West Virginia 2020-2022 Substance Use Response Plan - January 20, 2020
This document provides important background on the State’s many initiatives that have been accomplished to date as well as the strategic goals that set the course to combat the substance use disorder crisis for the coming years.

ODCP Semiannual Report
This document provides important background on ODCP's ongoing initiatives and strategic goals to combat the substance use disorder crisis for the coming years.

Upcoming Events
Peer Recovery Support Specialist Regional Trainings
DHHR's Bureau for Behavioral Health is hosting quarterly regional Peer Recovery Support Specialist trainings to provide educational opportunities on important issues pertaining to addiction and recovery. Learn more

General Information

Driver’s License Reinstatement 
Passed in March 2019, concerning Driver’s License Reinstatement, this statute outlines the waving of license reinstatement fees in some circumstances and providing for a method to reduce the license revocation period. 

Passed in March 2019, this statue was amended to decrease the amount of time required to seek expungement, where applicable. A list of approved treatment and recovery facilities as indicated in code are available here.

Naloxone Distribution
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has recently updated materials related to naloxone distribution including training documents and brochures that fulfill state law requirements. This and additional information is available on the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services website and can be found at

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Requirements
To view Chapter 504 on Substance Use Disorders of the BMS Provider Manual concerning Peer Recovery Support Specialist requirements, please click here. Details about PRSS can be found on pages 23 through 25. For a copy of the Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification Application Form, please click here. A fillable form is also available to download at this site.

Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines
Recovery housing is an intervention that is specifically designed to address the recovering person’s need for a safe and healthy living environment while supplying the requisite recovery and peer supports. Click here to learn about the 10 best practices and minimum standards.

Standards and Credentialing Process for Addiction and Prevention Professionals
The West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction & Prevention Professionals is a voluntary board whose purpose is to certify the qualifications and competence of the persons who are engaged in professional addictions services, be it treatment or prevention.

West Virginia Opioid Response Plan
The ODCP worked with a panel of national and regional public health experts to garner public input and review science-supported options to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the State. Learn more.

West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis 
In January 2018, DHHR released the 2016 West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis: Healthcare Systems Utilization, Risk Factors, and Opportunities for Intervention The effort was led by DHHR, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more.  

Senate Bill 273 (Opioid Reduction Act)
Effective June 7, 2018, the legislation sets limitations on opioid prescriptions and authorizes a “nonopioiddirective” patients can put in their medical files, formally notifying health care professionals they do not want to be prescribed or administered opioid medications. Learn more.


Gov. Justice - DHHR Data Suggests West Virginia Overdose Deaths Appear to be Declining
After several years of steady increases, DHHR recently released preliminary data on 2018 fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia that suggest a leveling off or slight decrease in the total number of overdose deaths. The projected decrease of overdose deaths occurring for 2018 is expected to be a 6 percent decline compared to 2017 data.