Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP)

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s STOP initiative increases awareness and access to effective community-based opioid treatment and prevention.

The 2018 Addressing Health Priorities application process process is now closed. Please check back in 2019.

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Addressing the opioid epidemic

The STOP initiative will expand outcome- and evidence-based programs and community resources, identify the barriers to treatment and prevention, and disseminate effective community-based strategies and education around this public health epidemic.

STOP aims to address the opioid epidemic through the following activities:

  • Promote the utilization of prescription drug take-back sites in southeastern Pennsylvania to directly decrease access to prescription opioids across the five-county region
  • Support research in evidence based and emerging approaches in care coordination and treatment
  • Increase services and access to training for Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Award grant funding to effective community based treatment and prevention programs in southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Partner with nonprofit and academic stakeholders to identify gaps in preventative and treatment services.
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STOP eligibility guidelines

Eligible organizations can submit requests once per calendar year and must meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver addiction prevention or education programs; or
  • Are a community-based treatment program

Evaluation criteria*

In general, we will consider funding requests up to $50,000 for a period of one year. Grant requests will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Organizations must:

  • Demonstrate an evidence or outcomes based model
  • Improve delivery or coordination of care
  • Provide access to prevention education and/or community supports
  • Demonstrate sustainable funding, innovation and collaborative partnerships

*Evaluation of the criteria will be at the sole discretion of the IBC Foundation.

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Addressing Health Priorities STOP 2018 grant recipients

  • Coatesville Youth Initiative
  • Community Volunteers in Medicine
  • CORA Services, Inc.
  • One Day at a Time, Inc.
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation
  • Thomas Jefferson University
Someone You Know is Overcoming Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction affects each one of us. Through Someone You Know, we’re working to inspire hope and recovery.

Meet Marissa

Prescription drug take-back sites

Drug take-back programs are a secure and convenient way to dispose of medication and will help prevent abuse and reduce access. If you have unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, you can visit over 100 locations to safely dispose of these medications. You can be a part of the solution to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Drug Take Back Sites

Emergency Department Warm Handoff Programs

In response to a Pennsylvania mandate to help ensure overdose survivors receive immediate referrals to addiction treatment, all 67 counties in PA are working to facilitate these referrals right in the emergency room, an approach called emergency room-based warm-handoff. Below, is a map of each county’s progress to-date.

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the Bucks-County Connect-Assess-Refer-Engage-Support (B-CARES) Program is a county-wide collaborative partnership and care-coordination model that enables emergency room physicians to connect an overdose survivor with a certified recovery specialist who can match an individual with treatment options at a point when s/he is likely most receptive. To determine the effectiveness of the B-CARES Program and to bolster warm-handoff programs in surrounding counties, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is funding research that will result in recommendations for best practices and a replicable, scalable model for the region and nation.

Warm Handoff Programs