CMHA Conference Session: Proactive Response to Overdose and Appropriate Connections to Treatment (PROACT)
This event is in the past.
This worshop is presented by the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice during the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) Annual Winter Conference.
Proactive Response to Overdose and Appropriate Connections to Treatment (PROACT) programs in Kent and Monroe counties have shown drastic increases in connections to care by establishing referral pathways from Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Individuals who experience an overdose are at high risk for another overdose. An interface with a medical first responder presents an opportunity for a public health response, since EMS agencies can refer contact information to follow-up substance use treatment and harm reduction care. Some organizations have formed post-overdose programs to follow-up with overdose patients, but most have been limited by legal confusion around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 42 CFR Part 2, and the Michigan Mental Health Code. Most programs assume consent is required for post-overdose referrals, but a recent legal opinion from a prominent EMS attorney has allowed referral of contact information from EMS to CMH or relevant treatment providers without releases of information.
Participants will be able to:
- Provide an overview of challenges and successes related to implementing a post-overdose response program
- Describe legal framework allowing EMS agencies to refer patient information to CMH and provider organizations
- Discuss logistical strategies and common challenges on following up with overdose patients