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RCORP - Rural Center of Excellence on SUD Prevention


Learn pages describe best practices and programs to prevent and reduce the impact of substance use and substance use disorder that have been adapted for rural communities. These pages feature resources—evidence, videos, webinars, trainings, articles, and various tools—to help rural communities select and implement practices that support their efforts and goals.  

Read an overview of our resources and programs.

Southern Tier
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. We have drawn upon best practices and learnings from the Collaborative Care Model of behavioral health integration and adapted the BHCM role to make it a practical approach for providers in rural communities.
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Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care: A Practical Solution to an Urgent Need

UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence has developed comprehensive training on the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in primary care to prepare providers and staff to deliver evidence-based care to patie

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Transitions Clinic Network Programs
Transitions Clinic Network (TCN) programs address the high rates of overdose mortality among people recently released from incarceration and other health risks and challenges these individuals face. A primary care practice that implements a TCN program provides patients with care for chronic health conditions including substance use disorder upon release. It adds a community health worker with a history of incarceration who connects with patients before release, helps them navigate services in the community, and provides warm handoffs.
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Bridging the Gap: Telemedicine as a Path to Primary Care Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder
In rural communities where pharmacotherapy may not be available in primary care practices, telemedicine-based treatment with providers outside the immediate area can serve as a 2-3 year bridge, supporting patients in their recovery while allowing PCPs to become trained in pharmacotherapy and integrate care management into their practices. A bridge program also supports SUD treatment programs in maintaining access to treatment for new patients.