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Opioid Crisis in Rual America: Baker


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This presentation was delivered at NADO's 2018 Annual Training Conference, held in Charlotte, NC on October 13-16. For more information, visit:

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Opioid Crisis in Rual America: Baker

  1. 1. Addressing the Opioid Crisis Charlie Baker Executive Director Chittenden County RPC NADO Annual Training Conference October 15, 2018
  2. 2. Intro • Most Populous County in VT – 160,000 • 25% of the State’s population • Largest City – Burlington, VT – 42,000 • One of the healthiest counties in US
  3. 3. However, Opioid Fatalities Rising
  4. 4. • Governor made major issue in 2014 State of the State address • Mayor of Burlington pushed State for help • Formed CCOA: – Executive Committee: Mayor, Health Commissioner, Police Chief, University Medical Center COO, Mental Health CEO, United Way CEO, Regional Planning Commission ED Chittenden County Opioid Alliance - CCOA Nissan LEAF Chevy Volt
  5. 5. • Using Collective Impact Model • CCRPC ED serves on Executive Committee • Lead applicant for grants – State Agency of Human Services – United Way – University Medical Center • Hired staff, served as fiscal agent, provided data platform CCRPC Role Nissan LEAF Chevy Volt
  6. 6. Five conditions of Collective Impact : 1. Common agenda 2. Shared measurement 3. Mutually reinforcing activities 4. Continuous communication 5. Backbone support Five conditions borrowed from Tamarack Institute: Collective Impact Model Nissan LEAF Chevy Volt
  7. 7. • Reduced time on waitlist for Medicated Assisted Treatment from 2 years to zero. • New law tracking of the number of morphine equivalents prescribed. • Reduced the # of providers prescribing more than 50 opioids to any patient by 58%. • The # of prescriptions for more than 50 pills has decreased by 77% in the past 18 months • Achieved a 41% decrease in opioid prescriptions between 2013 and 2017, compared to a 29% reduction nationwide. • New law requiring DOC to provide MAT services to inmates effective July 1, 2018. • Recovery coaches in the Emergency Department began on August 1st. Employment coaches are located in our local Recovery Center. Accomplishments to Date Nissan LEAF Chevy Volt
  8. 8. Accomplishments to Date Nissan LEAF Chevy Volt
  9. 9. • Visit -county-opioid-alliance/ • Visit • Charlie Baker 802-735-3500 • THANK YOU! For more information: