Opioid Use Disorder: A Medication First Model — Part II of III

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A three-part webinar series.

Start Time:12:00 AM
End Time:12:00 AM
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Wednesday, April 10
10 - 11 a.m.

Register on or before Tuesday, April 9, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

This complimentary webinar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals thanks to a generous contribution from the MHA Management Services Corporation.

If you are unable to participate in the live event, all registrants will be emailed a link to the webinar recording.


health care leadership and practitioners, LCSWs, LPCs, and community-based agencies serving patients with opioid use disorder

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Opioid misuse, OUD and opioid-related death rates are climbing, and our medical system is on the front lines. Effective medications to treat OUD exist and saves lives. Despite increasing evidence about the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment, many patients who would benefit from addiction treatment do not receive timely initiation. In this webinar, we will examine the efficacy of medications for OUD, evidence for prescribing these medications in a hospital setting, statewide initiatives of increasing the number of practitioners able to prescribe buprenorphine, and strategies for referring patients to community-level care.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • examine the efficacy of medications for OUD
  • discuss the evidence for prescribing medication therapy in hospital settings
  • address statewide efforts for increasing the number of practitioners willing and able to prescribe buprenorphine
  • discuss strategies for referring patients to OUD treatment
  • reinforce the importance of leveraging multi-sector support and collaboration to ensure strong patient safety nets through transition of care


Shawn Billings
Director of Substance Use Programming
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.

Shawn Billings currently serves as the director for substance use programming for the Missouri Hospital Association. Previously, Billings was employed as a treatment court administrator for the 31st and 39th Judicial Circuits for Missouri state courts. He has more than 10 years of experience managing local, state and federally funded programs to enhance and expand behavioral health treatment services for high-risk and high-need populations in both rural and urban settings. Throughout his career, he has served as adjunct faculty at Drury University teaching in the behavioral sciences and business administration departments. In addition, he also has served as an elected Alderman in Battlefield, Mo., and as a federal grant peer reviewer for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Billings has a Masters in Science in criminology and criminal justice from Drury University and holds a certification in Court Management from the National Center for State Courts.

Alison R. Williams, MBA-HCM, BSN, R.N.
Vice President of Clinical Quality Improvement
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.

Alison Williams has more than 19 years’ experience in clinical and hospital operations, with a knowledge base in multiple facets of the health care continuum, including successful facilitation and team management skills and a broad understanding of the importance of quality and safety as a key tenet of the industry. Williams leads and oversees quality and safety improvement contracts and grants, along with MHA-based improvement projects and collaboratives. She facilitates multiple health care-focused workgroups, educational offerings and action networks. Williams presents on a wide variety of health care topics and serves on multiple advisory boards and steering committees, both at the state and national level. She received a certification as a Professional in Healthcare Quality through the National Association for Healthcare Quality.