Originally published to the March STR/SOR Newsletter Thu, Mar 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Since its founding in 1978, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare has grown to include 33 affiliated agencies. Providers affiliated with the Coalition offer behavioral healthcare to over 250,000 clients each year. Healthcare services offered are specific to the mental health needs of the clients which include treatment and support for addictions and substance use disorders (mocoalition.org.)
As a partner receiving STR/SOR funding, the Coalition has made strides increasing access to buprenorphine waiver trainings to providers across Missouri. A team of six exceptional physicians: Dr Luis Guiffra, Dr. Roopa Sethi, Dr. Daniel Vinson, Dr. Fred Rottnek, Dr. Jaye Shyken and Dr. Evan Schwarz have collectively led a total of nineteen waiver trainings since STR funding began back in May, 2017. To date, these trainings have yielded a turnout of 247 interested medical professionals.
The following graph shows the impact of Coalition’s efforts in increasing waiver training through STR and SOR funding. The future looks bright for the ever-widening expansion of waivered providers across Missouri, getting life-saving medications into the hands of people living with OUD.
University of Missouri St Louis is currently developing a study examining where providers are leaking through the proverbial pipeline after they complete waiver trainings.
A special thanks to Emily Conde and Katie Horstman for organizing the waiver trainings and providing the updated numbers.
“SERVICES | Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare.” Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, 2014, www.mocoalition.org/services.
Article by Aaron Ruiz. Treatment Support Staff. SOR. UMSL-MIMH. 2019