Addiction Treatment

What’s new?

  • S1012, the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act, allows “use or disclosure” of the content of records to carry out substance use disorder(SUD) treatment, payment or health care operations as defined under current HIPAA regulations. You can click here to use our Action Center to ask your Senator to co-sponsor S1012.
  • Last year, Congress held hearings on dozens of proposals aimed at addressing the unprecedented opioid crisis facing the United States with the stated goal of passing legislation before Memorial Day (2018) but the legislation was stalled.
  • The Federal budget passed in March contained specific funding to fight opioid abuse in several ways.

What’s the issue?

  • Comprehensive substance abuse treatment is delivered in many different settings using a variety of behavioral and pharmacological approaches by a wide range of providers.
  • Addiction treatment is a major public health problem combatted with resources at the local, state and federal level.
  • Managed care has, unfortunately, resulted in shorter average stays and  insufficient coverage that impacts holistic care for individuals suffering from addiction.
  • HR 3545/SR 1850 removes barriers to holistic treatment of a patient by allowing access to mental health and physical health records under current HIPAA regulations.

Why does it matter?

  • Substance use disorder is a chronic illness for which there is no cure yet it is treatable.
  • The goal is holistic recovery that allows affected individuals to live productive and fulfilling lives as they manage the symptoms of their illness.
  • According to the CDC, the national death rate from synthetic opioids increased 72.2% from 2014 to 2015. In Illinois, that percentage increase was 120%. In short, the opioid epidemic is the most significant public health and public safety crisis facing Illinois.
  • Of the 2,278 Illinois statewide drug overdose deaths during 2016, over 80 percent (1,826) were opioid-related fatalities.

What is the AMITA Health perspective?

  • We are all part of the solution. The opioid crisis affects everyone in the state in some way. Its victims are of all ages, races, and walks of life. The causes of the epidemic are complex.  As the largest provider of behavioral health services in the state, we must work with everyone—health care providers, local agencies, law enforcement, community groups, individual citizens, and national partners—toward a solution.
  • AMITA Health is committed to holistic care. As a leader in behavioral health, AMITA Health recognizes that addiction treatment is most effective when it can be addressed in the context of a patient’s physical health and social environment.
  • We are called to be a voice for the voiceless.   Catholic social teaching calls us to advocate for those who do not have a voice and to fight for social justice. AMITA Health is committed to pay special attention to those most likely to lack access to health care, many of whom are in desperate need of treatment.

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GOP panel proposes lifting Medicaid limits on opioid care

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday night unveiled a proposal to lift limits on Medicaid paying for opioid treatment. The proposal ...

The Hill + April 05, 2018 + View Article

House lawmakers hope to bring opioid legislation to vote before Memorial Day

A key House committee will hold the last of three major hearings to address the opioid crisis on April 11, and hopes to bring a legislative ...

STAT + March 29, 2018 + View Article