Health systems to build treatment centers in Pennsylvania

Health systems to build treatment centers in Pennsylvania

Two new health systems have announced plans to build medication-assisted treatment programs in Pennsylvania for opioid-use disorder. The facilities will treat uninsured, underinsured or privately insured patients.

The state awarded Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment grants to Lehigh Valley Health Network, Penn Medicine – Lancaster General Health, and Reading Hospital – Tower Health. Lehigh Valley Health Network was part of a previous RFA, but hadn’t been announced.

Grants were through the State Opioid Response.

“Our medication-assisted treatment facilities are on the front lines of working to make sure those suffering from the disease of addiction get the assistance they need to recover,” Dr. Rachel Levine, state secretary of health, said. “Through the ‘hub and spoke’ model, the primary care physicians within these health systems will have the support they need to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to their patients. Their efforts will help ensure that access is available to residents in several counties afflicted by this disease.”

In January 2018, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf established the Opioid Command Center. The center is comprised of personnel from 17 state agencies led by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Members meet weekly to discuss the opioid crisis.

This month, the center released a strategic plan on how it will help those with substance-use disorder.