Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP)
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba collaborated with MHSAL in the fall of 2017 to apply for a Federal Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) grant to fund a joint effort that would increase the availability and delivery of opioid agonist therapy (OAT) services throughout the Province of Manitoba. The College has been notified that it has been approved to receive funding of just over $1 million over 4.5 years to increase the availability and delivery of opioid agonist therapy services throughout the province.
In urban areas many opioid agonist therapy programs have wait lists and in vast parts of rural and remote Manitoba, patients with opioid use disorder have NO treatment access. With this funding the opioid agonist therapy workshops will be offered in rural and remote parts of Manitoba, while also continuing the Winnipeg offerings. A total of 30 workshops will be delivered over the course of the 4.5 years.
The College is also planning to use this funding to update the Methadone and Buprenorphine/Naloxone Recommended Practice Guidebooks.
Additionally, this funding will allow the CPSM to complete audits of new opioid agonist therapy prescribers in a timely manner moving forward.