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Program Description:

Through the generous support from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, this program seeks to improve the lives of patients and families living with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) by enhancing the capacity and quality of services available to patients in their communities through their primary care practices.  The program will work to establish a primary care culture that understands addiction as a chronic disease and is prepared and capable to address the range of issues, including underlying trauma and mental health conditions that emerge during the process of treatment. Specifically, this program will focus on supporting primary care based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services provided by prescribing providers, behavioral health clinicians and teams.  By offering this virtual learning community, the program will support enhanced access to MAT in local communities. By continuing to strengthen the role and functions of integrated behavioral health clinicians in delivering MAT with their primary care providers and teams, the program will improve the experience, quality, and safety of care for patients with this dangerous and often deadly disease through evidence-based treatment. This program is intended to engage primary care prescribers who are already x-waivered or will be x-waivered by September 20th.

Learning Objectives:

  • Establish cultural changes to reduce stigma of mental health and SUDs;
  • Explore the importance of screening for mental health concerns with underlying SUDs, defining why behavioral health conditions are important to identify and address;
  • Build competencies to deliver trauma-informed care and integrated behavioral health treatment;
  • Implement medication assisted therapies and models of care for SUD;
  • Bolster skills to appropriately identify and treat SUDs ;
  • Develop models for team-based addiction treatment including developing relationships with experts and supportive entities in the medical neighborhood; and
  • Build individual and organizational resilience to support complex patient care and sustain MAT.

Intended Audience:

Primary care teams, including x-waivered primary care MAT prescribers, behavioral health clinicians, and other team members from practices located across Maine and New Hampshire, who seek support to develop, implement and sustain MAT care.  Rural providers encouraged to apply.

Funder Ackowledgement:

Funding for this project is provided by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Quality Grants Program 2018