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Spring is a reason for renewed hope. As more vaccinations roll out, I’m reminded about what life was before, and hopeful for what it might be like. COVID-19 showed us what we’re made of and who we can become as we move into this new season.

DSAMH wants you to know that your work to care for people with mental health and substance use conditions during the pandemic is seen and appreciated. “Essential” doesn’t begin to characterize your strength, resilience, and selflessness. From adapting to telehealth modalities to providing meal services, and distributing personal protective equipment, this crisis galvanized our field into action.  

With funds from our State Opioid Response grant, we are leveraging that energy to address an ongoing crisis exacerbated by COVID-19: the opioid epidemic. The Opioid Response Provider Network will enhance our substance use disorder treatment and recovery system, while increasing our capacity to provide medications for opioid use disorders, distribute Naloxone, address social needs, and advance health equity.

I invite you to get involved in our efforts to save lives and facilitate pathways to recovery by contacting us at Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of Delawareans every day. 

Dr. Sherry Nykiel
DSAMH Medical Director

Did You Know?

Treatment (LoC) Decision Tool

This provider tool in Open Beds will help recommend treatment for patients based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria. This criteria is marked by four broad levels of service as well as an early intervention level, which provides a standard nomenclature for describing the continuum of recovery-oriented addiction services recommended for a patient. To find this tool in Open Beds, click on your profile name and select the Treatment (Loc) Decision Support in the drop-down list.


Opioid Impact Fee Scholarship

DSAMH is a recipient of funds collected from Delaware’s Opioid Impact Fee and will be establishing a scholarship fund from the proceeds to support treatment and wraparound services for individuals in recovery.  The proceeds will help ongoing efforts around the state to fill the gaps with social determinants of health that present barriers to the recovery process.  To see DSAMH’s allowable expenses please visit

If you have a client in need of services, please contact to obtain an electronic scholarship request form.

We want to thank all organizations participating DTRN and offer a warm welcome to the following organizations that joined us last quarter!

Aviva Health Services
Saint Francis Primary Care
Saint Francis ACO
ChristianaCare, Union Hospital
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
DHSS Helpdesk Phone: (302) 255‐9150

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