Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a treatment used for substance use disorder (SUD), which includes the use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications along with counseling. Adding to that, other supports are also available to provide a complete approach to the treatment of SUDs.
MAT is a treatment for opioid use disorders and it operates in a way that, with time, will normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opiates and alcohol, relieve physiological cravings, and also normalize body functioning without the need of any substance used. Center Point, Inc. (CPI) MAT services include:
- Transportation to MAT providers
- Determining MAT needs through evidence-based assessments
- Providing training to all staff regarding the benefits and risks of MAT
MAT Services - Referrals
The MAT referrals usually starts with an assessment and/or client requests for any additional service. Additionally throughout treatment, clients will also receive education and referrals for MAT treatment by indication or request. The process usually goes as follow:
- CPI’s Management Information System (MIS) department provides the MAT Director with a list of all client admissions who had identified opioids as their substance of abuse.
- The MAT Program Director reviews the list to determine appropriate candidates for MAT referral.
- If a client is eligible and is interested in the treatment, the CPI’s MAT Director or their designee will facilitate a comprehensive MAT assessment, will also provide additional education and referrals.
All clients receiving MAT services will receive support to help their efforts to maintain compliance with their prescribed MAT regimen. Clients needing or utilizing MAT will not be discriminated against or denied treatment services nor be required to decrease the dosage nor be tapered off medications as a condition of entering or remaining in the program.
For more information regarding MAT services and its policies contact Center Point, Inc.