The Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response project aims to enrich response efforts by health care providers – emergency rooms, drug treatment centers, mental health clinics, primary care doctors and emergency responders. Specifically, it advocates for a “Medication First” approach, which is low-barrier model of
for opioid use disorder. The Opioid STR grant has helped provide treatment for nearly 3,000 people over the past year and distributed 6,000 overdose reversal kits with
and the accompanying training on how to use them to save lives. The grant team and partners have also provided primary prevention services for youths, pain management training for primary care providers, recovery housing for people who are homeless and much more. The Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) and Missouri State Opioid Response (SOR) projects are expanding access to integrated prevention, treatment, recovery support, and harm reduction services for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout the state. The State of Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) is leading the project, with administration, implementation, and evaluation activities provided by the University of Missouri, St. Louis - Missouri Institute of Mental Health (UMSL-MIMH), as well as healthcare agencies, academic institutions, and content experts throughout the state.