The Rural Health and Substance Use Clinical Support (RHeSUS) Program offers educational programming including DATA Waiver Training, Substance Use Disorder Management Boot Camps, RHeSUS ECHO Lunch and Learn tele-education Series, Addiction Consultation Provider Hotline, RHeSUS Office Hours, educational webinars, and more, targeting health care providers and their teams in the project’s rural catchment area.
Substance use and related harms in the U.S. and in Wisconsin have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most (70%) rural Wisconsin counties lack an opioid treatment program, or a provider licensed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid addiction. Additionally, the number of people served by AODA treatment services in Wisconsin has declined dramatically, even though substance use and impacts have been increasing, by 75% since the first quarter of 2019, likely due to COVID related impact on services.
Program Goals include:
Funding for RHeSUS was provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).
- Increase the number of health care providers who actively prescribe evidence-based pharmacotherapies for use disorders
- Improve access to evidence-based medical care and peer recovery support for rural residents struggling with addiction
- Decrease opioid overdose rates