Wisconsin Public Radio: DHS Head Looks To Build On Wisconsin’s Approach To Opioid Addiction

Wisconsin Public Radio: DHS Head Looks To Build On Wisconsin’s Approach To Opioid Addiction

The head of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services is emphasizing the importance of coordinating care for those dealing with opioid addiction.

Secretary Andrea Palm told WPR’s “The Morning Show” Thursday that DHS and its partners are designing a program aimed at better coordinating a patient’s addiction treatment with other physical and mental health care.

The “hub and spoke” model, as it’s called, is aimed at increasing access to treatment for those dealing with substance abuse disorders. The Wisconsin program would run in two rural communities and one urban area.

Palm said the department will continue to focus on what researchers have found to be most effective, such as “reducing prescribing, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment — there’s emerging evidence around peer support and other models that help folks who have beat the addiction to maintain their sobriety and their recovery.”

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