In order for our community of practice to be successful, each activity must be properly placed in a relevant local context. The first step to contextual analysis is to conduct a needs assessment of the local resources, barriers, and services in each community. Each community conducts a detailed analysis to identify opportunities and gaps in OUD prevention, treatment (including MAT), and/or recovery workforce, services, and access to care within the target rural service area and existing federal, state, and local OUD resources that could be leveraged within the rural community.

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