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Senator Warren Releases Findings Of Survey Of Massachusetts Addiction Treatment Providers

Aug 29, 2017 04:48AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Senator Elizabeth Warren

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.)

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the findings of the survey she launched in March, of organizations across Massachusetts providing dedicated  treatment services for patients struggling with addiction. In a report, the senator analyzed the responses of more than 50 addiction treatment and recovery service providers in the Commonwealth, highlighting the role of these organizations in combatting the ongoing opioid epidemic. The report also detailed the challenges many of the providers face in providing essential services.

Based on the survey results, the report found that:

  1. Massachusetts facilities are able to provide high quality care made possible by high rates of insurance coverage;
  2. These facilities continue to face challenges with long waiting times, providing referral services, and behavioral health coverage parity; and
  3. Grants and support from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice provide critical support for efforts to address the opioid epidemic.

"The opioid epidemic is an ongoing crisis, and it demands an all-hands-on-deck response.  Addiction treatment centers and community health centers are on the front lines of this fight, and this survey helps us better understand the important work they do," Senator Warren said. "I'm doing everything I can in Washington to make sure people struggling with addiction get the care they need, and I am committed to helping the medical professionals, community organizations, and state and local officials who are responding to this public health crisis."

Read a PDF copy of the report detailing the survey's findings here.

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