The New Mexico Community Health Worker (CHW) and Peer Support Worker (PSW) Opioid Training teleECHO program supports CHWs and PSWs in the State of New Mexico as they work with clients with chronic pain or using opioids. With one New Mexican dying every 18 hours of an opioid overdose, CHWs and PSWs are uniquely poised to help clients understand and overcome Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and it’s deadly ramifications. CHWs and PSWs are taught how to define OUD, and work with clients who have OUD. They come away from this program with a greater understanding of harm reduction techniques, such as when and how to reverse overdoses, various treatment options for chronic pain and OUD, and how best to support clients as they move through the stages of behavior change.
This program is funded by the State Opioid Response grant from the New Mexico Human Services Department and the UNM Psychiatry Services Department. The team leading this program includes a Licensed Behavioral Health Counselor who works in the field of pain management and opioid use, and a Certified Peer Support Worker who has knowledge of the job scope and role and lived experience with opioid use disorder.
The New Mexico Community Health Worker and Peer Support Worker Opioid Training teleECHO program is a 12-session cohort-based program. The initial cohort began in September 2019, with a second cohort anticipated to begin in spring 2020. Up to 25 CHWs and PSWs are enrolled in each cohort, and present cases to the group based on their clients who experience chronic pain and/or OUD.
All New Mexico Frontline Health Workers that have at least one client who is using opioids. Supervisor permission is required to ensure ongoing commitment to the 12-week curriculum.