Addressing barriers to opioid use disorder care in rural northern Michigan through a 32-member collaborative
The Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium (NMORC) is a collaboration of diverse stakeholders that works across 16 northern Michigan counties to identify barriers in opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment, recovery, and workforce. Stakeholders include healthcare facilities in the targeted 16-county region, including all hospitals, hospital affiliated clinics, federally qualified health centers, community mental health agencies, and local public health agencies. In addition, the consortium includes recovery support service providers, educational institutions, law enforcement, and faith-based organizations.
The core activities that NMORC focuses on include:
- Stigma reduction activities, including public messaging
- Naloxone distribution and expansion of access, including among local county jails
- Harm reduction activities, including syringe service programs
- Behavioral health integration, especially into primary care
- Provider trainings, especially to increase buprenorphine prescribers
- Workforce eduction
- Engaging and expanding opioid health homes
- Building recovery capital through housing, employment, recovery coaching, and supporting a recovery website
The consortium is supported by the Michigan Center for Rural Health at Michigan State University and is funded through HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.
More details on the program and contact information can be found in the presentation here and the news article here.