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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council Submits Comments on Opioid Treatment Programs

July 25, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
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In response to SAMHSA’s recently released draft Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment 2013, the National Council has submitted comments to the agency commending its focus on recovery-oriented systems of care and the role of telemedicine in expanding access to care. Our comments also urge SAMHSA to make the guidelines more inclusive of extended-release injectable naltrexone and to encourage staff in opioid treatment settings to be trained in Mental Health First Aid. Click to read our full comments.
The Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment were established in 1999 to serve as a guide to accreditation organizations in developing accreditation standards that conform federal opioid treatment standards. The original Guidelines were informed by expert panels, field reviews, and clearances from other Federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget; they have been updated periodically over the last 14 years.
Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) must be certified by SAMHSA before they may dispense opioid drugs in the treatment of opioid addiction. To become certified, an OTP must meet the Federal opioid treatment standards and must have current valid accreditation status from a SAMHSA-approved accreditation body. Among the numerous application requirements, potential accreditation bodies are required to submit a set of accreditation elements and a detailed discussion showing how these ensure that each OTP surveyed is qualified to meet the federal opioid treatment standards. The updated guidelines will inform accreditation elements and assist accreditation organizations in interpreting the federal opioid treatment standards.