- Provide pre-admission screening and referral for opiate addicts seeking detox and case management services following post inpatient treatment;
- Work to remove obstacles to medically assisted treatment, including buprenorphine and vivitrol, and assist patients in accessing and receiving these treatments;
- Link individuals in recovery from opiate addiction to programs in the community –facilitating wrap around services and ensuring a continuum of care;
- Organize support groups for those in recovery and their families.
- Seek to educate local communities on addiction as both a medical disease and a mental health disorder and the effectiveness of treatment;
- Provide information to state and county legislators, agency administrators, judges, and others to educate them on opiate addiction and to urge them to support evidence-based treatment goals;
- Advise local, county, and state elected officials about unmet community needs regarding the continuum of care in addiction treatment;
- Disseminate evidence-based standards and best practices to Maryland treatment providers and gather data on patient outcomes and success rates;
- Disseminate information on drug addiction to local doctors and urge them to provide screening and brief intervention practices and to make appropriate recommendations for treatment when necessary;
- Work with Maryland Public Schools to implement the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) where it pertains to recovering students within their school community;
- Educate attorneys and public defenders on addiction and the effectiveness of treatment and urge them to recommend drug courts for their substance impaired clients, instead of incarceration.
- Build a coalition of concerned citizens, recovering individuals, their families, community leaders, spiritual advisors, business leaders, educators, medical practitioners, police, etc. to create a grass-roots solution to end opiate addiction within local communities;
- Work with other anti-drug coalitions within the state to strengthen the message of “treatment on demand” and to create a unified policy agenda in support of treatment;
- Focus public attention on the lack of adolescent treatment in Maryland and work to raise the priority for additional treatment facilities;
- Work with legislators, state agencies, and treatment providers to ensure that evidence-based standards and “best practices” are being implemented by all Maryland treatment providers and ensure enforcement of existing insurance parity laws.