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USICH Publishes New Guidance that Addresses the Relationship of Opioid Crisis and Homelessness

15 February 2017
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

On February 1, 2017, the United State Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) published new guidelines that communities can implement while they are assessing, developing, and strengthening their community response system to address the needs of individuals who are suffering from opioid use disorder and experiencing homelessness.  USICH outlines key strategies that communities can address. These include:

  • Assessing the prevalence of opioid use disorders and opioid misuse among individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Developing and implementing overdose prevention and response strategies
  • Strengthening partnerships between housing and health care providers to provide tailored assistance
  • Improving Access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Removing barriers to housing

USICH also provides a list of resources communities may review, which highlights best practices and opportunities for serving those who are  experiencing homelessness and are working to overcome opioid use disorders.

Click here to read the guide.