Written by: Center for Care Innovations

In 2019, the Center for Care Innovations launched Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Primary Care (ATSH). Funded by the California Department of Health Care Services and Cedars Sinai Community Benefit, this project sought to expand access to treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. 

ATSH supported 56 primary care health centers in California with designing new or expanding existing programs that provide medications for addiction treatment (MAT). MAT combines psychological and behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications (e.g., methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone). ATSH was a learning community that supported each participating health center with extending this lifeline to patients with opioid use disorder. 

The final program evaluation report, authored by Mark McGovern, PhD, examined the effectiveness of Addiction Treatment Starts Here in increasing access to MAT. The report highlighted ATSH’s successes, including increasing the number of patients accessing treatment by 64%. ATSH also increased capabilities within health centers that are central to supporting the effective delivery of MAT services. Learn more about what works in designing MAT programs by downloading the complete program evaluation. 

Please also view a short infographic that describes the ATSH project, including its technical assistance services and outcomes.

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