The availability of treatment resources is a critical part of any effective response to the epidemic of opioid addiction in Massachusetts. While DPH has long provided dedicated funding to support treatment programs and services around the state, we have redoubled our efforts in the current opioid addiction epidemic, to include:
- Providing a simple, easy to navigate online tool to help residents in crisis find appropriate treatment facilities and services near them
- Funding an additional 128 acute treatment service beds including detoxification and clinical stabilization beds in areas of the state where these vital services were not previously available.
- Establishing five new community and home based programs focused on treating youth and young adults. These programs are evidence-based and developmentally appropriate for young people and their families.
- Increasing to 18 the number of community health centers located in areas identified as high need able to provide opioid treatment. These health centers will offer both buprenorphine, sometimes known as suboxone, and injectable naltrexone, sometimes known as Vivitrol. Both of these medications are proven to be effective in the treatment of opioid addiction, and their availability in these health centers is a step toward integrating addiction treatment into overall health care services.
- Supporting a pilot program for the use of injectable naltrexone in the Department of Correction to assist those citizens re-entering the community post-incarceration.
- Providing additional funding for Opioid Treatment Programs across the state to provide methadone treatment services to a greater number of opioid addicted individuals. Methadone treatment has repeatedly been shown to be an effective treatment for opioid addiction.