Franciscan Health Foundation, on behalf of Franciscan Alliance, has been awarded a three-year, $1.57 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Administration (SAMHSA) to support medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder at Franciscan Health hospitals in Marion and Lake counties.

Franciscan Health Foundation has partnered with Prevention Insights, part of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, on a project to support and expand medication-assisted treatment of patients addicted to opioids.

Franciscan stated “MAT is the gold standard of care for patients with opioid use disorder, combining counseling and behavioral therapies with the use of medications, such as methadone or buprenorphine, to help people recover from addiction.”

Multiple staff and faculty members at Prevention Insights will be working on the project, primarily pertaining to evaluation, analysis and data interpretation, as well as technical assistance for implementation strategies.

The grant period begins immediately and will continue through March 2022.