In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the Psychiatric Research Institute’s Center for Addiction Services and Treatment (CAST) is providing funds to facilities across Arkansas offering medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid use disorder. The money will allow medical providers to offer treatment to patients without insurance or the ability to pay for services.
Medication-assisted treatment involves the use of medication to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms along with counseling and support to overcome the use of opioids. This includes methadone, which can only be dispensed through an opiate treatment program, products containing buprenorphine that require a federal waiver for prescribers and injectable naltrexone, which does not require special qualifications for prescribing.
The funds will cover expenses including the cost of medication, hiring peer support specialists, providing treatment services and even travel costs for patients using medication-assisted treatment.
To learn more about these funds and how to receive them, call (501) 526-8459 or (833) 872-7404 or e-mail Anner Douglas at ADouglas2@uams.edu.