OFA Webinar: Opioid Use Disorder, Treatment, and Barriers to Employment Among TANF Recipients
The Office of Family Assistance hosted a webinar Opioid Use Disorder, Treatment, and Barriers to Employment Among TANF Recipients on March 29, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Opioid use disorder in the United States has skyrocketed since 2010, yet little contemporary research has been conducted on this surge’s effects on the TANF population. Existing research about the opioid crisis primarily focuses on its impact on the general population, while TANF-centered studies almost exclusively examine general substance use. Moreover, opioid and substance use disorders have been shown to be significant barriers to employment for low-income individuals. Such an information gap makes it difficult to properly address TANF recipients’ needs for effective opioid use treatment. This interactive webinar explored how opioid use disorder affects TANF recipients and TANF-eligible individuals, as well as emerging strategies for assessing and treating these populations. Through this webinar, the audience:
- Examined the prevalence of opioid use disorder among TANF recipients and the TANF-eligible population, as well as the barriers to employment it creates
- Learned about two promising programs connecting TANF-eligible individuals to opioid use disorder screening, assessment, and treatment services
- Reflected how state, local, and community-based opioid use disorder treatment organizations can address TANF recipients’ distinct needs.
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