The opioid crisis in Illinois has resulted in an increase in opioid-related emergency department and hospital visits across the state. Through a State Opioid Response (SOR) grant* from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (DHS-SUPR), FGC provides OUD screening, recovery coaching, and “warm hand-off” services to persons presenting in hospital emergency departments. FGC maintains a team of recovery coaches and counselors who are co-located in the 11 Illinois hospitals, working with each hospital’s medical team to create a continuing care plan for individuals who present in the ED with heroin or other illicit opioid use. In State Fiscal Year 2021, FGC provided hand-off services to 1,414 hospital patients. Analyses of FGC hand-off services found that 84.8% of patients with OUD began MAT. Of those who began MAT, nearly half (48.5%) were still active in treatment at 6 months.
*These services are supported by DHS-SUPR as part of the Illinois State Opioid Response grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (TI-18-015).