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Join us! The Three-County Opioid Response Plan requires input from:

  - tribal partners

  - mental health providers
  - substance use disorder


  - primary care providers

  - dental providers

  - public health officials

  - local health jurisdictions

  - emergency departments

  - health insurance plans

  - first responders (law 

    enforcement, EMTs,

    paramedics, fire, and others)

  - elected officials

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Project Lead

At the September 13, 2106 OCH Partner Convening, OCH Staff announced Dr. Lisa Rey Thomas as Project Lead for the Opioid Coordination Project.

Action Plan
On July 29, 2016, OCH Staff submitted a contract deliverable to the HCA including the Regional Health Improvement Action Plan for the Three-County Coordinated Opioid Response Project. Click below for the full Action Plan PDF.

Three Opioid Wokgroups have been formed and first meetings are being scheduled.

​​​Request for Proposals

On June 2, 2016, the OCH issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for regional health improvement projects that further the Triple Aim and ideally also address the  social determinants of health in our region (Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties). Proposals were due by 4:00pm on June 21, 2106.

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UW TelePain

The University of Washington Division of Pain Medicine offers weekly UW TelePain sessions, an audio and videoconference-based consultative knowledge network of interprofessional specialists with expertise in the management of challenging chronic pain problems. The goal is to increase the knowledge and skills of community practice providers who treat patients with chronic pain

US Department of Health & Human Services

Federal information and resources on the Opioid Epidemic

Center for Opioid Safety Education

COSE offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington State who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose.

Helping individuals and communities in Washington State respond to prevent opioid overdose.

CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines,  March 2016

WA Interagency Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain, June 2015 update

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Opioid Summit ​in the NEWS!

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THANK YOU to our project sponsors!

We are grateful to Amerigroup, Community Health Plan of Washington, and Coordinated Care for their generous support of this project

opioid response project

three-county coordinated opioid response project (3CCORP)

The OCH board  unanimously accepted the Regional Health Assessment and Planning (RHAP) Committee's recommendation at the July 6, 2016 Board meeting to move forward with the Opioid Coordination Project.

Three-County Coordinated Opioid Response

Opioids are devastating our communities. Providers, police, paramedics, payers, and parents share in their frustration. In July 2016 the Salish Behavioral Health Organization asked the Olympic Community of Health (OCH) to coordinate a three-county response to this public health crisis, beginning with an assessment and planning phase. We began work in September 2016 and hosted an Opioid Summit
(slides here)at the end of January 2017. We also put forward an Opioid Implementation Plan..

From Planning to Action

We anticipate Medicaid Transformation funds to flow to the OCH by the end of May 2017, possibly sooner. In the meantime, we are open to partner contributions to support ongoing project operations.

 Project implementation will steer towards three goals, each with an assigned workgroup:

1.       Prevent opioid misuse and abuse

2.       Identify and treat opioid use disorder

3.       Prevent deaths from opioids

The workgroup’s first item of business is to finalize and prioritize the strategies and tasks for each of the three goals as well as determine measures and benchmarks to gauge success and allow for timely adjustments to the plan. An Opioid Steering Committee will meet at least quarterly, to guide the work of each workgroup and guide an overall strategy to use data to detect opioid misuse and abuse, monitor morbidity and mortality, and evaluate interventions. Other activities we will work on include: analyze and summarize new survey data (e.g., substance use providers) and state data (e.g., Healthy Youth Survey) for our region; perform in person interviews and focus groups; continue engagement with EMS and law enforcement; and continue engagement with Tribes and the Washington American Indian Health Commission.