Louisiana launches online tool for addiction treatment assistance

Louisiana launches online tool for addiction treatment assistance

The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health will be launching an online platform on July 21 that will help Louisianans find high-quality, appropriate alcohol or drug addiction treatment.

ATLAS: the Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment and Standards will provide information on the quality of treatment facilities, measure facilities’ use of best practices, provide data to facilities about services offered to help improve care, suggest a level of care based on an individual’s personal needs, and enable facilities submitting data to benchmark themselves and design improvement initiatives.

“We expect ATLAS to be another excellent tool in our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic,” Karen Stubbs, Office of Behavioral Health assistant secretary, said. “In Louisiana, fatal opioid overdoses have risen from 259 in 2014 to 470 in 2018. These numbers show that families can use all the help they can find.”

ATLAS will list nearly all the state’s treatment facilities, 33 percent of which voluntarily reported on services and practices.

Once a minimum threshold of 20 responses per facility is met, ATLAS also lists feedback from patients. The tool will update daily.

Louisiana developed and launched ATLAS in partnership with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending addiction. Louisiana is one of six pilot states.