Florida's Opioid State Targeted Response Project

Florida’s Opioid State Targeted Response Project is designed to address the opioid crisis by providing evidence-based prevention, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery support services. The four goals of this proposal include reducing opioid-related deaths, preventing prescription opioid misuse among young people, increasing the number of individuals trained to provide medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services, and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment among individuals with opioid use disorders.

Middle and high school students in high-need rural counties will receive school-based life skills training proven to prevent prescription opioid misuse. Funds will also be used to purchase and distribute naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote proven to reduce opioid overdose deaths. 

Uninsured and underinsured individuals with opioid use disorders will be targeted to receive medication-assisted treatment, recovery support, and overdose prevention services. The majority of the funding will be used for methadone maintenance and buprenorphine maintenance because controlled trials demonstrate that these services are most effective at retaining individuals in care, reducing illicit opioid use, and reducing opioid-related mortality. Funds will also be used for an extended release formulation of naltrexone that blocks the effects of opioids and is approved for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence. Hospital-based pilot programs will seek to initiate buprenorphine assisted treatment with individuals who have overdosed on opioids and coordinate ongoing care with community-based providers. Preliminary and conservative estimates indicate that funds can be used to serve at least 2,789 individuals during the first year and a total of 5,578 individuals over the two-year project period. Funds will also be used provide training and technical assistance on medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to a variety of stakeholders, including potential prescribers, peers in recovery, child welfare staff, and court staff, among others. The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s computerized structured interview and clinical decision support tool will also be piloted by providers.

A competitive hiring process will be used to select a full-time Project Director who will be responsible for overall project oversight and management to ensure that goals and objectives are met, strategic planning, tracking measurable objectives, implementing quality improvement initiatives, and ensuring compliance with all aspects of the terms and conditions of the award. An epidemiologist will assist with data analysis, develop reports to inform strategic planning and evaluation activities, critically review grant funded reports and analyses, and advise key project staff and subrecipients regarding surveillance data. Qualified peer specialists will be employed in six regions to assist with regional needs assessments, conduct quality assurance visits with providers, and manage activities related to the development of recovery-oriented systems of care. Behavioral Health Consultants will train and assist child protective investigators.

Florida Opioid State Targeted Response Project

Opioid State Targeted Response Project Contact
Jeffrey Cece
Opioid STR Project Director
Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Florida Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg. 6, Room 263
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-717-4405 | Jeffrey.Cece@myflfamilies.com