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Strategy 5

Enhance assessment and referral to

substance abuse treatment.


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Wellness & Recovery

Dependence on prescription drugs generally happens over time. It is rare that someone wakes up one morning suddenly dependent on their medication. May people unintentionally find themselves not able to control their prescription drug use. This is a very dangerous situation that requires professional help and treatment. As more work is being done to limit access to potentially-dangerous medicines, it is essential that we reduce the stigma surrounding addiction. The good news is that now, more than ever, there is help and there is hope to restore the lives of those addicted to and dependent on prescription drugs. 

There are many actions within Strategy 5 that community groups such as coalitions can take that play a major role in combating the prescription drug misuse and abuse epidemic. Here are two tips to keep in mind while implementing and planning activities around this strategy:

  1. Awareness: Utilize your healthcare community champion to assist you with raising awareness about substance abuse screening tools that can help identify a patient that may need professional substance abuse treatment. The toolkit offers information for providers about Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain (SOAPP) and the Opioid Risk Tool (ORT). Also, educate healthcare providers on the substance abuse treatment provider located at
  2. Action: Provide healthcare providers, treatment providers with signs of prescription drug addiction in youth and adults. Share with them the decision tree on how to access behavioral health services in Arizona. Let healthcare providers know that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an option for those struggling with opioid addiction. 
Strategy 5 Materials

To begin implementing this strategy, simply select files that you are interested in implementing and click the Download button. If you or your community group would like additional guidance in using this or any of the strategies, complete the request a training form below.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the risks of taking opioids for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant?

Substance use during pregnancy is a complex public health problem often resulting in multiple consequences for a woman and her newborn. In the toolkit, you will find NAS guidelines and CME information that can be shared with healthcare providers. There is also a NAS healthy baby flyer that can be used to inform women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. Monitoring by a qualified healthcare provider is critical in these situations. Women should be encouraged to seek treatment as soon as possible.

If my focus is on prevention, why should I get involved in helping people find treatment?

As we work together to prevent the onset of unsafe use, laws are being created, policies changing, prescribing practices adapting, and yet we continue to see misuse and abuse of prescription medications. Individuals may find that obtaining their medications is more difficult, that their problematic use is a cause for concern, or they may simply recognize themselves in the descriptions of problematic use or abuse of medications. We can see this as a successful outcome of prevention efforts, as well as a problem that those engaged in prevention efforts must share the responsibility of addressing. Information on accessing treatment should accompany every effort to educate the public on the dangers of prescription misuse and abuse.

What are some additional resources for obtaining substance abuse treatment for uninsured or underinsured?

There are treatment funds available in the state of Arizona through the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG).  Funds are distributed through Arizona’s regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) and tribal regional behavioral health authorities (TRBHAs).

 Members who are uninsured or underinsured in the following populations can be served (in order of priority):

    • Pregnant women/teenagers who use drugs by injection;
    • Pregnant women/teenagers who use substances;
    • Other members who use drugs by injection;
    • Substance using women/teenagers with dependent children and their families, including women who are attempting to regain custody of their children; and
    • As Funding is Available - all other members with a SUD, regardless of gender or route of use.

Accessing SABG treatment funds will be dependent upon where the person in need of substance abuse treatment resides in Arizona.  The various RBHAs or TRBHAs in Arizona will each have a different procedure for administering these funds.  

To find out which RBHA or TRBHA you fall under, go to

 To access SABG dollars for those who meet SABG funding criteria for substance abuse treatment (above):

 For Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC) call 1-800-495-2076 and ask for help locating a treatment provider with an opening that will accept SABG funds.  They can also help you to determine treatment eligibility. 

For Cenpatico Behavioral Health go to for a list of treatment providers that accept SABG funds or call 1-866-495-2076 for further assistance.

For Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC), call 1-800-640-2123 for assistance locating a provider.  The provider will determine eligibility for SABG funds.  

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