COVID-19 Impact on Substance Use Policies

COVID-19 Impact on Substance Use Policies aims to loosen federal regulations for addiction services delivery during COVID-19 and generate data to inform post-emergency policy-making.

2020 - 2022

Primary Study

PIs: Nabila El-Bassel (School of Social Work) and Frances Levin (Department of Psychiatry)

Co-Investigators and researchers: Brandy Henry, Aimee Campbell, Amar Mandavia, Elwin Wu, Timothy Hunt, Edward Nunes, Harold Pincus, Jennifer Humensky, Michael Chapel, Caroline Arout, and Diana Martinez

School of Social Work MSW Interns: Jessica Johnson, Jessica McKay, and Jessica Nance

New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS)

More about COVID-19 Impact on Substance Use Policies

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from the newly formed CHOSEN Center came together to initiate a study (full name: Adoption and implementation of revised federal regulations for addiction services delivery during the COVID-19 public health emergency:  Data to inform post-emergency policy-making) to understand the development, implementation, and impact of substance use policy changes on organizations, providers and consumers of substance use services.

To promote social distancing, policy changes encouraged the use of telehealth, increased dosing of medications for substance use disorders, and expanded provider scope of practice.

In partnership with OASAS, researchers from the team have applied mixed methods to conduct two waves of qualitative interviews of policymakers and providers. The Team is also conducting a survey of substance use services organizations. Results of the Study will inform future policy and clinical best practices.

Related publication: COVID-19 related substance use services policy changes: Policymaker perspectives on policy development & implementation

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