Delaware offering training program for treating OUD

Delaware offering training program for treating OUD

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services plans to offer a training program on treating opioid use disorder (OUD) among Medicaid recipients.

The program is open to medical providers and practice managers in psychiatry, primary care, infectious diseases, and women’s health.

The Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Fellowship Program will offer webinars, self-paced modules, and weekly discussion groups from March 23 through Sept. 23. Participants will learn about the available Medicaid financing mechanisms for OBOT, receive technical assistance to offer OBOT, exchange ideas, and access a curated online library of tools and evidence-based practices.

The program will be taught by addiction-medicine experts and will be offered in two phases.

OBOT involves prescribing safe, effective, Food and Drug Administration-approved medications to treat OUD

“Opioid addiction is an ongoing and often deadly presence for many Delawareans and their families, and we need every tool at our disposal to help them confront it,” Gov. John Carney said. “Equipping our medical providers to manage the treatment of these patients is an important part of this effort.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supports the program through a $3.58 million grant awarded to the state.