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Nevada, Reno: Member Earns $1.4 Million Grant to Study Mobile Recovery Outreach Teams (MROTs)

University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) associate professor, Dr. Karla Wagner and her research team were recently awarded a 3-year, $1.4 million grant to study the effectiveness of Mobile Recovery Outreach Teams (MROTs) operating in Nevada’s emergency departments.

The MROTs are part of Nevada’s SAMHSA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant, and are designed to link opioid overdose survivors and/or patients presenting with primary or secondary opioid use disorder to recovery, treatment resources, and provide education and naloxone take-home kits. This 3-year study is the continuation of an initial 1-year project, which examined the feasibility and acceptability of the MROTs. In addition to evaluating the outcomes of the program, the research will use an implementation science approach to understanding the barriers and facilitators of the statewide rollout of the program. The research is being supported by Arnold Ventures. Research team members include: Dr. Roy Oman, Dr. Minggen Lu, Ms. Krysti Smith, Mr. Robert Harding, Ms. Ashley Dawkins, Ms. Nancy Roget, Ms. Michelle Berry, Dr. Katherine Hepworth, Dr. Stephanie Woodard at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, as well as the mobile outreach teams.

The team also published the first manuscript reporting findings from interviews with Emergency Department personnel on the feasibility and acceptability of the MROT program:

Wagner, K. D., Oman, R. F., Smith, K. P., Harding, R. W., Dawkins, A. D., Lu, M., Woodard, S., Berry, M.N., Roget, N. A. “Another tool for the tool box? I’ll take it!”: Feasibility and acceptability of mobile recovery outreach teams (MROT) for opioid overdose patients in the emergency room.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2019.04.011

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