January 1, 2018

Behavioral Health Workforce Implementation Challenges Related to Medication Assisted Treatment

There is broad consensus that the ubiquity of opioid use disorder (OUD) in the United States constitutes an epidemic. Medication assisted treatment (MAT), which utilizes medications alongside psychosocial treatments and services has been shown to be highly effective for treating OUD, but implementation is low.

This report describes a study that utilized geospatial analysis to examine the association between the number of MAT providers and deaths due to OUD as well as an online survey of behavioral health providers in ten states and virtual focus groups to investigate provider roles and barriers to MAT implementation

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