Opioid State Targeted Response - Technical Assistance: Story, Mission, and Goal

The State Targeted Response(STR) Technical Assistance (TA) Consortium was created to support your efforts in addressing opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. This project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will help is here to provide local expertise in your communities to help address the opioid public health epidemic. The STR-TA team stands ready to assist you.

Overall mission: to provide training and technical assistance to enhance prevention, treatment, (especially medications to treatment opioid use disorders like buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone), and recovery efforts across the country...

The goal: of STR-TA is to be responsive to meet local needs providing training and TA on evidence-based practices in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid use disorders through experienced local prescribers and clinicians. This effort has been designed as a locally tailored and locally driven approach to TA delivery. Read more about TA

Who is on the STR-TS Team?
The STR-TA Consortium utilizes experienced prescribers and clinicians in prevention, treatment, and recovery who are collaborating to facilitate access to evidence-based resources. Each state/territory will have a designated team led by a regional Technology Transfer Sepcialist (TTS) who will coordinate an expert in the implementation of evidence-based practices.
Additional expert consultants are also available to meet the requester's specific needs when needed.

Meet your Arizona STR-TA Team

Who Can Submit Request for TA?

Anyone can request TA! Submit your TA request today at www.getSTR-TA.org!
The TTS will get back to you within one business day.


If you have any questions, you can contact Arizona's designated technology transfer specialist:
Benjamin Nguyen, MSW, ASW at BenjaminNguyen@mednet.ucla.edu or (310) 267-5363

What is TA? Technical Assistance and TA Requests

What does the free technical assistance (TA) look like?

Technical assistance can take a shape in a variety of different forms. Here are some *examples:

  • Build a coalition
  • Conduct educational meetings
  • Conduct local consensus discussions/stakeholder engagement/strategic planning
  • Conduct needs assessment
  • Develop and facilitate a formal implementation plan
  • Distribute educational materials/resources
  • Provide a training (build specific skills)
  • Map local resources (identify champions, community leaders, waivered providers, treatment programs, etc.)
  • Organize clinician implementation team meetings
  • Program marketing
  • Provide ongoing consultation (mentoring or clinical coaching sessions)

*TA is not limited to these. Please submit a request so we can figure out how to help!

What can be requested?

Any type of project, topic, or issue along the continuum of care for the opioid epidemic can be requested and evaluated. Here are a few examples of areas we can provide support with or more information about:


  • Evidence-Based Prevention Programs (Life Skills, Strengthening Families)
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing/Drug Misuse
  • Media/Public Awareness Campaign
  • SBIRT: General Adolescent ED
  • Naloxone Training/Distribution
  • Adolescent/Young Adult Prevention
  • Program Implementation
  • Coalition Development
  • School/Educational Programs
  • Drug Take-Back/Disposal


  • MAT Training
  • Psychosocial Interventions (CBT, MI, Clinical Supervision)
  • Pharmacotherapy: Buprenorphine, Methadone, Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine Waiver Trainings
  • Collaborative/Integrated Care models
  • Telepsychiatry/Telehealth
  • Buprenorphine Induction in ED
  • Pain Management


  • Medication-Assisted Recovery
  • Peer Support/Recovery Coach Models
  • Integration of Peers/Peer Supervision
  • Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care
  • Recovery Coalition/Community Building
  • Recovery Housing
  • Peer Workforce Development
  • Youth/Young Adult Recovery
  • Implementation TA/Systems Change
  • Clinician/Public Health Advocacy


Who Can Submit a Request for TA?


Eligibility: Elibility and Timeline

Where Can I Apply for TA?
Anythime between 02/01/2018 - 01/31/2019
February 1, 2018: SAMHSA awarded the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) working with ATTC and a coalition of 22 national healthcare organizations a two-year grant to provide technical assistance to all U.S. States and Territories to address the opioid epidemic.

Where Do I Apply for TA?
Submit your request online at www.getSTR-TA.org today!
Those seeking technical assistance should submit a request form via the websiite www.getSTR-TA.org. The TTS will get back to you within one business day.


Arizona STR-TA Team: Arizona's Designated Specialists

Vicky Solomon | Prevention Specialist
Ralph Luciani, MD | Clinical Treatment Specialist
Dona Dmitrovic, MS | Recovery Support Specialist
Benjamin Nguyen, MSW, ASW, CPH | Technology Transfer Specialist