MedPage Today June 20, 2024
Shannon Firth

— Access to medications for people with co-occurring disorders needs improvement, researchers say

Despite high rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) among people with mental health disorders, only a third of community outpatient mental health treatment facilities in 20 high-burden states offered medications for OUD, a cross-sectional study showed.

Among the 450 community outpatient mental health treatment facilities surveyed, weighted estimates showed that 34% offered medications for OUD, reported Jonathan Cantor, PhD, of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and co-authors in JAMA Network Open.

Facility-level factors associated with increased odds of offering medications for OUD included:

  • Having Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) status: OR 2.11 (95% CI 1.08-4.11)
  • Providing integrated mental and substance use disorder treatment:...

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