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Addiction Treatment Services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Receives 2013 Science and Service Award from SAMHSA

June 7, 2013

Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) received the 2013 Science and Service Award for the Treatment of Opioid-related Disorders from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The award recognizes excellence in opioid treatment programs, providers who use medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid-related disorders, and those who have successfully implemented innovative services or practices that resulted in improved patient outcomes. Awards were given in two categories: Opioid Treatment Programs and Office-based Opioid Treatment. ATS received an award in the Opioid Treatment Program category.

ATS is a community-based program that provides methadone maintenance and a range of outpatient drug abuse treatment services for patients with opioid dependence, and other substance abuse and psychotic disorders. The program developed the Motivated Stepped Care (MSC) treatment model, which provides a set of behavioral standards that reinforce accountability for treatment and attendance to scheduled services. This “adaptive stepped care” approach matches the type and intensity of clinical services to the severity of the addiction. Patients with partial and poor clinical responses to treatment undergo a more intensive program, while those who have good responses receive less intensive and demanding treatment schedules. Clinical treatment under the MSC model includes routine and specialized individual and group therapies, behavioral interventions to motivate therapy attendance and a broad range of medications that reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs.

ATS has used the MSC model for more than 15 years. Through a number of publications, this model has shown engagement in other important recovery-related activities, including employment, health care and building drug free support.

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