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SI SUPRT Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns; Input Being Sought Via Letter

Due to COVID-19 prevention measures, several upcoming events have been cancelled for the next two weeks. Please be aware and spread the word:

1.) March 31 event in White County with speakers Jeff McPeek and Mark Sanders is CANCELLED until further notice. We will attempt to reschedule this as soon as possible.

2.) White County SI SUPRT meeting, March 26: CANCELLED and rescheduled to Tuesday, April 7, 1 p.m., and Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m. Both meetings will be held at Carmi office of Egyptian Health Department.

3.) Listening session community forum that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at the Recovery Resource Center is CANCELLED. Input is being sought via letter. See information immediately below and spread the word on this. If it looks like new information to you, it is related to the post shared by Health Southern Illinois Delta Network on this page last week. FURTHER DIRECTIONS ON THIS ARE directly below:

Community Input: Improving Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care in Illinois Medicaid. Through a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Illinois is seeking community input on how to improve substance use disorder care for Medicaid beneficiaries.To complement feedback received at community forums/listening sessions held across Illinois,we also welcome written comments.We have provided some questions below to help guide your responses. Answering all the questions is not expected or required.Please limit written comments to no more than 3 pages. This information may be submitted in a letter format. In your responses, please be concise and do not include extensive background information for well-accepted concepts. Please do provide examples, references, or data for newer concepts.Be sure to include a contact name, title, email, and organization, if applicable. Thank you for providing us with your valuable input!

Please send your thoughts to the following contacts with Subject Line: SUD Comments by 5pm on March 27, 2020.

Southern Illinois, South Central Illinois and Central Illinois-Angie Bailey, Southern Illinois Healthcare, at

Northern Illinois or State-Wide Agency or Organization -Christie Edwards, Cook County Health at Treatment Initiation, Retention & Recovery

•What is working well in Illinois?

•What are the biggest challenges/barriers to accessing and initiating evidence-based treatment? (E.g. provider access/capacity,medications,staff recruitment, behavioral health capacity)

•What are the biggest challenges/ barriers to retention?

(E.g. support staff capacity)

•What are the biggest challenges/ barriers to recovery?

(E.g. case management and referral processes/handoffs especially to mental health services, employment, social support)

•What are gaps in the continuum of care spanning from early intervention and outpatient services to medically monitored intensive inpatients services and medically managed intensive inpatient services?

(E.g. linkage to a higher level of care, transition from crisis care settings to community-based settings)

•What are the barriers to providing behavioral health care, including SUD treatment, integrated in a primary care setting?

•What opportunities should Illinois Medicaid pursue to improve treatment initiation, retention, and recovery?

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