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Our society is facing an opioid crisis.

But together we can defeat it.

UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence works to reduce morbidity, mortality, and other harmful effects of substance use disorder in rural communities, with special attention to synthetic opioids. 


Increasing Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Engagement Using a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention

The focus of this program is to train and provide consultation to providers in rural communities who are interested in increasing substance use and/or mental health treatment initiation and retention of their patients. 

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Increasing Awareness to Save Lives

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, launched in July, provides a fast way for people experiencing a suicidal, mental health, or substance use disorder (SUD) crisis to urgently get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Behavioral Health Care Managers: An Approach to Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care Practices

To help rural primary care practices provide more comprehensive care to patients they serve, we highlight the role of the Behavioral Health Care Manager (BHCM) on this resource page. 



Program Assistance 

We are working with specific counties in the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia as they apply evidence-based practices to fight the opioid crisis, especially related to synthetic opioids.

We also support communities across the U.S. as they find, adapt, and implement programs.

We look forward to connecting with you!

The federal government has removed the X-waiver requirement for prescribing buprenorphine. Learn more on the SAMHSA and DEA websites. We are updating our resources accordingly.