We are launching Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health, a new program to increase access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT) in mental health and substance use disorder settings for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Federal, state, and local attention is focused on combatting opioids, the deadliest drug epidemic in US history. In addition to the devastating effects on the health of communities, OUD is also a major driver of high-cost service utilization, such as inpatient and emergency department care; the result is an enormous economic burden on health systems.
MAT is one approach to manage OUD. It combines psychological and behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications (e.g., methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone). Research shows that using MAT can more than halve the mortality rate among patients with OUD. Despite overwhelming evidence that administration of these medications is considered the gold standard of treatment, only 10 percent of people across the country receive MAT for OUD.
Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health seeks 10 mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) sites in California to participate in a 15-month learning collaborative, launching in May 2019 and concluding in July 2020. The program will provide funding, methods, tools and hands-on technical assistance to facilitate the implementation of MAT programs.
The curriculum has been designed by state and national experts and is based on CCI’s extensive experience in supporting primary care health centers in designing MAT program as well lessons learned from SUD and mental health settings offering MAT to their patients.
Building upon this previous work, Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health is funded by the California Department of Health Care Services.
Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Behavioral Health runs from May 2019 to July 2020. Key dates include:
|Request for Applications Released||March 5, 2019|
|Informational Webinar||March 15, 2019|
|Application Deadline||April 5, 2019|
|Cohort Announced & Program Start||May 15, 2019|
|Kick-Off Webinar||May 30, 2019|
|Pre-Work Webinar||June 3, 2019|
|In-Person Learning Session 1||July 10, 2019 – July 11, 2019|
|In-Person Learning Session 2||March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020|
|In-Person Learning Session 3||July 22, 2020 – July 23, 2020|
|Program End||July 15, 2020|
Questions regarding the program can be emailed to Briana Harris-Mills.