State adds five opioid treatment programs

GREENWOOD — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) today announced the agency will add five opioid treatment programs as part of the state’s effort to respond to an ongoing drug epidemic. Indiana will have 19 treatment programs to administer medication assisted treatment to qualifying Hoosiers currently recovering from substance use disorders. The treatment uses FDA-approved medications to help people manage their addiction so that they can maintain the benefits of recovery.

FSSA Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall made the announcement today and was joined by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Jim McClelland, Indiana’s Executive Director for Drug Treatment, Prevention and Enforcement at Valle Vista Health System, a new treatment site in Greenwood. Walthall also announced beginning Aug. 1, most Indiana Medicaid members, including all Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) members, will have coverage for all services provided in the state’s treatment programs, including coverage of methadone for substance use disorder.

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