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APA, in collaboration with AAAP and 22 national health care organizations, created the following virtual learning collaboratives that each highlight a topic focused on expanding medication for addiction treatment options for patients with substance use disorders (SUD). Each collaborative is specially curated to meet the unique needs of an affected community.

Details on the three, upcoming ECHO-style virtual learning collaboratives (VLCs) can be found below. Each VLC proceeds for a four-week duration, which focus on the implementation of evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). The VLC’s combine interactive learning, case-based sharing, and facilitation by national experts.

All participants will be required to attend a virtual forum at the end of the four-week VLC and participate in each of the weekly discussions and assignments. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Adolescent
  • Co-morbid stimulant abuse
  • LGBT communities
  • Rural communities
  • Minority and under-represented communities

Upcoming Virtual Learning Collaborative

Opioid Use Disorder and Harm Reduction in the Era of Poly-Substance Use

  •   April 11, 2024
  •   1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
  •   Kristine Torres-Lockhart, M.D.
  •   1 CME, 1 COP credits

Overdose deaths related to opioids and stimulants continue to rise amidst a national overdose crisis. We will discuss best practices for approaching medication treatment of opioid use disorder in the era of highly potent synthetic opioids, harm reduction, and concomitant stimulant use.

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Virtual Learning Collaboratives Archive

The Opioid Epidemic in Populations of Black or African Descent

  •   Rahn K. Bailey, M.D.
  •   4 CME credits

This 4-week virtual learning collaborative for psychiatrists will highlight specific considerations in the treatment of opioid use disorder in populations of black or African descent.

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On the Learning Curve: Current Clinical Challenges in Adolescent Substance Use

  •   Yifrah Kaminer, M.D., M.B.A.
  •   5 CME, 5 POC credits

This Virtual Learning Collaborative will discuss a range of topics around adolescent substance use such as overdose in youth, co-occuring depression, evidence-based treatment approaches, and cannabis use. Treatment approaches of both the generic and specific variety will be explored throughout this course.

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Treatment and Behavioral Strategies to Treat Adolescents and Young Adults with Substance Use and Related Disorders

  •   Hector Colon-Rivera M.D., M.B.A., M.R.O.
  •   5 CME, 5 POC credits

This presentation will be divided into four parts and will discuss the main substances used and abused by adolescents in the United States; Alcohol, Marijuana and tobacco use, opioids, and stimulants. We will discuss prevention, screening, evaluation, and referral to treatment of adolescents with or at risk for these substance use disorders. The presentation will discuss the latest evidence-based data on medication for assisted treatment and other therapies for adolescents. The discussion focuses on recognizing the best practices in preventing and treating adolescents with substance use disorders.

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Opioid Use Disorder in Adolescence: Identification and Treatment Strategies in Youth with Psychiatric Co-morbidities

  •   Diana Deister, M.D.
  •   5 CME, 5 POC credits

This course will teach a rapid screening tool for identification of adolescent substance use disorder and discuss how to handle the first discussion with a patient and family about a new OUD diagnosis. Evidence for efficacy of medications used for treatment of A-OUD will be explored, medication interactions with psychiatric meds reviewed, and gaps in the literature identified. The roles of parents, contingency management, diet, and other lifestyle factors will be reviewed as part of a patient-centered treatment plan.

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About This Initiative

In 2018, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) began work on The Opioid Response Network (ORN) Technical Assistance Grant, a two-year national effort led by the American Association of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), to address the opioid epidemic by expanding the evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs across the nation. As part of a coalition of 22 national health care organizations working with AAAP, the APA’s role on the grant involved launching over a dozen virtual learning collaboratives that each highlighted a topic focused on expanding medication for addiction treatment options for patients with substance use disorders (SUD). Each collaborative was specially curated to meet the unique needs of an affected community.


Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816-02 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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