NMRE First in the State to Launch Opioid Health Home

Northern Michigan Regional Entity: First in the State to Launch Opioid Health Home

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has chosen the Northern Michigan Regional Entity to launch Opioid Health Homes in its 21-county area

Prescription drug and opioid use has reached epidemic proportions in Michigan.

To make matters worse, a person with an opioid use disorder is at a greater risk of either having or developing a mental health disorder or a chronic health condition.


In 1999, opioids and heroin accounted for 22% of Michigan’s overdose deaths. Since 2015, that figure grew to 67%.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) looked at opioid use in each county in Michigan. Of the top 25 highest-using counties in Michigan, nearly half of them fall within the NMRE’s 21-county service area. Because of that high rate of usage in our area, MDHHS  has selected the NMRE as the pilot area to launch a new program to treat those affected by the opioid crisis.


The Opioid Health Home (OHH) uses evidence-based, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and an interdisciplinary care team to target both the opioid disorder and physical health conditions.

Everyone who chooses to enroll in our Opioid Health Home program will have access to a Care Team.

This Care Team includes:

  • A Physician
  • A Nurse Care Manager
  • A Clinical Case Manager
  • A Recovery Coach or a Community Health Worker
  • An OHH Coordinator

The care team will work with additional community providers as needed to ensure care management to help a person to focus on their recovery.

To find more information about the Health Home program, please follow the link on the State of Michigan website below: