and delivering training and technical assistance to help communities address the opioid crisis. Emily has a master’s degree in health behavior and health education and is a certified Project Management Professional.