Over the next two years (2017-2019) grantees and their partners will create new or expanded capacity to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in primary care settings, emphasizing people who are uninsured or medically underserved. Four planning grantees will build practice and provider capacity to begin offering MAT services on a pilot basis. Six implementation grantees will expand existing capacity to quickly increase the number of patients receiving MAT services.
All grantees will engage a broad-based network of partners in their programs to ensure the necessary referral relationships and wrap-around services to promote sustained, long-term recovery for people in treatment.
This initiative builds on prior work that MeHAF supported with Maine Quality Counts (QC) and Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) to assess the needs and capacities of providers and practices around the state with regard to offering MAT in primary care settings.
Training, education, and technical assistance will be provided by QC to support addiction care grantees, both individually and as a cohort. QC will partner with MMET and other experts in addiction care to address practice and policy barriers and assist grantees in making practice transformations needed to effectively support expanded access to MAT.
The impact of this program will be evaluated by the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service. The evaluation team will work with grantees to develop descriptive profiles of their projects and identify and share elements contributing to successful expansion of MAT.
For more information, contact Program Officer, Kathryn Pierce.