The Planning Process
The Hawaii team recognized that the abundance of information and best practices for addressing the opioid crisis available from multiple national sources provided both an opportunity and a challenge. A framework for a coordinated systems approach was developed that allowed a policy steering committee and an operational working group to coordinate multiple, overlapping resources and efforts, as well as collect and refine data needed to move the process through five distinct phases.
MOBILIZATION AND COORDINATION OF KEY DECISION MAKERS INTO A COLLABORATIVE FRAMEWORK.
The coordination framework allowed for a significant number of key representatives to gather, align, and coordinate efforts to address as many common needs as possible.
REVIEW OF KEY RECOMMENDATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION, ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS, US HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AMONG OTHERS.
Recommendations were reviewed for applicability to the needs of Hawaii.
IDENTIFICATION OF SEVEN KEY FOCUS AREAS AND THREE THEMES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATEWIDE OPIOID STRATEGIC PLAN AND FORMATION OF LINKED WORKGROUPS.
This phase was key in that it connected the many segments of the system into a focused, unified effort and aligned the individual workgroups tasked with development of action items and the overall policy framework.
As noted elsewhere, the Plan is intended to be a "living document," and although the initiative is currently in the implementation phase, it's expected that adjustments and additions will occur as implementation continues.
DEVELOPMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND ACTION ITEMS WITHIN EACH FOCUS AREA.
Initially developed by the workgroups, action items for each of the seven focus areas were synthesized into the final, comprehensive plan. This resulted in a framework that reduced silo activity and increased efficient use of resources.