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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) services, which include Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) and Opioid Treatment Providers (OTP)/methadone clinics, are provided statewide to all individuals and their families across the lifespan affected by opioid and/or stimulant use disorder. Research shows that MOUD, combined with counseling and behavioral therapy, has remarkable impacts on treating substance use disorders and supporting long-term recovery. These programs also have specific outreach for vulnerable populations such as adolescents, pre and post-natal individuals, Veterans and individuals who have served in the military and their families, Native Americans, and individuals soon to discharge from jail or prisons with opioid use disorders (OUDs) at risk for relapse.

The State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA) plays a key role in providing oversight and support to the opioid treatment programs (OTPs) that use methadone and other FDA approved medications and provide counseling and other services to individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). NASADAD worked with SOTAs across the nation to develop a document that summarizes the core and common duties and responsibilities of their role, with input from SAMHSA and the Board of Directors. More information on SOTAs can be found here.

Help for those incarcerated with Opioid Use Disorder

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services helps to provide incarcerated consumers suffering from Opioid Use Disorder with the necessary treatment and medication needed to help them on their recovery journey. This care is provided at no cost to the jail. These services are represented in two categories: Consumers needing medication and consumers needing counseling.

Jail appointed medical providers will screen incarcerated individuals and dispense medication when necessary. At the time of release, the jail's medical provider will ensure the individual will leave with 2 weeks worth of medications.

If it is determined that an incercerated individual has an Opioid Use Disorder, the jail's medical provider sends a prescription request to be filled by HunterCare Precision Rx. HunterCare invoices ODMHSAS for the cost of the prescription.

ODMHSAS Discharge Manager coordinates with jail staff and the incarcerated individual, referring them for an appointment with a local treatment providers within 2 weeks of release. This local provider takes the appointment and can provide substance abuse treatment to the individual after release.

An appointment reminder will be provided along with the individuals belongings at the time of release.

Teresa Stephenson

Director of Medication, Stimulant Use, Women and Family Specific Treatment Services/State Op. Treatment Authority

Mary Kate Cole

AFC-STARS Program Manager

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