State Opioid Response

Opioid Initiatives

We've partnered with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) on the Arizona State Opioid Response (SOR). 

The overarching goal of the SAMHSA-funded State Opioid Response (SOR) project is to increase access to Medication for Opioid Used Disorder (MOUD), coordinated and integrated care, opioid use disorder (OUD) recovery support services and opioid prevention activities to reduce the prevalence of OUDs and opioid-related overdose deaths.

The project approach includes developing and supporting state, regional, and local level collaborations, and service enhancements to develop and implement best practices to comprehensively address the full continuum of care related to opioid misuse, abuse and dependency. The SOR target population will, at minimum, include individuals re-entering the community from correctional settings; individuals in rural and isolated areas; individuals experiencing homelessness; tribal populations; veterans, military service members and military families; pregnant women and parents with OUD; and individuals who have experienced trauma, toxic stress or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The Arizona State University Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center has entered into a contract with AHCCCS to support the State’s SOR efforts through targeted training and technical assistance efforts.

Please take a look at our efforts on the menu to the right.

Project MATTRRs – a major focus 2022-2023

With the support of AHCCCS and SAMHSA, we launched Project MATTRRs or Medication and Treatment Technical Assistance for Recovery Residences. In partnership with National Alliance for Recovery Residences and the Arizona Recovery Housing Association, and multiple recovery home personnel, we now turn our efforts to creating the Recovery Home Academy, which will be a means to educate owners, managers and peer staff on best practices in the recovery home environment. We are completely committed to developing new ways to support healthier communities in the face of Arizona’s opioid crisis.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System


Natasha Mendoza, MSW, PhD
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