MDHHS to Provide Free Naloxone to Community Organizations and Individuals Statewide (June 29, 2020): The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched an online portal where community organizations, including substance use treatment providers, non-profits, and first responders, can request free naloxone. MDHHS will review organizations’ plans for distributing the medication that reverses opioid overdoses. If approved, 12 kits of naloxone will be sent by mail to the organization. It will then be the organization’s responsibility for distribution and training for individuals at risk of overdose on how to use naloxone.
Opioid Awareness Training for Controlled Substance License Holders (Feb. 13, 2020): The Pharmacy Controlled Substance Administrative Rules changed in 2019 to require individuals with a controlled substance license to prescribe, administer or dispense controlled substances to complete a one-time training in opioids and other controlled substances awareness that meets the standards under Rule 338.3135. The rule was put in place to help with the opioid epidemic that Michigan and the country is currently facing. Providers are required to certify that they have met the training requirement beginning with the first renewal cycle after Jan. 4, 2019, and for initial licenses beginning Sept. 1, 2019. The rules also state that a prescriber or dispenser shall not delegate or order the prescribing, dispensing or administering of a controlled substance as authorized by this act to an advanced practice registered nurse, registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse unless the nurse completes this training. Members with questions may call (517) 335-0918 or email BPLHelp@michigan.gov.
Funding for MAPS Extended (Sept. 25, 2019): The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), secured continued funding to cover the costs of MAPS integration with electronic medical records for an additional year. Hospitals have been asked via email to extend their current agreements through an addendum. It is important to note that when submitting completed addendums, organization names must match the original Terms and Conditions submission. Completed addendums can be emailed directly to Bureau of Professional Licensing or faxed to (517) 241-0172. Hospitals who have not yet integrated can still take advantage of the new funding by applying to request software integration from LARA. Read the announcement regarding the continued funding, or contact Paige Fults at the MHA for more information or for a copy of the addendum.
Michigan Opioid Law FAQ Document Updated (March 6, 2019): LARA and MDHHS released an updated version of their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide clarification regarding implementation of the Michigan opioid laws.
LARA Revises the Pharmacy – Controlled Substances Rules (Jan. 7, 2019): LARA issued changes to the Pharmacy - Controlled Substances Rules and issued an updated version of its Michigan Opioid Laws FAQs. A summary of significant changes is available in the MHA newsroom. A full set of the rules is available on LARA’s website, along with FAQs that were updated as of March 6. Questions about these revised rules can be directed to the LARA office at (517) 241-0199 or by email to BPLHELP@michigan.gov.
Information Issued on Emergency Rules for Reporting Opioid Overdoses (Oct. 26, 2018): A set of emergency rules require hospitals to report opioid overdose statistics to the MDHHS upon request. The rules are meant to inform the public health response to the substantial increase in cases of prescription and illicit drug overdoses. The MDHHS has released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to the emergency rules and the development of a permanent rule. Members with questions about the rules and/or the FAQs should contact Sarah Lyon-Callo in the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health at (517) 284-2910.