Engaging consumers and clinicians in what works for substance use in people who are homeless

People experiencing homelessness die prematurely compared to their stably housed peers. Increasingly deaths are due to substance use. Yet national data confirms people experiencing homelessness have lower access to publicly funded substance use treatment programs and are less likely to receive medication-assisted therapy for opioid use disorder. This workshop will be led by facilitators with lived experience of homelessness and researcher/clinicians. The goal will be to gather input from consumer and clinician attendees about their experience of what works to deliver substance use treatment to people experiencing homelessness. We will also review the current state of evidence about homelessness and substance use disorder and have a group conversation responding to different models and approaches to treatment. The input of this team will support an NIH grant, currently under review, in partnership with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council about using participatory research to develop a new treatment for people experiencing homelessness with opioid and/or stimulant use disorder.

Speakers: Moncies Franco, Senior Community Engaged Research Coordinator, Health, Homelessness, & Criminal Justice Lab / Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute; Katherine Vickery, MD, MSc, Hennepin Healthcare; Art Rios, CAB Member, NCAB

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Categories: Behavioral Health, Clinical Practice, Consumer Engagement, Harm Reduction, Mortality, Substance Use
Tags: 2024 National HCH Conference
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