MAPC | Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition (MMC) convened a forum in May 2017 to address the opioid crisis that shared municipal and regional best practices for intervention and response. Attendees at the forum identified key policy and project recommendations, which were developed further through subsequent interviews with key municipal public health officials.
Four policy and project areas were identified:
Our work to date has focused on reimbursement and funding reform; improved communication and information sharing; connecting people to needed services; and recovery coach definition and certification reform.
Community Response Efforts
Upcoming Work and Events
MAPC continues to work on each identified issue area related to the opioid epidemic. In particular, MAPC has engaged the Harvard CyberLaw Clinic to assist with the development of an information sharing toolkit to allow communities to successfully navigate state and federal privacy laws. This toolkit was shared with municipal leads and health care center representatives at the Information Sharing Forum, hosted on June 6th.
Building off of successful examples of community based response efforts, MAPC intends to host another forum on connecting people to services in the Fall of 2018. This meeting will provide municipalities with a tool and resource to expand service delivery and better connect individuals to short term and long term treatment options.