IntNSA, PCSS Webinar, MOUD Expansion Project Lessons Learned in Colorado, Aug 19, 12noon Eastern

IntNSA announces the following webinar:

Senate Bill (19)-001 MOUD Expansion Project Lessons Learned:
Improving MOUD Delivery and Reducing Disparities in Rural Colorado


  • Thursday, August 19
    12pm – 1pm ET
    (Duration: 1 hour)



  • Rural counties are disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic across America, having limited services. Positive results from a 2017 pilot project to expand MOUD services into rural areas led to coordination of service expansion across rural Colorado through funding from Senate Bill (19)-001.  This presentation will focus on lessons learned from both the pilot and expansion efforts from 2017-2021 including techniques used to pinpoint common themes among rural sites and subsequent development of novel interventions, technologies, and strategies for improving MOUD services for clients.  The collective impact model utilized by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and the role of the University Of Colorado College Of Nursing in influencing change in frontier communities will be discussed


  1. Review Colorado’s Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion program, University of Colorado College of Nursing involvement and the foundational work of the Consortium’s Treatment Work Group, policy efforts, and partnerships.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of clinical support, resources, and innovative practices.
  3. Review rural/frontier challenges and reducing disparities: broadband, transportation, access, and stigma.
  4. Outline emergent themes in improving health care delivery of MOUD in rural areas.
  5. Highlight Innovative efforts: Low barrier approaches, medication first, contingency management, recovery-oriented models of care, peer support, co-occurring and poly-substance treatment.


This presentation was developed for substance use disorder project directors, managers, and facilitators. This presentation will be especially inforMOUDive for organizations that were awarded federal or state grants for substance use disorder programming and are running community consortiums. This presentation is also appropriate for providers and/or providers-in-training from diverse healthcare professions including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.



Aimee Techau, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
University of Colorado College of Nursing

Aimee Techau is a psychiatric and addictions nurse practitioner with over ten years of leadership experience. Her background in nursing includes public health, mental health, and addictions nursing. She possesses broad knowledge in treating individuals with substance use disorders and those with multifaceted mental health diagnoses in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has special training and certification in therapy strategies for trauma, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. Aimee is currently a senior instructor at the University of Colorado in the College of Nursing teaching both undergraduate and graduate mental health nursing and id the Assistant Medical Director at AllHealth Network. Her clinical and research expertise includes creating and implementing new evidence-based guidelines to low-barrier approaches for mental health and substance use treatment in integrated care settings to reduce stigma and improve access to care. She is also a grant recipient from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to educate nurses on opioid use disorders and medication-assisted treatment. To date, she has trained over 3,000 nurses nationwide as a part of her grant. Aimee’s long-term research interests include using a transdiagnostic approach to better explain common causal mechanisms and risk factors for SUD-PTSD and developing treatment and prevention strategies based on those findings.

Jennifer Place, MA, LPC, LAC
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Jennifer Place is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor currently serving as a Program Manager for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where she supports the work of the Colorado MOUD Expansion Program as well as the Treatment, Recovery, and Affected Families & Friends Work Groups. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Colorado Denver, in the Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education program for masters-level students. For over 15 years, Jennifer has worked in an array of substance-related clinical settings including private practice and outpatient
treatment, employee assistance, clinical evaluation, prevention specialist and recovery services development.


  • This course has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP16785, for a maximum of 1.00 Nursing Contact Hour. The licensee must retain this document for a period of four (4) years after the course concludes.


This webinar will be recorded and made available at the IntNSA Virtual Classroom.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference MOUDerials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



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