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 STOP application is now closed. Please check back in June 2019 for the next cycle.

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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:

  • Address the barrier of stigma associated with opioid use disorder (OUD)
  • Support research in evidence based and emerging approaches in prevention services, care coordination and treatment
  • Prioritize warm handoff overdose survivor programs in the emergency room setting
  • Award grant funding to effective community-based programs
    • Prevention and Education for youth and families
    • Improving resources for caregivers and families
  • Partner with nonprofit and academic stakeholders to identify gaps in preventative and treatment services
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STOP eligibility criteria

Eligible organizations can receive funding only once per calendar year and must meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver addiction prevention or education programs; or
  • Be a community-based treatment program
  • Organizations must satisfy the Independence Blue Cross Foundation's general eligibility guidelines
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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
  • Eluna
  • Esperanza Health Center
  • Medical Toxicology Foundation
  • Pathways to Housing
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.

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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.

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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. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation initiated a study to understand utilization, design, and effectiveness of these programs in our region. Even among warm handoff hospitals, there is variation in process and success rates. After reviewing practices at five Bucks County hospitals, we’ve realized the need for:

  1. Increased access to Certified Recovery Specialists
  2. More training for emergency room staff to improve care coordination and reduce stigma
  3. Use of Electronic Health record systems to make access to treatment more efficient
  4. Promoting, through government grants, the conversion and co-location of treatment facilities onsite at hospitals where possible
  5. Empowering Emergency Medical Services personnel in facilitating the treatment process