Thanks to a $7.6 million federal grant, new locations around the state will begin offering medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, the Washington State Health Care Authority recently announced.

Medication-assisted treatment involves both medication and counseling and behavioral therapies.

Of the 17 new locations and organizations, three are located in the South Sound: the Tacoma Fire Department, the Kitsap County Jail, and Capitol Recovery Center in Olympia.

Other locations include Summit Pacific Medical Center in Grays Harbor County, Valley Medical Center in Renton, Peace Health in Vancouver, and Community Psychiatric Clinic in Seattle.

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Courtesy Washington State Health Care Authority.

“We are building a treatment network that will help ensure all Washingtonians have access to evidence-based medication-assisted treatment,” said Washington’s Health Care Authority Director Sue Birch. “Treatment, combined with ongoing public education and prevention efforts, will help us overcome this crisis affecting so many of our families and friends.”

The new locations are part of a larger network established by the Washington State Hub and Spoke Project. The “hub and spoke” model connects several community health providers around a central hub that provides medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. Under this model, the central healthcare facility (the “hub”) can subcontract with surrounding clinics and other agencies (the “spokes”) to offer access to the treatment.

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