Most communities have coalitions that have come together to try and address the many facets of the opioid crisis. Many are making some progress on some topics, but most realize that they have a lot of room for improvement.  This program is designed to help these community coalitions greatly improve the engagement of many different community stakeholders, enhance their teamwork, upgrade their use of measures and data, and expand their use of available free and low-cost resources to address many different aspects of the opioid crisis. This highly-interactive program can help coalitions anywhere take major steps forward and not only begin to have a greater impact, but also be better positioned as a high-performance coalition when it comes to winning competitive grants that will be issued by states as the new opioid funding is released. 

What is included? 


Each community will receive their own custom Website (see the template here) that they can use to promote this program and recruit other community stakeholders. 

Communities will get access to 3 short video excerpts from a Keynote address on Collective Impact delivered by Bill Barberg (each about 15 minutes long) and an E-book on "Implementing Population Health Strategies" to be used as part of the community outreach to recruit partners and to provides some background context for the workshop.

6-Hour Workshop (May 14, 2018)

The core of the Accelerator Program is a 6-hour workshop conducted in your community that is designed to have 40-80 people from many different sectors and organizations learn new ways of working together and learn about valuable new tools (most of which are free) that can help them advance key parts of a comprehensive strategy to address the opioid crisis.   This is not just hour after hour of lecture.  This workshop is highly interactive as the locally gathered participants work in different groups (see the Five Tracks below) to learn about practical steps they can take in their community and actually develop 30-day and 90-day work plans.

The workshops include live training, simulcast by Bill Barberg to many communities at the same time, small group sessions, simulcast breakout sessions for people who may not be attending the local gathering, and exercises that help the participants learn the new tools and techniques (See Schedule below). 

Post-Workshop Webinars (May 18-June 30)

Following the Workshop, coalitions can gather together subsets of their coalitions to either learn new material that addresses topics not covered during the Workshop (See Webinar Topics below).

Post Workshop Coaching Sessions (during June)

For each of the five Tracks, there will be a post-workshop coaching session to help their action teams from each of the communities refine the plans they developed in the Workshop (See more about Coaching Sessions below). 


Meet the Expert Speakers

Read full instructor bios here

  Bill Barberg:  Community Strategy Management, Collaboration to Address the Opioid Crisis

Bill Barberg: Community Strategy Management, Collaboration to Address the Opioid Crisis

  Joe Marciewicz  :  National Youth Trainer and Facilitator for Community Engagement of Youth for Substance Abuse Prevention

Joe Marciewicz: National Youth Trainer and Facilitator for Community Engagement of Youth for Substance Abuse Prevention

  Dr. Trish Henrie-Barrus:  Screening and Opioid Abuse Prevention & Recovery

Dr. Trish Henrie-Barrus: Screening and Opioid Abuse Prevention & Recovery

  Richard Taylor:  Community Care Coordination

Richard Taylor: Community Care Coordination

  Charlie Jarvis:  Precision Medicine and Improving MAT

Charlie Jarvis: Precision Medicine and Improving MAT

  Jim Morgan:  CEO of Meet the Need

Jim Morgan: CEO of Meet the Need

Workshop Schedule (Central Time)

8am-3pm Pacific / 9am-4pm Mountain / 10am-5pm Central / 11am-6pm Eastern

10am - 5pm Central

Sign in and Registration. Final Tech Checks
9:30 - 10:00 am

PART 1: The Power of a Comprehensive Framework and Resource Hub
10:00 - 10:40 -- Introduction and Overview of the Comprehensive Framework & Resource Hub
10:40 - 10:45 – Break into Small Groups
10:45 -11:15 – Small Group Breakout #1 (30 minutes).
Option 1: (In Person) - Reducing the Occurrence and Impact of NAS
Option 2: (In Person) - Improving Safe Storage & Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Option 3: (In Person) - Enhancing Peer Recovery Groups
Option 4: (Via Webinar) - Enhancing & Expanding SBIRT (OARS)
Option 5: (Via Webinar) - Improving Protective Factors for Youth
11:15 - 11:30 - Break (Eastern Time Lunch) / Regroup / Sharing of a few highlights from the small groups (Pre-selected small group leaders to share)

PART 2: Innovative Approaches to Getting Funding and Resources
11:30 - 12:15 – Presentation on Innovative Ways to Get Funding & Resources
12:15 - 12:45 – Break (Central Time Lunch) / Discussion/Exercise of Funding Options

PART 3: Improving Mass Collaboration and Moving to Action
12:45 - 1:15 – Introducing the KaBOOM! Approach for Accelerated Parallel Action
1:15 - 1:30 – Break into Small Groups (Mountain Time Lunch)
1:30 - 2:00 – Small Group Breakout #2 (30 minutes) on Practical Steps for Expanding Collaboration
Same Five Options as Breakout #1

2:00 - 2:15 - Break (Pacific Time Lunch) / Regroup
2:15 - 2:30 – Nationwide Collaboration for Improving Effectiveness & Efficiency
2:30 - 3:15 – Details on the T.E.A.M. Process, Introduction to the OMTA approach for Implementing Community Strategies, Developing Measures, Work Plans and a "Cadence of Action"
3:15 - 3:30 - Move to Breakout Groups
3:30 - 4:30 -- Mini-T.E.A.M. Workshop: 60 minute break-out sessions on selected strategies, Work Session on Structuring New or Improved Strategies into Actions
4:30 - 5:00 – Sharing / Discussion, Closing Remarks, Next Steps and Filling out Workshop Evaluations

About the Five Tracks for the Breakout Sessions

During the workshop, participants will periodically split out into one of five breakout sessions. It is recommended that people stay with the same track for all of these breakout sessions so they can make progress on moving towards actions in these areas. Three of the Tracks will be locally facilitated with the people who are meeting with others in the room, and the local facilitator will be guiding the group through a tour of the relevant sections of the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub and sharing about the no-cost, low-cost or self-funding strategies that can be adopted by communities. The other two tracks will be delivered and facilitated via Webinars, bringing people from multiple cities together to work on the topics. The second set of two tracks provide good options for people who may be attending on their own or remotely. Each Track will have 3 sessions over the course of the workshop.

Three In-Person Tracks

Reducing the Occurrence and Impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Group facilitator will vary by community.
This track will review the comprehensive strategy map that focuses on reducing NAS and the negative impact it has on infants. Participants will explore the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub to see that there are many different ways that community partners can play a role in reducing the factors that lead to babies being born opioid dependent and many things that can be done to minimize the negative impact when infants are conceived by a woman dependent on opioids. These in-person groups should have people from multiple sectors and multiple roles discuss both short-term steps and longer-term strategies to work together on this important topic.

Improving Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Group facilitator will vary by community.
Even for communities that have taken steps to expand drop-boxes or conduct drug take-back days, far too many dangerous prescription drugs are still unsecured in the homes of community residents. Minimizing the availability of pills that can be misused, given away or stolen is a very important prevention strategy. This track will review the strategies, tools and actions that are available in the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub to help community partners work together for greater impact.

Enhancing Peer Recovery Groups  (Group facilitator will vary by community.)
One of the most important part of a successful recovery ecosystem is peer support. Many communities offer some access to peer support groups, but many needs are still not sufficiently met. Enhancing peer recovery groups is an important area where community partners can work together to help end the opioid crisis. Some communities only have programs based on the 12-Step model, which is not a good fit for some people. While many people have achieved long-term sobriety through programs on the 12-step model, many others have relapsed into substance misuse in spite of their attempts to participate in these programs. This track will look at several economical and practical ways that communities can expand the options for peer recovery groups and expand the number and variety of groups to achieve greater impact.

The Two Remote Participation Tracks

Expanding and Improving Risk Factor Screening and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)

Track Leader: Dr. Trish Henrie-Barrus

Dr. Henrie-Barrus will explain the importance of psychological risk stratification and how it can change prescribing practices to reduce the risk of people becoming addicted to opioids. She will also explain how SBIRT can help prevent people from moving from early misuse of opioids to Opioid Use Disorder. Expanding SBIRT can create more and better options for catching people early and guiding them to get the help that they need--especially before they switch to heroin and fake pills that are increasingly spiked with fentanyl. SBIRT is an evidence-based approach that can be used in many scenarios. This track will look at an innovative screening tool that can not only guide prescribing practices and improve early detection of the likelihood of a person misusing opioids but it can also generate positive net revenue for the heathcare providers that use it. Participants will learn how, in many cases, expanding effective screening and SBIRT can be self-funding strategies that can bring revenue both to the care providers.

Improving Protective Factors for Youth

Track Co-Leaders: Joe Markiewicz and Judson Bemis

While some of the tactics used in the past to discourage drug use by youth have not been very effective, there is a growing body of encouraging practices and research that shows ways that parents, caregivers and communities can increase the protective factors that reduce the likelihood of a young person starting to misuse alcohol, opioids or other drugs. This track is led by a national leader in youth training and engagement, and it will explore valuable techniques and the free and low-cost tools that are available through the OCRH to help parents, caregivers, youth and community organizations work together to create environments where youth thrive and avoid the destructive impact of substance abuse. Participants will also learn about a new, free phone app and platform that helps improve the relationship of teens with parents or caregivers--and ways to spread the adoption of that app in a community.

Post-Workshop Webinar Sessions

These webinars are not intended as independent Webinars for general audiences, but rather as an extension of the Workshop, building on the pre-workshop content and the training provided in the workshop.  Coalitions are highly encouraged to gather the relevant stakeholders together so they can work in person on these topics.   New participants can be given recordings of some of the key training lectures from the workshop to prepare for these sessions.  These will be offered in the six weeks following the workshop, and they are only for people who participated in the workshop and others they choose to invite to participate with them.

Post-Workshop Webinar 1: 

Improving MAT with Precision Medication using DNA Testing
Lead Presenter: Charlie Jarvis, Premier DNA

Billions of dollars are expected to be flowing into states and communities to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), but the long-term success rate of MAT programs is still disappointing--even if it is significantly better than programs that don't use medication. It is well recognized that people react differently to opioids based on their genetic characteristics. It is also true that people respond differently to the medications used in MAT based on their genes. This track will look at the exciting new research showing how using DNA tests to optimize the medication plan can significantly improve the success of a MAT program. It will also explore steps that a community can take to expand the use of Precision MAT in their community.


Post-Workshop Webinar 2:

Using Time Banking to Harness Community Resources

Lead Presenter:  B.J. Andryusky


Post Workshop Webinar 3:

XCare Community -- A Platform for Community Care Coordination, Referrals and Individual Success Planning

Lead Presenter:  Richard Taylor


Post Workshop Webinar 4:

Tools & Opportunities for Faith Communities

Lead Presenter: Bill Barberg and _______


Post Workshop Webinar 5:

Using Meet the Need Software Platform

Lead Presenter: Jim Morgan


Post Workshop Webinar 6:

Using InsightVision to Manage Your Coalition's Strategy

Lead Presenter:  Bill Barberg

Post Workshop Coaching Sessions

Each of the five Track Leaders will conduct a 90-minute session for their track to review progress made by the teams working on that issue and provide guidance on how to continue to build on the acceleration.   It is highly recommended that the community partners working on each topic set up a place where they can meet together for this on-line group coaching session.

These on-line sessions will be offered during a 4 week period that begins about 2 weeks after the Workshop.  These sessions are only available to workshop participants or community partners that they invite to participate with them.

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