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Building Capacity for Opioid Use Disorder Best Practices in Article 31 Clinics

Enhance Article 31 clinic capacity to identify and treat clients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) by implementing 5 Best Practices. Best Practices include:

  1. Screen: Clinics use standardized validated OUD-specific screen for all clients (age 12 and over) at intake
  2. Provide Naloxone: Clinics provide or prescribe Naloxone to clients with OUD
  3. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Referral: Clinics support timely referral to a verified MAT provider (if clinic is not providing MAT)
  4. Waivered Prescribers: Clinics have a waivered prescriber/s for Buprenorphine
  5. MAT: Clinics prescribe Buprenorphine and XR-Naltrexone


  • Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • Columbia Center for Practice Innovations (CPI)
  • New York State Department of Health (DOH) Office of Drug User Health
  • Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
  • SAMHSA Opioid Response Network (ORN)

All Article 31 outpatient mental health clinics in New York State are participating


  • Clinics attend biannual webinars to support Best Practice implementation,
  • Complete biannual surveys to assess progress over time, and
  • Select one Best Practice to implement or improve every six months


  • Office Hours and individual meetings provided to support implementation.
  • Comprehensive resources to implement each Best Practice provided in Columbia Center for Practice Innovation’s Learning Management System (CPI-LMS) under “OMH Opioid Response.”


Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the PSYCKES Team.