The Michigan Opioid Collaborative (MOC) was created in October 2017 as a response to a lack of accessible opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment in Michigan and rising overdose death rates. After years of research, Drs. Amy Bohnert and Lewei Allison Lin identified the need for increased training and support for clinics and providers treating opioid use disorder.
MOC was designed to address these gaps in addiction treatment for both providers and patients. An interdisciplinary team of addiction physician specialists and Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) came together to support providers all throughout Michigan, provide referrals to services that address barriers to treatment engagement, and provide diverse educational trainings with the goal of increasing access to MOUD.
Our robust team of addiction physician specialists and researchers have training in public health, psychiatry, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, and hepatology with expertise in primary care, obstetrics/pregnant patients with OUD, rural medicine, pain management, professional monitoring programs, unhoused healthcare, and treatment of Hepatitis C.
Regionally located, masters-level Behavioral Health Consultants work in tandem with the physician team to triage consultations, provide support to all Michigan counties, and identify and respond to community needs in a tailored way.
Learn more about MOC’s initiatives.
MOC is available to:
Arrange patient consultations For providers who enroll in the program, MOC can deliver same-day patient consultations with our physician team. They can assist with questions and concerns related to treating patients with OUD, providing care to pregnant patients with substance use disorder (SUD), treatment of Hepatitis C, and more.
Assist with education needs MOC can assist providers with the process of receiving the DEA X-license and provide support as providers begin to prescribe medications for addiction treatment. MOC also hosts educational webinars on stigma, harm reduction, polysubstance use, chronic pain treatment, DATA 2000 Waiver Trainings, and introductory course on treating patients with buprenorphine.
Help with clinic workflow MOC offers technical assistance and educational support to clinics and providers starting to prescribe MOUD. This can include discussing the waiver process, workflow, treatment contracts, obtaining, interpreting and best practices with urine drug screenings (UDS). MOC can also disseminate information to your clinic about changing guidelines for telehealth and controlled substance prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provide evidence-based resources Our interdisciplinary team has built a large library of helpful tools and resources like clinic setup and workflow documents, toolkits for new buprenorphine providers, and peer-reviewed addiction research articles.