Opioid use disorder is a complex problem. MiSUPER is a collaborative project that combines education with training events to increase awareness of opioid use disorder issues in communities, treatment options, and support for those in recovery.

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While the opioid crisis knows no demographic boundaries, underserved adults in rural areas often face additional challenges and risk factors, such as isolation and unemployment.

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MiSUPER is a two-year collaborative project from MSU Extension, the MSU College of Human Medicine Family Medicine (MSU-CHM) and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW). The overall goal of the MiSUPER project is to increase awareness of opioid misuse in rural communities regarding prevention, addiction treatment options, and recovery support so that community members and healthcare professionals can recognize signs of misuse, suggest options for professional treatments and support those in recovery.

The project aims to create and deliver evidence-based trainings on opioid misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery, ultimately reaching 1,000 rural community members through 25 trainings and 150 health professionals through an additional 10 trainings. Through MiSUPER, MSU Extension will help develop standardized state-of-the-art trainings and print and online materials addressing the epidemic of opioid use disorders in rural Michigan.

MiSUPER brings together highly skilled experts in OUD-related issues and rural health on the medical side with community-based professionals charged with addressing the clinical and social impacts from such use. The project builds on MSU Extension’s current rural opioid misuse prevention educational initiatives through the State Opioid Response and includes new staff and different outreach approaches to expand the focus to include treatment options and recovery.

In Michigan . . .


people die every day from opioid overdose.


of Michigan's overdose deaths are attributable to opioids.


people died from opioid-related causes in 2016.

Upcoming Mental Health and Chronic Pain Events

  • Jan 1

    PATH Toolkit Telephone Course

    January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 Zoom

    The PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) Toolkit Telephone Course is a series of 6, 1-hour telephone sessions designed to help participants manage their chronic conditions.

  • Jan 13

    Mindfulness for Better Living Lunch and Learns

    January 13, 2021 – April 21, 2021

    Mindfulness for Better Living includes a suite of one-time workshops to help people learn ways to use mindfulness to manage everyday stress.

  • Jan 14

    ONLINE Chronic Pain PATH Series - Jan. 14 - Feb. 25, 2021

    January 14, 2021 – February 25, 2021 Zoom

    Online Chronic Pain PATH is an interactive series of 7 sessions offered live online via Zoom designed to help participants manage their chronic pain.

  • Jan 19

    Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)

    January 19, 2021 – February 23, 2021 Zoom

    The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Diabetes PATH in Michigan) was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn techniques and strategies for the day-to-day management of diabetes.

  • Feb 3

    ONLINE WISE February 3-March 10

    February 3, 2021 – March 10, 2021 Online

    Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) provides education on topics including health and wellness, medication use, stress management, depression and substance use.