MAT ACCESS POINT PROGRAM
$150,000 Awarded to Local Center to Support Medication-Assisted Treatment Efforts
Harmony Health Clinic and Family Resource Center working to increase treatment and recovery service activities for people with substance use and opioid use disorders
Yuba and Sutter Counties, Calif. – Harmony Health Medical Clinic and Family Resource Center is pleased to announce an award from The Center at
Sierra Health Foundation for $150,000 to support patients enrolled in their Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. The Center at Sierra Health Foundation through the MAT Access Points Project has distributed more than $16.4 million awarded to 120 organizations at more than 270 sites/access points throughout California. This funding will ensure that the delivery of MAT facilitates positive treatment outcomes, safe management of care transitions and long-term recovery for people with opioid and other substance use disorders.
Harmony Health's funding will support three case manager positions, one at each of Harmony Health’s sites. Harmony Health has five providers who have obtained the DATA waiver and in the past year, has assisted about 50 patients with Opioid Use Disorder transition from narcotics to Suboxone. “We are embracing the needs of patients with substance use disorder as another opportunity to serve the underserved patients in Yuba and Sutter Counties,” said Rachel Farrell, CEO of Harmony Health.
In addition to MAT, Harmony Health offers pain management treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Living Well (substance use support group) and neurofeedback treatments as well as complementary medicine including meditation class, acupuncture and chiropractic services.
“Expanding MAT access points is a critical step forward in California’s effort to address the opioid epidemic taking place across our great state,” said Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, which manages the MAT Access Points Project. “A critical component of our effort is building the capacity of partners who have the commitment and relationships required to reach people and families in communities that are disproportionately experiencing poor access to MAT substance use disorder treatment and high opioid-related mortality rates.”
MAT Access Points Project is funded through the Department of Health Care Services California MAT Expansion Project and administered by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.