Two Auburn-based service providers have been jointly awarded a $350,000 grant to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced Thursday.
East Hill Family Medical and Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs, both in Auburn, were awarded the grant as part of a $5.25 million funding initiative to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, which is the standard of care for opioid use disorder treatment, according to a release from the state.
"Access to the appropriate treatment is life-changing and critical in achieving recovery," OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said in the release. "These awards will expand access to important care and enable those who are fighting addiction to receive the medication needed to help them succeed and live happy and productive lives."
Provided by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and issued by OASAS, the program awarded $3.5 million for medicated-assisted treatment and related services to 10 federally qualified health centers in the state.
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The health centers are required to partner with at least one OASAS-certified provider to receive the funding. East Hill, in this instance, is the federally qualified healther center while Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs is the certified provider.
The funding will be used to help centers establish opioid use disorder services by increasing prescriber capacity, counseling, behavioral therapies, and recovery supports, and by training staff on the use of FDA-approved addiction medications.
An additional $1.75 million was awarded to five hospital emergency departments to expand the availability of buprenorphine to treat addiction.