There are multiple effective evidence-based treatments and programs for opioid use disorder (OUD). Most Americans at risk for or with OUD, however, do not receive appropriate treatment for their disorder. At the same time, opioid overdoses continue to kill thousands of Americans. To better understand how promising and evidence-based strategies and treatments might help more people with OUD, the Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative, or NIH HEAL InitiativeSM, will deploy a suite of implementation science efforts to test the integration of evidence-based interventions in an array of settings.

Research Programs

The HEALing Communities Study will test the integration of prevention, overdose treatment, and medication-based treatment in select communities hard hit by the opioid crisis. This comprehensive treatment model will be tested in a coordinated array of settings, including primary care, emergency departments, and other community settings. Findings will establish best practices for integrating prevention and treatment strategies that can be replicated by communities nationwide.

The NIH HEAL Initiative will expand the size and scope of research conducted by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). This expansion will help address emergent needs presented by the opioid crisis. The CTN will integrate new opioid-related research questions into studies currently underway, expedite new studies in general medical and other settings, and enhance clinical and research training opportunities.

The Justice Community Opioid Intervention Network (JCOIN) will study quality care for opioid misuse and OUD in justice populations. JCOIN will help create partnerships between local and state justice systems and community-based treatment providers. Findings will address the critical need to improve the quality of OUD treatment in the justice system.

The NIH HEAL Initiative will work with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to learn if combining behavioral interventions with medication-based treatment for OUD can lead to better results. Some of the behavioral interventions to be studied include mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Researchers will examine whether these behavioral interventions improve adherence to medication-based treatment, improve outcomes, and reduce relapse. 

Funded Projects

2019
Transitions Clinic Network: Post Incarceration Addiction Treatment, Healthcare, and Social Support (TCN PATHS) study
Sep 25, 2019
2019
Testing the Effects of Contingency Management and Behavioral Economics on Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment Adherence Using a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) Design
Sep 25, 2019
2019
New Mexico Clinical Trials Node: Clinical research and practice to address substance use in diverse, rural and underserved populations
Sep 25, 2019
2019
Clinic-Randomized Trial of Clinical Decision Support for Opioid Use Disorders in Medical Settings
Sep 25, 2019
2019
Preventing and Identifying Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Using the Six Building Blocks (6BBs) for Improving Opioid Prescription Management
Sep 25, 2019

Closed Funding Opportunities

2019
Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System: TRIALS (U01)
Sep 25, 2019
2019
The National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (UG1)
Sep 25, 2019
2019
The National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (UG1 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sep 25, 2019
2019
HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Research Sites) (UM1 - Clinical Trial Required)
Sep 25, 2019
2019
HEAL Initiative: Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Coordination and Translation Center (U2C Clinical Trial Optional)
Sep 25, 2019

NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings

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NIH. National Institutes of Health

NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings

The National Institutes of Health will award 12 grants to form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide.

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Dr. Baker on the HEALing Communities Study

Director of the HEAL Initiative Dr. Rebecca Baker discusses the HEALing Communities Study on AM 970's The Joe Piscopo Show.

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