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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Grant Helps CMHA Fight Opiate Addiction

CMHA is pleased to announce the award of $175,000/year over three years totaling $525,000 from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to combat addiction. 

DMHAS received the funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is granting to four community based providers from around the state in geographic areas with a combination of high overdose deaths and spikes in opioid treatment admissions between 2011-2016. The funds are part of SAMHSA’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) campaign to fight opiate abuse and prevent overdoses.  

MAT funds will enable CMHA to treat an additional 130 clients for a total of 550 served over the course of three years, using buprenorphine/naltrexone (Suboxone) medication alongside recovery coaching, case management, evidence-based practices, and overdose prevention kits in the form of Naloxone. The grant will also support a bilingual/bicultural behavioral health clinician to meet the demand for opioid treatment among the Latino/a population.

“Deaths in this country from prescription opioid pain relievers have increased three fold from 2001-2014, and deaths from heroin have increased six fold. There is also an enormous gap between the number of people diagnosed with Opiate use disorder and the number of treatment slots available. This grant will allow CMHA to help close that gap,” says CMHA Psychiatrist Dr. Meg Chaplin.

“Every day in our clinic, we meet people who desperately need buprenorphine but because of limited prescriber availability, we have been forced to limit the number of clients who can receive the medication. This grant award will dramatically increase the number of clients we can see and the number of lives we can save.”

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