Medication Assisted Treatment

DCHA & Member Hospitals Fight an Epidemic

In 2017, D.C. experienced 279 deaths related to opioid overdose. Fighting the opioid epidemic is a priority of DCHA and the District of Columbia. Mayor Bowser and the Department of Behavioral Health announced plans to reduce opioid-related deaths by 50 percent by 2020. 

DCHA has been awarded a grant to establish and implement an Emergency Department (ED) Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Induction program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Howard University Hospital and United Medical Center to identify and provide access to immediate substance use treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). Evidence has shown that initiating early interventions, such as MAT, at the first point of care saves more lives.

ED Medication Assisted Treatment Program

This induction program will ensure that persons with OUD have the opportunity to make the decision to accept treatment during their visit to the emergency room. Following the initial treatment received at the hospital, patients will be rapidly connected through a warm hand-off to community-based provider(s) for sustained treatment. The program will train all hospital ED staff in the screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment approach and connect patients to peer recovery coaches while still at the hospital to provide support as they begin their treatment and recovery journey. Peer recovery coaches will follow-up with patients after they leave the ED to verify if they were successfully connected to recovery support services.

Goals, Objectives & Outcomes                    Press Release



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Eden Cunningham