ORN Resources

The following ORN educational resources are available now for download. Click here to complete a one-time brief registration form (name, organization, and email). You may then download any resources on this page. In the future, you can sign in using just your email and download other resources. Please note, the ORN has many other resources available and you can submit a request or email us at orn@aaap.org for more information on what is available.


Conducting SBIRT by Telehealth-Recorded Video
In this video we’ll talk about the rationale for conducting SBIRT by telehealth, how to do it, and how to make sure you’re doing it well.


Demonstrating the Value of Recovery Housing: Expert Panel Findings Report
In January 2021, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing with funding from ORN hosted a technical expert panel (TEP) to explore ways to best demonstrate the value of recovery housing in the United States. The TEP reviewed the current landscape, identified areas for improvement and discussed potential options for improving the system. The National Council convened subject matter experts, including recovery housing leaders, researchers, treatment providers, national associations, federal agencies, Single State Agency directors, payers, and others.

The panel identified existing strengths and challenges within recovery housing and discussed the following questions to identify solutions for improving the system:

-What is missing from the current recovery housing framework, which encompasses recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC), recovery management, recovery capital and the social model?
-What strategies can be implemented to bridge the cultural divide between the social model (recovery housing) and the medical model (treatment)?
-What are the current opportunities and limitations in the funding of recovery housing?
-What is an ideal funding model for recovery housing and what needs to be in place to adequately fund recovery homes?
-What policies and systems should be implemented to create a more cohesive recovery housing ecosystem?

At the conclusion of the panel, recommendations were identified and next steps proposed to strengthen the system in an effort to build the recovery housing network and demonstrate the value of the service. This report identifies key strategies and recommendations that are informed by recovery housing research and on-the-ground experiences of those participating as part of the TEP.


Expanding SBIRT to Address Smoking, Depression, and Anxiety- Recorded Video
In this video, you’ll hear about the rationale for expanding SBIRT to address smoking, depression, and anxiety; the screening and assessment tools available for these topics; and evidence-based methods for intervention and follow-up.


Middle Schools and COVID-19: Guidance for Addressing Resilience and Substance Use Opioid Response Network (ORN)
The purpose of this guide is to provide schools with actionable suggestions to protect and strengthen student resilience by:

Increasing protective factors such as connection to school, connection to parents/caregivers,
connection to positive peers, connection to culture, connection to helpful services, involvement in activities/employment and community service, positive coping strategies and healthy lifestyle choices (including sleep, nutrition, and physical activity)

Reducing risk factors such as unmet family needs (housing, food and financial resources), social isolation, anxiety and depression, exposure to domestic violence, harsh discipline, and availability of risky substances

Educating students and families about substance use prevention through diverse channels

Connecting students and families to available resources (local and national)


Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Best Practice Checklist
This 4-page checklist includes recommendations for minimal requirements for office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) along with “enhanced practice opportunities” or “opportunities for enhancement” which offer best practices for OBOT.


Overcoming Opioid & Substance Use challenges in African American Communities
Opioid misuse, Opioid Use Disorders (OUD), and opioid-related overdoses have affected all population groups in the U.S. Strategies to address this issue need to be tailored to the diversity of the communities affected. Promoting a one-size-fits-all strategy may inhibit access to appropriate, quality prevention and treatment for culturally diverse populations. To reduce the impact of opioid misuse, OUD, and opioid-related overdoses on the African American population, it is critical to understand the contextual issues, treatment barriers, community-informed strategies that are working in these communities.

Materials include: Brochure, Brochure with Bleed Print, Brochure Individual Pages, Pass Along Card, & Pass Along Card with Bleed


Overcoming Opioid and Substance Use Challenges in Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Communities
In general, the AANHPI populations are less likely to seek professional help for behavioral health issues than all other racial groups. This is particularly heightened for Asian American men who are taught to be logical, counter-dependent, and less emotionally demonstrative, resulting in greater reluctance to seek help and less positive help-seeking behavior than Asian American women.

Materials include: Brochure, Brochure Individual Pages, Brochure with Bleed Print, Pass Along Card, & Pass Along Card with Bleed


Overcoming Opioid and Substance Use Challenges in Hispanic/Latino Communities
Since there are many subgroups and communities within the Hispanic/Latino populations with different histories and timelines of migration and colonialism, alongside distinct countries of origin and cultural values; there are many different routes to substance misuse or addictive behaviors. For many families in the U.S., substance misuse is passed on from generation to generation and opioids are not the first or only drug being used. In some cases, multigenerational households are misusing opioids and other substances together, both intentionally and unintentionally.

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Overcoming Opioid and Substance Use Challenges in Native Communities
Many issues within Native communities, including drug misuse and addiction, are deeply grounded in histories of systemic racism and centuries of oppression. Historic and ongoing challenges to treaty rights, banning and/or criminalization of traditional ceremonies and languages, forced relocation, and attempted destruction of Native families and communities are damaging forces. Native culture is also a strength that heals and protects our families and communities in the face of substance use and addiction. Native people are resilient!

Materials include: Brochure, Brochure Individual Pages, Brochure with Bleed, Pass Along Card, & Pass Along Card with Bleed


SBIRT Implementation Cost and Savings Calculator
This tool and instructional video can be used by healthcare settings to determine the costs and savings they may incur with the implementation of SBIRT.


Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
This guide reviews ways that telehealth modalities can be used to provide treatment for serious mental illness and substance use disorders among adults, distills the research into recommendations for practice, and provides examples of how these recommendations can be implemented.


The Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19: How Social Determinants of Health Create Differential Impacts: Issue Brief
This six page brief provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDH) and the intersection of SDH with both the opioid epidemic, substance use disorder more broadly and the syndemic of COVID-19. This brief also outlines a 2020 table of useful resources related to SDH, opioid use disorder, and COVID-19.


The Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19: How Social Determinants of Health Create Differential Impacts: Webinar
This 20-minute webinar provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDH) and the intersection of SDH with both the opioid epidemic, substance use disorder more broadly and the syndemic of COVID-19. There is a corresponding issue brief that reiterates the key points and provides a table of useful resources.


When your child is prescribed opioid pain relievers: What you should know/ Cuando le prescriben analgésicos opioides a su hijo: Lo que debería saber
ORN-funded Spanish language resource to support families whose children have been prescribed opioids for pain management. The free resource provides a list of questions family members should ask prescribers. Anyone can access this free resource.


Your Doctor Understands Your Addiction: create your path to recovery together with Medication for Addiction Treatment
MAT is the use of an FDA-approved medication, ideally in conjunction with a psychosocial intervention. Science has taught us that when medication treatment is combined with other supportive services such as therapy, behavioral and mental health interventions, and peer support; patients are often able to stop misusing substances, and return to productive lives. Treatment usually begins with medication for addiction treatment to help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms safely. However, MAT alone is not treatment – it is merely the first step.

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