Pennsylvania is one of the 10 states with the highest opioid use and opioid overdose rates. For this vulnerable group, evidence shows that a treatment plan including methadone can improve patient health and chances of recovery.
SAMHSA advocates for a whole-patient approach to medication-assisted treatment that includes counseling. In Pennsylvania, Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) are only required to provide minimal counseling, 2.5 hours per month.
IRETA’s client, Foundations Medical Services (FMS), provided the required monthly hours of therapy, but worried that many clients suffered from insufficient support. Under this model, therapy groups lacked clear goals and had no consistency of membership.