Research Report Implementing an Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program at Community Health Centers: Lessons from a Pilot Project in California
Jane B. Wishner, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Jeremy Marks, Marni Epstein
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In 2015, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) launched a pilot project to develop sustainable, integrated care models to provide mental health care and substance use disorder treatment with health care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the primary care setting using medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Ten community health centers and county-run safety net clinics in California implemented initiatives with technical assistance from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Researchers from the Urban Institute evaluated of the implementation phase of the initiative. This initiative demonstrated that it takes time, funding, technical assistance, training, leadership, and effort to help community health centers provide integrated MAT care, but that such efforts can be successful and help expand access to treatment for OUD.

Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health care delivery and payment State health care reform Health care systems and managed care plans Community-based care Public health Substance use Opioid crisis
Policy Centers Health Policy Center