The Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s STOP initiative increases awareness and access to effective community-based opioid treatment and prevention.
The 2019 Cycle II STOP application is closed. Check back in January 2020 for information on the next funding cycle.
The STOP initiative will expand outcome- and evidence-based programs and community resources, identify the barriers to treatment and prevention, and disseminate effective community-based strategies and education around this public health epidemic.
STOP aims to address the opioid epidemic through the following activities:
Eligible organizations can receive funding only once per calendar year and must meet the following criteria:
Drug take-back programs are a secure and convenient way to dispose of medication and will help prevent abuse and reduce access. If you have unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, you can visit over 100 locations to safely dispose of these medications. You can be a part of the solution to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
In response to a Pennsylvania mandate to help ensure overdose survivors receive immediate referrals to addiction treatment, all 67 counties in PA are working to facilitate these referrals right in the emergency room, an approach called emergency room-based warm-handoff. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation initiated a study to understand utilization, design, and effectiveness of these programs in our region. Even among warm handoff hospitals, there is variation in process and success rates. After reviewing practices at five Bucks County hospitals, we’ve realized the need for: