CTN-0088: DC Research Infrastructure Building & Initiative to Reach, Engage, and Retain in MAT Patients with OUD

Richard Schottenfeld, MD
Lead investigator

Howard University, Dept. of Psychiatry

The opioid overdose epidemic is increasingly affecting urban, poor, and predominantly minority populations in the U.S., including Washington, D.C., as indicated by rapidly increasing overdoses clustered in medically underserved, economically disadvantaged, largely African American areas of the District and many of the nation’s other largest cities. This study seeks to 1) develop, implement, and conduct a preliminary evaluation of an integrated, community-based collaborative care model, employing peer recovery coaches and telepsychiatry services, to improve utilization and effectiveness of MOUD in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and 2) to use a community-based participatory research approach to develop, implement, and conduct a preliminary evaluation of outreach, engagement, and recovery support interventions in non-traditional community settings (e.g., grass roots community groups, churches or religious organizations, soup kitchens, or black barber shops or nail or hair salons).

Funded by the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM.