Programs and Projects
Who We Are
The Center of Excellence for Addiction Medicine (COE) is a central station that connects information to providers, those seeking help, and those that are interested in learning about treatment for Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).
Our overall goal is to increase the quantity of addiction education and training throughout the state of West Virginia, and to provide quality access to its residents.
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IMPACT is a systematic process in the emergency department where patients are met with support from Peer Recovery Support Specialists. Impact's purpose is to improve access and retention for those with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). This researched based practice has shown that peer intervention, in addition to administration of Buprenorphine in the Emergency Department (ED) for the treatment of OUD increases positive referral and engagement outcomes in addiction treatment.
The COAT program includes, physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical therapists, case managers and medical assistants to provide a professionally supervised recovery program that includes medication, therapy and support has been proven to effective in treating addiction. These highly qualified staff members work closely together, so participants can get the most out of their treatment. We believe strongly that healing from the disease of addiction takes time and help so we are committed to assisting you in your journey toward sobriety and recovery.
The WVCTSI Project ECHO Program in partnership with the WVU Center of Excellence for Addiction Medicine will be launching a 6-week cohort style ECHO program around quality improvement (QI) for substance use disorder (SUD). The project will introduce participants to QI, walk them through the process, and get feedback on their current or future QI projects. This project is funded by the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant through WV DHHR and SAMHSA.
To meet the highest standard of our efforts for Quality Improvement throughout West Virginia, COE follows the guidance of the NIATX approach to meet the needs of our clinics and MOUD population.
The COE offers Contingency Management support to all West Virginia State (WV) Opioid Support grantees; including any of our Hubs and Spokes. Contingency Management's Focus is to positively reinforce the progress of our participants in our MOUD group clinic.
Tobacco and Nicotine Cessation and Education
West Virginia (WV) continually ranks among the top three states in the US, (WV, Kentucky, Louisiana) with the highest tobacco use prevalence rate. group clinic. In an effort to reduce Tobacco usage; COE provides guidance and support to those that are interested in quitting or clinics that wish to relay information to their patients.
Systems Level Inefficiencies
Are you a provider or work in a healthcare setting that provides MOUD (formerly known as MAT)? COE and SAMHSA want to hear from you on what are some of the internal processes are that could be improved upon for efficiency. (i.e. redundant procedures, ineffective processes, long delays, etc.)
*Please note that these reports pertain to SAMHSA procedures and policies only, not the policies and procedures of your individual clinical entity.
Streamline Referral Form
To help reduce patient delays and extra work on staff, the COE is working with several clinics to "streamline" patient referrals to several MOUD clinics across the state of West Virginia. The construct of this project is to utilize a single referral form that can interchangeably be sent and received to participating MOUD treatment centers. This saves time, paperwork, and helps to avoid delays in the event of completing a unique form for each clinic that may or may not be taking patients. This form is open to all clinics that can benefit from this procedure. If you're interested in becoming a participant; please contact us!