|January 4, 2017 02:07 PM
|Senator Camera Bartolotta
|All Senate members
|Patient-Centered Opioid Addiction Treatment
|In the near future, I will introduce legislation requiring a more patient-centered focus in the treatment of opioid addiction.
Currently, the type of treatment a patient receives is largely dependent upon the location which he or she receives the treatment. For example, if a patient enters a methadone clinic, he or she will be offered methadone maintenance treatment. The same holds true for an Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program, which provides treatment with Suboxone. Alternatively, some providers only offer abstinence-based treatment, and a patient may never be educated or even offered the option of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
Every person struggling with substance abuse is unique and has different circumstances which have contributed to his or her addiction issues. Therefore, individual paths to recovery also differ. My legislation will ensure there is a more comprehensive and patient-centered focus for the treatment of opioid dependence in all treatment settings. It will require treatment programs in the Commonwealth to follow certain best practices in providing individualized, patient-centered care to each patient who walks through the door in need of assistance.
Specifically, my proposal will include:
Introduced as SB428