The investigative and focusing work done during the Prepare and Launch Stage offers the Opioid Improvement Team a picture of current practices, resources, and possibilities. Now it is time to put that foundational work to good use and help practices design and implement new approaches to care for patients on long-term opioid therapy using the Six Building Blocks. During this stage, clinics work to achieve the following milestones with the support of the Practice Facilitator using the Design & Implement Workbook, Shared Learning Calls with other sites, and clinical education.
There is an approach to connecting patients to mental/behavioral health resources, either integrated in the primary care setting, in the community, or through telehealth
There is an approach to connecting patients with opioid use disorder to treatment, either internally through waivered providers or externally through an identified medication for opioid use disorder treatment facility
Confidentiality regulations and other information-sharing hurdles have been addressed so that patient information can be shared between medical, behavioral health, and substance use disorder clinicians
Training is provided to clinicians and staff on overcomingstigma about patients with mental/behavioral health needs, opioid use disorder, and other substance use disorders