Task Force Aims to Impose Standards on Addiction Treatment Field

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A group of addiction treatment experts and insurance company executives have formed a task force that aims to impose standards on the addiction treatment field, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Substance Use Treatment Task Force will evaluate treatment approaches shown to be most effective, and draft a plan to ensure that state agencies and insurance companies require addiction treatment centers to use those approaches as a condition for licensing and payment.

The group includes Penny Mills, Chief Executive of the American Society of Addiction Medicine; Michael Botticelli, former Director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy; and officials from Cigna and UnitedHealth Group. Gary Mendell, founder of the addiction advocacy group Shatterproof, is organizing the task force.

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    David

    April 20, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Our field needs to put the needs of our patients/clients first and acknowledge that our success rates are abysmally low. SAMSHA, OASAS and other funders of treatment need to demand outcome results for every funded program rather than obsessively focus audits just on conformance with regulations. Lives are being lost and the addiction treatment agencies continue to gobble up billions of dollars and have paltry results.

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    Howard

    April 20, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Something like this is long overdue. There are many wonderful, lifesaving programs out there. However, there are just as many or even more that are dangerous scams. There needs to be an independent organization, like Underwriters Laboratories or AAA that rates these places.

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