Drug Addiction Treatment

The Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Drug Addiction Treatment Program seeks to ensure universal access to treatment services for all in need regardless of income or insurance status.

PRIORITIES

Using the opportunity of health care reform to help Baltimore City and Maryland as a whole reach nearly universal access to a comprehensive, high-quality public treatment system.

The most overarching opportunity, and challenge, to the field is the passage of national health care reform. If the national, state, and local rules and regulations create a meaningful addiction treatment benefit, for the first time there would be nearly universal access to substance use disorder services. While it is an enormous opportunity, challenges abound. Health care reform implementation is occurring quickly and requires advocates to be nimble and remain vigilant. The initiative supports education, advocacy and communication efforts that support the inclusion of substances use disorder services in health care reform.

Ensuring access to high quality public substance use disorder services for those that remain uninsured after the 2014 health care reform implementation.

Health Care Reform can ensure a massive expansion of treatment availability. But, despite the great promise of reform there will remain people who cannot afford or are unable to obtain health coverage. For this reason, the Open Society-Institute Baltimore supports education and advocacy efforts that seek to preserve the current state and federal block grants that provide access to treatment for those that are uninsured or underinsured.

Facilitating the creation of and help to sustain a strong, diverse addiction treatment advocacy community, inclusive of those most affected by substances use disorder services policies.

The initiative supports the establishment of a diverse advocacy community calling for access to high quality addiction treatment and an end to the discriminatory policies against people with substance use disorders.