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Addressing Disparities in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Among Individuals Experiencing Housing Instability and Other Marginalized Populations
Funding Statement

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials 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. 



Opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically over the past decade, fueled by the emergence of fentanyl and the rise in cocaine and methamphetamine-related cases. Unfortunately, rates of overdose have risen disproportionately among marginalized individuals including those experiencing housing instability as well as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Individuals experiencing housing instability are less likely to be prescribed buprenorphine and have poorer treatment engagement and outcomes than individuals of higher socioeconomic status. Recent proposed and enacted policies by SAMHSA as well as community and hospital-based interventions to address stigma and facilitate earlier treatment with medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) may lower barriers to access. In this session, we will explore disparities in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment access among marginalized and minoritized populations and consider potential interventions.


Recorded webinar.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the disparities in opioid use disorder treatment access among marginalized populations
  • Assess factors contributing to disparities in access to opioid use disorder treatment among marginalized populations
  • Develop courses of action to improve treatment access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD)

Target Audience 

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers

Instructional Level 


Estimate Time to Complete 

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: August 24, 2023 
Program End Date: August 24, 2026

How to Earn Credit 

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit 

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.  


The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Faculty and Planner Disclosures 

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity. 


  • Amy Yule, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Michael Hsu, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • Michael Hsu, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities 

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Technical Requirements 

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following: 

    • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari 
    • Internet Explorer 11+ 

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player. 

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version) 
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version) 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content 
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content 

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 08/24/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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