Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Resources For Opioid Use Disorder
- 1 Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Resources For Opioid Use Disorder
- 2 What If There Are No Resources Available?
If you are suffering from Opioid Use Disorder there’s help available, even if you live in a rural area or are without insurance, Medicaid or other financial resources. As our national Opioid epidemic skyrockets, the department of Health and Human Services is working hard with state and local agencies to ensure that every person with OUD can access the help they need. We’ve located a few programs that take people who are underinsured or don’t have ability to pay.
Springfield, Missouri: Jordan Valley Community Health Center Benton Clinic
Benton Clinic offers MAT to those who are uninsured or unable to pay. They also offer sliding-scale payment and take Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance. Click on the link above for contact information.
Atlanta, Georgia: St Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc.
St. Jude’s Recovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia offers no –cost MAT to patients who are uninsured and unable to pay. Click on the link above for the contact information.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Talbert House
Talbert House offers MAT in Brown, Butler, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties. If you need help and cannot pay, click the link above for contact information.
Crossroads has been providing MAT for over 10 years. They have outpatient treatment centers in 30 cities located in eight states, including
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
If you live in the Garden State there’s a lot of help available. Medicaid covers MAT in New Jersey. Medicaid has also been expanded to include low-income residents. To access Mat services near you click this link.
Find Help and Resources Nearby Using SAMSHA Online Treatment Locator
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) is an agency within United States Department of Health and Human Services that addresses substance abuse and mental health issues and their impact on communities nationwide. SAMSHA has provided an online access tool to help people with OUD find help nearby.
Because the SAMSHA tool can be confusing to navigate, we have provided step-by-step instructions to input your information and locate the best help available in your area.
Using the SAMSHA Treatment Locator to Access Medication Assisted Treatment Nearby
Once you click on this link, you will be directed to the SAMSHA treatment locator. The website shows a big map, with a box labeled Find Facility in the upper right corner. Here is a step-by-step guide to use the locator.
1) Enter your address in the white box that says, address, city, state or zip code. If you do not have a home address, just enter the zip code of the area where you’re staying.
2) You can enter how far you’re able to travel for help in the distance box. The box goes from 5 miles to increasing distances, up to 100 miles.
3) For the Service category, click the box that matches your needs. For instance Substance Abuse (SA) or SA & MH for dual diagnosis.
4) Beside each box in the service category, there’s a small arrow, pointing down. When you click the arrow a menu allows you to check ALL BOXES THAT APPLY to you. This drop-down menu is where you can give precise information regarding your specific needs.
Categories in the Service drop-down menu include
- Type of Care
- Service Settings (such as inpatient; outpatient, etc.) is a comprehensive list. If you are not sure which would be best, click all you would be interested in using. If you want to see all options nearby, click the All box.
- Type of Opioid Treatment allows you to click all that apply to you. For more information about Buprenorphine and Naltrexone click here.
- Facility Operation will automatically direct you to the next category.
- Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted allows you to click the box(es) that applies to your financial resources. If you have no resources and do not live in a state that has expanded Medicaid to cover low-income individuals/families, click State-financed health insurance plan, or just move on to the next category.
- Payment Assistance Available will let you access those facilities that work with people who don’t have any insurance and few resources. Check both boxes. Sliding scale payment bases services on an ability to pay, often starting with no money and moving up to a percentage of whatever your income level is.
- Special Programs/Groups Offered allows you to give more detailed information. By doing so you can access the best programs available for your specific needs. Click all boxes that apply.
- Other Addictions allows you to further identify your specific needs. For instance, if you are addicted to gambling as well as opioids.
- Age Groups Accepted allows you to bypass treatment that excludes people in your age group. For instance, centers that only accept minors or those only available to adults.
- Exclusive Services allows you to narrow your help options to treatment resources that only treat those with your specific addiction or problem.
- Language Services helps you to further identify resources if you are deaf or only speak Spanish. Below this , there are two other categories where you can check the box for your language, if English is not your primary language or you don’t speak English.
What If There Are No Resources Available?
After you’ve finished checking the boxes in each category that apply to your specific situation, a list of treatment centers and other help will come up. If nothing comes up, a box will come up which shows your selections. You can go back to the Substance Abuse or SA & MH list and tailor your selections to the help available. For instance, you may have to change your selections from short term residential to long term residential or outpatient. You may have to change the distance you can go from 5 miles to 50 miles.
When you start by clicking all the boxes that apply to you, you can see the best choices for your specific situation. If there’s no help available that meets your needs precisely, you can find out what’s out there and select the best option available by
- Casting a wider net
- Accepting whatever help is available to you even if it’s less than ideal. For instance, you may have to travel further to enter a treatment facility that accepts sliding scale payment. If you live in a rural area where there’s no help available nearby you can possibly get help through telemedicine.
If you need help locating treatment options or using the above SAMSHA Treatment Locator, call the SAMSHA Helpline 24/7 at (800) 662-4357.