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Florida’s State Opioid Response Project

Florida’s State Opioid Response Project (SOR) is administered through the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) in the Florida Department of Children and Families. SOR is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and is designed to address the opioid crisis and reduce opioid-related deaths by providing a comprehensive array of evidence‐based prevention, medication‐assisted treatment (MAT), and recovery support services. Treatment and recovery services target indigent, uninsured, and underinsured individuals with opioid use disorders or opioid misuse. Additionally, SOR funds are used to expand the Department’s Overdose Prevention Program which distributes and trains on the use of naloxone (Narcan®), the life‐saving medication that reverses opioid overdoses; and assists community‐based organizations with the development of standing orders, policies, and protocols for community distribution and training.

This multifaceted project deploys Behavioral Health Consultants to support child protective investigators and a team of qualified medical professionals to assist with MAT capacity building, training, and technical assistance. Recovery support services include the establishment of residences using the Oxford House® Model, implementation of Recovery Community Organizations, employment of Recovery Oriented Quality Improvement Specialists, and expansion of the Veterans information and referral service, MyFLVet Helpline. SOR funds support curricula development for medical schools and buprenorphine induction programs within hospital emergency departments.

The majority of SOR grant funds are being utilized for methadone maintenance and buprenorphine maintenance because controlled trials demonstrate that these services are most effective at retaining individuals in care, reducing illicit opioid use, and reducing opioid-related mortality. Funds will also be used for extended release naltrexone which blocks the effects of opioids and is approved for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence. The department has allocated SOR funds to each Region in the State to contract for behavioral health services through regional systems of care or Managing Entities.

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Florida’s State Opioid Response Project Contact

Juliet Gerstenfeld
Project Director
Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Florida Department of Children and Families
2415 North Monroe Street, Suite 400
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4190
Office: 850-717-4076
Juliet.Gerstenfeld@myFLfamilies.com

Alex Parodi, MSD
Lead Epidemiologist
Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Florida Department of Children and Families
2415 North Monroe Street, Suite 400
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4190
Office: 850-717-4401
Alexander.Parodi@myflfamilies.com