Challenges & Opportunities for Recovery Housing in Rural & Urban Communities
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Date & Time
Monday, October 25, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Name
Shenandoah Room
With national drug overdose deaths reaching nearly 100,000, policy makers are looking at why their efforts are failing. COVID-19 has had an impact, but deaths were on the rise before COVID-19 sequestration and the impact of COVID-19 highlights the lack of individual and community resiliency reflected in the marked increase in overdose deaths. Additionally, drug of choice has changed with the reduced supply of prescription opioids along with the availability of pure and potent methamphetamine flowing in from Mexico the use of psychostimulants has increased. The lack of effective medication assisted treatment for stimulant use disorder necessitates a broader recovery approach to address the polydrug use epidemic. As a result, political leaders are turning to a broader response to the epidemic including Recovery Support Services including recovery housing that have better outcomes then MAT alone. Recognizing the need for a full continuum of care that touches the social influencers of health, new legislative efforts are providing more support for recovery housing. Developments such as the Trone legislation which allocates more resources to recovery housing will help increase the capacity and quality of recovery housing. State NARR chapter development continues to grow and other efforts to improve the quality and professionalism of recovery housing providers provide an opportunity to reduce the sequalae of substance use disorder. The Fletcher Group as the HRSA Rural Center of Excellence for Recovery Housing in collaboration with NARR is developing an IT platform support for recovery services to increase accessibility of their services. The platform incudes the functionality of recovery housing management and collection of meaningful outcomes that will drive improvement and increase resources for services. Efforts exist in several states for reimbursement for RH services which will also increase accessibility. In summary, as more attention is focused on the need and benefits of RH to treat this epidemic RH providers will need to improve their services, accessibility, and documentation of results. This presentation will address the factors that will facilitate this growth. This presentation will also address several important factors from the current research and developing technology. It will include existing and potential revenue/funding sources for recovery housing and the growing importance of this modality in curbing the epidemics impact.
"1. Participants will be able to identify differences between a medical model and a social recovery model in supporting individuals with a substance use disorder.
2. Participants will be able to identify potential funding sources in creating a blended funding approaches for recovery housing operations.
3. Participants will be able to identify different outcome domains.
4. Individuals will be able to identify technology that support recovery house operations.