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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.

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. Providers can receive training quickly and can implement the program easily. The intervention consists of just one session with a patient, using cognitive-behavioral techniques. Ongoing support is available.
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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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Removing Barriers on the Road to Recovery
For people with substance use disorder, the road to recovery can be long and hard. In rural communities, where rates of overdose mortality have increased at higher rates than in urban areas, limited access to treatment makes the journey even harder. The ROADSS program, introduced here in a video, addresses that disparity by bringing treatment and resources closer to home.
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‘We’re Not Alone’: Preserving Group Therapy through Videoconferencing during COVID-19
When the coronavirus surged in March 2020, Strong Recovery in Western New York made the tough, but necessary call to suspend their in-person groups for individuals with substance use disorder. They rapidly converted to video-based group therapy in April to continue providing this important service—the “heart and soul of our program.” Online groups have created new opportunities to connect with patients and will carry on after the pandemic.
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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.
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Making Space for Social Distance: Adapting Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) to COVID-19
In this webinar, Patrick Seche and Itza Morales-Torres of Strong Recovery will discuss the steps they are taking to adapt substance use disorder (SUD) programs as quickly as possible in response to the COVID-19 crisis. They will give an overview of new federal and state regulations and discuss changes they are implementing such as social distancing and telehealth.