The Foundation's program, Advancing Recovery: State/Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care, was designed to support partnerships between treatment provider organizations that deliver care, and states that are in the unique role of being both the largest purchaser of publicly funded treatment services (70 percent) and regulators and licensers of those services.Prestera Center for Mental Health Services has created a partnership consisting of four comprehensive behavioral health centers: Seneca Health Services, Inc., Valley HealthCare System, Westbrook Health Services, Inc., and Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, and the West Virginia Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The partnership will first focus on the implementation of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). In order to standardize MAT and reduce the existing barriers to providing these services, the state department will complete the approval of and distribute a protocol for the use and payment of suboxone in IOP settings and will encourage more physicians to obtain the training and certification that allows them to use office-based buprenorphine. Providers will expand peer support groups to target consumers who are receiving MAT, create and co-implement a communication strategy for consumers and other community members around the benefits of MAT, and continue to create linkages/partnerships with primary care providers to expand the use of suboxone. Their second evidence-based category of interest is continuing care, where they will review and change where necessary the rule structure regarding reimbursement at the time of client transfer from one level of care to another. They will also review assessment requirements with providers to reduce/eliminate duplicative assessments and will explore the funding of "socially necessary" services, such as peer support, that encourage continuity in treatment.
Amount Awarded $358,299.00
Awarded on: 1/24/2008
Time frame: 2/1/2008 - 7/31/2010
Grant Number: 63701