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Webinar: "The Massachusetts Model" for Office Based Addiction Treatment
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When: Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Webinar Time: 9:00 am until 11:00 am
Contact: Lindsey Naeyaert

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Webinar Overview

Dubbed the “Massachusetts Model,” BMC’s OBAT Program serves as a model of service delivery for facilitating access to life-saving treatment and improving treatment outcomes in patients with opioid use disorders. BMC’s OBAT Program is integrated into its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics enabling patients to receive care for substance use disorders similar to the way that other chronic medical conditions are managed. BMC’s OBAT Program in Primary Care currently serves over 700 patients annually and is the largest office-based opioid treatment program in New England. The BMC OBAT model is effective at increasing access to evidence based treatment for addiction as well as improving the quality of care provided to patients with substance use disorders.


Under the BMC OBAT (or Massachusetts) Model, nurses take a lead role in the management of patient care. Each nurse care manager partners with a physician who assesses the patient and prescribes medication for addiction treatment (MAT). The patient's other health care needs are addressed at the same time as their substance use disorder. Nurses' expertise in chronic disease management and patient education makes them ideally suited to deliver ongoing care for substance use disorders. At the same time, nurse care management enables a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant to safely prescribe medications for addiction treatment (MAT) to a greater number of patients, increasing overall access to these lifesaving medications. This model has been expanded across the state into 42 community health centers using nurses as the anchor with the support of: medical assistants, behavioral health providers, and peer coaches.




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Colleen T. LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, Director of Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance, State of Massachusetts.


Please click here to view Colleen's bio.




Please contact Lindsey Naeyaert, Associate Director of SUD Services, Michigan Primary Care Association at or 517.827.0874


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