Leaders at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently launched a new challenge to encourage app users to develop a mobile application that will offer recovery support to people who are overcoming opioid misuse.
The new app will be for additional recovery support, specifically for people who already receive treatments for the drug misuse. Therapists can use the app as a piece of the patient’s comprehensive treatment plan, which features participation in social support programs as well as counseling.
The purpose of the challenge is to help people in outpatient recovery gain access to educational materials, resources, support and information.
SAMHSA has collaborated with experts on opioid recovery and misuse in order to guarantee that the challenge is successful. The experts and leaders recommended certain details that an app should include -- like a list outlining available evidence-based resources -- in order to be most efficient.
Judges will evaluate the proposed apps using the outlines from the opioid experts and leaders. The apps will also be assessed by their capability of disseminating information from the required resources list and their technological features.
The winning apps have the opportunity to win over $30,000, which will be divided between first, second and third-place prizes. Anyone in the general public is welcome to participate.