The Grand Columbia Opioid Response Consortium (GCORC) is a three-year, grant-funded project to improve substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery in the Grant, Lincoln and Adams county region of Washington State. This work is coordinated by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and is a project of the Grand Columbia Health Alliance (GCHA) hospitals along with state and community partners.
Hospital SUD Tools and Resources
- SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)
- SUD Education for Healthcare Workers
- Local Recovery Resources
- Harm Reduction
- Stigma Reduction
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)
General SBIRT Tools
- Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) | Technology Transfer Centers (attcnetwork.org): The Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center maintains a list of SBIRT training and resources that can be helpful when working on SBIRT implementation.
Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)
- Blueprint for Hospital Opioid Use Disorder Treatment – CA Bridge: This document provides a blueprint for implementation and can help hospitals identify solutions to challenges faced by implementing MOUD in the hospital environment.
- Cost Savings for Emergency Department Treatment of Substance Use Disorder – CA Bridge: This article provides research on the cost savings of implementing SUD care options in the ED and can be a useful resource when gathering information for securing additional funding.
- Clinical Training & Technical Assistance – CA Bridge: CA Bridge offers clinical training and technical assistance for any hospital from any state in the US that is interested in starting an addiction treatment program.
- DEA X-waiver health advisor: At the end of 2022 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) eliminated the requirement for providers to have a DATA 2000 (X) waiver to prescribe buprenorphine containing medication products for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
SUD Education for Healthcare Workers
- Training Videos – Learn About Treatment: The UW Alcohol and Drug Addiction Institute (ADAI) maintains a list of training videos for healthcare professionals on a wide range of topics, including medications for opioid use disorder, mental health and substance use, and enhancing clinical skills related to engaging with patients with SUD.
- CA Bridge: Quick Reference for Nurses: Signs and symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal, brief treatment descriptions and considerations, essential nursing tips and discharge planning.
Local Recovery Resources
- Hiring a Navigator – CA Bridge: Discussing the importance of hiring a peer navigator or similar in the hospital. Mostly serving CA, but additional resources can be found within
- NCW Recovery Navigator Program – ADVANCENW.ORG: The Recovery Navigator Program (RNP) focuses on outreach and case management services for people with substance use disorders in need of a connection with peers who can provide hope for a better life because they have “been there, done that.” We can meet you where you’re at! Serving Okanagan and Grant Counties.
- Recovery Coach Network – North Central Accountable Community of Health (ncach.org): NCACH provides training and Recovery Coach services to the North Central WA region.
Rural Support Services
- STAR Hub in Grand Coulee helps connect people to resources – The Star: The STAR Hub is a division of Rural Resources Community Action, a non-profit based out of Colville, and they specialize in connecting people to organizations that may be able to help.
- Never Use Alone Inc. – 800-484-3731: Meeting people where they are, on the other end of the line, one human connection at a time. No judgment. No stigma. Just love!
- Distributing opioid overdose reversal medications (2SSB 5195) | Washington State Health Care Authority: The Washington HCA maintains a robust toolkit for EDs, including sample policies, sample staff training, documentation tips, and access to the required education in multiple languages.
Training and System Change
- People First: A Team Approach to Stigma Reduction – CA Bridge: In this resource, CA Bridge outlines the components necessary for leading a successful stigma reduction training and includes multiple helpful resources.
- Addiction Neuroscience 101 (video: 23:29min)
- A Caring Culture in Healthcare – CA Bridge: This two-page handout from CA Bridge outlines necessary components to increase access to care and remove barriers by addressing stigma and the long-term impact of moral injury in healthcare workers.
- What is Trauma-Informed Care? – Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center (chcs.org): Trauma-Informed Care is an important part of reducing stigma because it helps create individual and system change. The TIC Implementation Resource Center maintains a list of programs who have successfully implemented these strategies as well as educational tools and research.
This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number GA145991, the Rural Communities Opioid Response‐Implementation totaling $1,000,000 with 25% percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.