Indiana Announces New Opioid Treatment Programs In Five Counties
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s opioid treatment program is expanding with five new treatment programs in five counties.
Governor Eric Holcomb and Dr. Jennifer Walthall, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, held a press conference Wednesday to announce the latest tools in combatting the state’s drug addiction epidemic.
The five centers will be located in Allen, Johnson, Monroe, Tippecanoe and Vigo counties – locations identified by need based on data including overdose deaths, drug-seizures, hospital emergency rooms, and other factors. They will each be operated by the FSSA.
Adding the new programs will give Indiana 19 opioid treatment programs administering medication assisted treatment to qualifying Hoosiers looking to enter recovery. Southeastern Indiana is already served by the East Indiana Treatment Center in Greendale.
“The five new OTPs will reduce the driving time for individuals seeking treatment for their specific addiction,” said Governor Holcomb.
Holcomb said deaths from drug overdoses have increased 500 percent since 2000, with Indiana ranking 15th in the nation in overdose deaths. Those deaths cause a ripple effect that affects families, communities and businesses, he added.
“It’s become a crisis on multiple fronts,” Holcomb said.
Walthall said the new programs will add considerable capacity to a network of programs that treated more than 10,000 Hoosiers in 2016.
Also, the addition of Medicaid and HIP coverage of medication assisted treatment, including methadone, will remove a significant barrier to treatment for many. OTP coverage on those plans will begin August 1.
“There is extraordinary evidence that patients receiving medication assisted treatment are more likely to remain in treatment and to reduce opioid use than those who do not,” said Walthall. “Ensuring medication assisted treatment is an available option to additional Hoosier communities is a significant tool to help attack Indiana’s drug epidemic.”
The new OTPs are expected to begin offering services by June 30, 2018.
Locations of Indiana’s opioid treatment centers can be found online at http://www.in.gov/fssa/dmha/files/OTP_Treatment_Centers_-_1-2012.pdf.