Leveraging Opioid Settlements to Support Sustainable Community-Based Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Infrastructure
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the opioid and substance use disorder crisis, leading to the highest number of drug-related overdoses on record. Today’s substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system is falling short, with services being delivered through fragmented providers often lacking coordination or integrated structures to promote whole-person care. Billions of opioid settlement funding is beginning to flow toward decision-makers, especially at the county and municipal level; however, there are limited resources dedicated toward providing officials with actionable tools to organize and sustain key investments over the long term. There is a unique opportunity to support community leaders to develop, scale, and support local infrastructure that is attuned to the chronic nature of addiction and fill existing gaps in care.
The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, with Third Horizon Strategies as a partner, has launched a project to support community leaders and to develop and disseminate resources and tools to guide state, county, and municipal investments of opioid settlement resources for their communities. The project will convene experts, conduct stakeholder interviews, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to develop best practices for investments in sustainable, recovery oriented infrastructure.
This two-year project (July 2022 - June 2024) is supported by The Elevance Health Foundation.
The opioid abatement needs and investment tool is an interactive data tool designed to assist local, municipal and state level leaders working to address the opioid epidemic in their communities
News and Press Releases
May 23, 2023: Press Release: New Tool Aims to Help Local Leaders Curb Opioid Crisis at Community Level
Opioid Abatement Needs and Investment Tool
With support from the Elevance Health Foundation, Duke-Margolis and Third Horizon Strategies (THS) developed the opioid abatement needs and investment tool. The opioid abatement needs and investment tool is an interactive data tool designed to assist local, municipal and state level leaders working to address the opioid epidemic in their communities. The tool, which has been developed based on feedback from opioid experts, policymakers, and settlement fund advocates, provides geographic-specific information of the potential need for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and recovery services by county and the locality’s capacity to meet that demand.
Click here to launch the interactive data tool.
Virtual Roundtable on Opioid Settlement Funding
Duke-Margolis hosted a virtual roundtable entitled “Investing in Sustainable Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Infrastructure in the Transition to Value-Based Payment” held on February 24th, 2023 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM ET. During this roundtable discussion, opioid experts, policymakers, health plans and health systems leaders, and settlement fund advocates provided feedback on the opioid abatement needs and investment tool, identified strategic priorities of settlement dollars relative to existing financing mechanisms, and explored opportunities to support these strategic priorities through value-based payment models.
Duke-Margolis will soon release a playbook to support state and local officials’ efforts to strategically invest and use opioid settlement funds to establish a sustainable substance use disorder treatment and recovery infrastructure through value-based payments. This playbook will provide practical recommendations and highlight best practices to address community needs identified using the Opioid Abatement Needs and Investment Tool. More to come soon!
Duke-Margolis will develop a measurement toolkit to support state and local officials’ efforts to measure progress on patient outcomes and community-level substance-use disorder infrastructure, providing decision-makers and healthcare stakeholders with specific metrics for evaluating the impact of opioid settlement dollars have on their communities. More to come soon!
Duke-Margolis Project Team
Assistant Research Director
Policy Research Assistant
Senior Policy Analyst
Senior Research Director, Health Care Transformation
Adjunct Associate Professor
Senior Team Member
Margolis Core Faculty
Third Horizon Strategies Project Team:
SUD/Opioid Subject Matter Expertise
Greg Williams, President
Tym Rourke, Senior Director
Ashley DeGarmo, Vice President of Client Services
Moses Gur, Manager
Data Design and Analytics
Alex Hryhorczuk, Director of Data Services and Analytics
Chris Hart, Chief Data Analytics Officer
For more about Third Horizon Strategies please visit their website.