Center of Excellence for Opioid Use Disorder
The opioid addiction crisis
Each day in the United States, over 144 people die as a result of a drug overdose. In Pennsylvania, in 2016, over 1,800 people died as a result of an opioid overdose.*
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services established Center of Excellence (COE) grant funding& to help people with an opioid disorder (and possible co-occurring disorders) navigate the health care system and stay engaged in treatment.
There are six Centers of Excellence for drug and alcohol treatment in Allegheny County. The Allegheny Health Network (AHN) COE is here to address the growing need to provide opioid treatment services in AHN facilities.
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015
Meeting goals with a team-based approach
The AHN COE has a team-based approach with a focus on identifying the needs of the whole person. Our goal is to integrate behavioral health treatment into primary care.
Our community-based care management team:
- Includes a registered nurse, master’s level social worker, and three peer recovery specialists
- Guides patients to the specific support services that they need
- Oversees everything from evaluation to the referral process through to follow-up car
We coordinate behavioral and physical health treatments to minimize our patients’ anxiety and speed the time to accessing treatment and any other services they need.
The COE is working within primary care settings to provide medication assisted treatment (MAT) to appropriate Medicaid patients.
The AHN COE offers:
- Peer support
- Care management
- Naloxone for the prevention of overdose
- Medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol
- Consultation, referral/navigation to treatment in the emergency department and inpatient settings for opioid users
- Harm-reduction based interventions for persons who remain active in use, such as, referral to syringe access services, safer injection teaching, and prevention of overdose.
- Screening for injection related infections such as HIV and HCV
- Wound management for injection related wounds
- Referral and assistance with housing, transportation, and other social supports
Half-Day MAT Clinics are provided onsite through:
Forbes Family Medicine in Monroeville
Allegheny General Internal Medicine in Northside, Pittsburgh
If you or someone you know is looking for more information or wishes to start treatment, please contact our COE at 412-359-4644.
Please note: The AHN COE is funded as a physical health provider. Our COE is not a licensed drug and alcohol facility or a detox facility.