Opioid-use disorder is an illness that is treatable. The Wolf Administration is increasing access to treatment through the Medicaid expansion and the creation of Centers of Excellence and Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs.
Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) is a hub-and-spoke network of healthcare providers that facilitates access to medication assisted treatment. The hub is a centralized team of specialists that provides support and other services to the spokes, which are defined as primary care providers who provide treatment to patients in the community. Programs include Allegheny Health Network, Geisinger, Temple Health, Wellspan Health, the Wright Center, UPMC, UPMCPinnacle, and Penn State Health.
Expanding Access to Treatment
Pennsylvania’s licensed treatment facilities, Centers of Excellence locations, and PacMAT are locations where individuals can access treatment for opioid use disorder. If you need assistance in finding a treatment facility or funding for addiction treatment, please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Single County Authorities
Single County Authorities (SCAs) organize drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services in their county. Your local SCA can help you find a treatment provider near you. If you do not have insurance or need assistance with out-of-pocket costs, they can also help you pay for treatment.
Connecting to Treatment
Insurance coverage for opioid use disorder is critical to ensuring access to and affording treatment services.
Governor Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015, more Pennsylvanians than ever were able to access quality health care coverage. The expansion opened up Medicaid to even more people living on low incomes, people who had been diagnosed with substance use disorder, and others. In 2016, 120,000 Pennsylvanians suffering from opioid-use disorder were covered under Medicaid. More than 71,000 were newly eligible for health care coverage through the Medicaid expansion, meaning that for many people, this is the first time they are able to access treatment for addiction.