UPMC partners with state for grant to fight opioid abuse

The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care will serve as the primary partner and subcontractor to oversee program and financial administration of a $5.7 million grant from the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The grant will expand, enhance and evaluate access to medication-assisted treatment services for people struggling with opioids in Blair, Clinton, Erie and Lycoming counties, according to the health center.

Pennsylvania is one of six states funded, all of which have high per capita rates of opioid use disorders and overdose deaths due to heroin and other opioids.

The partnership will help support and evaluate a hub-and-spoke model centered in each county’s Single County Authority. These authorities around the state organize and coordinate community-based drug and alcohol programs in the county (or counties) they serve.

UPMC hopes this will increase in the number of admissions for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction; an increase in the number of clients receiving integrated treatment; a decrease in illicit opioid drug use by the individuals in treatment at the six-month follow up; and a decrease in the use of prescription opioids in a non-prescribed manner at the six-month follow up.