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SAMHSA seeks development of recovery-focused apps in opioid treatment

March 7, 2016
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a challenge to spur creation of a mobile application that would provide recovery support for individuals being treated for opioid misuse. The first-prize awardee in the SAMHSA-sponsored contest will receive an opportunity to discuss the app with treatment professionals attending this fall's American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference in Baltimore, to be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

The app may be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and social support. SAMHSA is seeking to assist individuals in recovery in accessing a variety of resources and educational information through technology.

SAMHSA is awarding more than $30,000 in prizes in the contest. It has created a webpage describing details of how to participate in the challenge as an individual or team. The submission period has begun and extends to May 27.