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Mental Health and Opioid Use


Utilizing a Peer Supports whole health action engagement approach, and the established channel of a Local Action Network (LAN) to foster appropriate opioid prescribing, Alliant Quality aims to improve the lives of Medicare benefi­ciaries experiencing the co-morbidity of mental illness and chronic opioid abuse.

Peer engagement and recovery is a unique approach that draws on individual experience to support people struggling with mental health and/or addiction type problems. The certified peer specialist (CPS) model is taking the country by storm as now 43 states allow CPS’s to bill Medicaid. In CMS Region 4, there are approximately 5,500 mental health and/or addiction certified peer specialists.

The following are the means by which Alliant Quality will attain the project goals:

  • Utilize a whole health training program and peer support model to encourage increased resiliency, wellness and self-managed health for people with mental illness and substance use disorders
  • Provide education to emergency department prescribers, promoting the available guidelines, state regulations and recommendations for the safe use of opioids
  • Collaborate with hospital case management staff to develop an outreach plan to engage patients in a formal peer support health model
  • Utilize established LAN channels to educate and train various stakeholders on health engagement of this complex service population


Please complete the form below to join our efforts:

Participation Agreement



Mental Health Opioid Use One-pager


IP 63: Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD.


Opioid Special Innovations Project Advisory Board


This section will utilize recordings, slides, meeting minutes and additional materials and resources to promote the appropriate use of Opioid Safety. You may click to access the recordings by scrolling down and clicking on the various links for each individual title. Please review the instructions listed below prior to beginning the recordings


  1. Listen to the recording in full by clicking on the links listed below (Recording Section) 


November 29, 2017

Opioid Safety Advisory Meeting  | Opioid Safety Innovation Project Slides | Opioid Safety Advisory Meeting Minutes

January 24, 2018

Opioid Safety Innovation Project Slides | Opioid Safety Advisory Meeting Minutes | Opioid Safety Survey

 April 24, 2018

 Opioid Safety Innovation Project Slides| Opioid Safety Survey



 Opioid and MH Monthly LANs 

 Opioid and MH Monthly Newsletters

 Opioid and Nursing Homes Monthly LANs

 Opioid and Nursing Homes Resources
























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