Increased access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is key to halting the opioid epidemic. This program provides technical assistance to 25 California clinics to build MAT into their practices.
Building addiction treatment into a busy primary care practice is complex, technical, and sensitive work. Leaders must ensure patient safety, compliance with strict regulatory requirements, and workplace culture management to support compassionate care — especially for patients whose uncontrolled addiction may lead to challenging, drug-seeking behavior.
New care models that include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) require primary care practices to make many changes ranging from education of providers and staff to practical details of office workflow.
In 2016 the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) granted Substance Abuse Service Expansion Awards (SASE) to 36 California health centers to take on these changes. Because most grantees said they had limited or no experience providing addiction treatment, they welcomed customized technical assistance. In response to this request, the Center for Care Innovations, in partnership with the California Health Care Foundation, launched the Treating Addiction in the Primary Care Safety Net (TAPC) program, providing tailored technical assistance on addiction treatment and change management topics to 25 of the 36 SASE grantees.
Technical assistance opportunities include: