The Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition is a learning and action network of professionals, institutions, county agencies, and community members working together to reduce opioid use and opioid related deaths in California’s Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

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Mission & Values

The Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition (IEOCC) creates effective community collaborations between member organizations and individuals who need help with pain management and opioid use disorders. The coalition employs the values and techniques of harm reduction and integrated care.

 

Vision

To reduce opioid use and opioid related deaths in the Inland Empire.

 
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We make a difference

"All members of IEOCC share one goal: reducing the negative impact of the opioid crisis in the region by using a multi-pronged approach. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is improving access to effective treatment including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). IEOCC has provided us with important resources and facilitated collaboration with other stakeholders in the region which have proven to be invaluable to our efforts."

— Carol Lee, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine; Vice Chair, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director

 

Community Action  

Some of the IEOCC’s activities and resources:

  • Four workgroups for coalition members to collaborate. LINK: WORKGROUPS page

  • Free town hall-style meetings for providers and other professionals on prescribing guidelines, substance use disorder treatment options, and other resources and best practices

  • A speakers bureau of local leaders and experts in opioids, substance abuse treatment and other crisis-related topics

  • Monthly newsletter of progress reports on local efforts and resources  LINK: Sign up here.

  • A referral network among IEOCC-member organizations, to connect both health care professionals and their patients and clients, between hospitals and emergency departments to MAT and other care in the community.

 

IEOCC will ensure the following changes happen in their communities:

  • Education for medical providers and community members on the risks of opioids, and options for opioid use disorder treatment and for pain management

  • Safer prescribing practices for opioid medications, with an overall decrease in the level of opioid prescriptions

  • Increased use of medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT), as part of a comprehensive system of integrated behavioral health care

  • Increased availability and use of the overdose reversal drug naloxone

  • Measurement and monitoring of progress toward these goals

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We take action

“The Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition came together to take action. I’m so proud to work with this dedicated group of medical professionals and community members who have volunteered to help reduce the stigma associated with opioid dependence and advocate for safe prescribing practices.”

- Tony Godlewski, PharmD, Kaiser Permanente Area Pharmacy Director, San Bernardino County


Leadership

Executive Sponsor: Karen Hansberger, MD, IEHP

Program Manager: Joshua Crouch, IEHP

IEOCC Steering Committee = Workgroup Leads, listed below

Workgroups

  • Access to Treatment

    • Carol Lee, MD, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

    • Michael Neeki, DO, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

    • Louis Tran, MD, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

  • Safe Prescribing

    • Tony Godlewski, PharmD, Kaiser Permanente

    • Edward Pillar, MD, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

  • Prevention and Public Agencies

    • Cameron Kaiser, MD, Riverside County

    • Maxwell Ohikhuare, MD, San Bernardino County

  • Education and Engagement

    • Veronica Kelley, LCSW, San Bernardino County

    • Hobart Lee, MD, Loma Linda University

    • Michael Sequeira, MD, Vituity Medical Group

 

Member Organizations

Acadia Health, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Community Health Association Inland Southern Region, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Eisenhower Health, Hospital Association of Southern California, Inland Empire Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente, Loma Linda University Health System, Molina Healthcare, Morongo Health District, Manifest MedEx, Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside University Health System (RUHS), RUHS – Behavioral Health, RUHS – Public Health, San Bernardino Medical Society, San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Riverside Medical Society, Tri-County Dental Association, Vituity/CEP America, and more local providers.

The IEOCC is funded through the generous support of the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).

Member of the COSN

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The IEOCC participates in the California Opioid Safety Network (COSN) and the COSN Accelerator program. To learn more about COSN click here.