Video: UW and AIMS Center researchers receive grant to study co-occurring mental health and opiate addiction

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September 2019

AIMS Co-Director Dr. Anna Ratzliff is quoted on the importance of treating opioid use disorder and mental health issues concurrently. 

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science's Population Health Division and the AIMS Center received funding as part of a massive initiative by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address opioid addiction. Around 2.1 million Americans aged 12 years and older had an opioid use disorder (OUD) in 2016. Among adults who misused opioids in the prior year, 43% also had a mental illness. There is strong evidence for the efficacy of the collaborative care model (CoCM) in treating common mental health disorders, but not for the treatment of OUD. The CHAMP study (Collaborating to Heal Opioid Addiction and Mental Health in Primary Care) will investigate whether CoCM that addresses both mental health conditions and co-occurring OUD can improve patient lives. 

UW Medicine receives $19 million to study opioid addiction