Opioid Response

We've partnered with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) on the SAMHSA-funded Arizona Opioid State-Targeted Response (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR).

The goal of STR and SOR is to increase access to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, coordinated and integrated care, and recovery support services, as well as expand prevention activities to reduce the prevalence of OUDs and opioid-related overdose deaths. CABHP has collaborated with community partners across the state to increase awareness and reduce the stigma associated with the evidence-based treatment for OUD: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).

As part of the SOR and STR initiatives, CABHP has developed provider and patient MAT pocket guides, publically available introductory MAT curricula and facilitator guides, and an opioid film series, featuring nine interviews with OUD experts from across the State of Arizona. Additionally, ASU is partnering with the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine (AzSAM) instructors to offer buprenorphine waiver trainings to address the statewide MAT provider shortage.

MAT ECHO Program

In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Honor Health, and the ASU ECHO team, CABHP is launching an MAT ECHO program targeting newly waivered buprenorphine providers across Arizona. The goal is to establish a state-wide learning collaborative to scale evidence-based education and practice in the management of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). It is specifically designed to increase the capacity of providers through the establishment of virtual, case-based learning networks. These networks are centered around a team of experts (the “hub”) who meet via video-conferencing in biweekly sessions with front-line providers (the “spokes”) from varying backgrounds and/or levels of practice.

ASU Medical Advisory Board

The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) was established by CABHP and serves as a steering committee for ASU’s State Targeted Response (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR) grants. The Medical Advisory Board consists of leaders within, and across, stakeholder organizations who serve in an advisory role for CABHP’s MAT educational and research efforts. Members include leaders from Community Medical Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, and other critical organizations.


Natasha Mendoza, MSW, PhD
Principal Investigator