The Wright Center for Community Health has been awarded $977,022 to implement a Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) program designed to increase access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) throughout northeast Pennsylvania. The PacMAT program is funded through $26.5M in federal resources recently allocated to Pennsylvania through the 21st Century Cures Act.
Under the PacMAT initiative, ten existing primary care practices in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Wayne and Susquehanna counties will engage and collaborate to care for individuals with opioid use disorder using The Wright Center’s established workflow and model. The Wright Center will serve as the “hub” of the proposed network, sharing best practices to partnering “spokes” to address unmet treatment needs through prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives.
President/CEO of The Wright Center, Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD stated, “The Wright Center is privileged to have been selected as a Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) program recipient under Governor Wolf’s courageous crusade against our state and national opioid epidemic. Fueled by the federal 21st Century Cures Act, the PacMAT initiative will allow The Wright Center to expand the scope and multiply the impact of our well-established, 2017-designated Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence. Our PacMAT hub and spoke network will expand nondiscriminatory access to recovery oriented addiction services through intentional connection of our regional primary care delivery systems, enabling enhancement of Information Technology infrastructure and strategic coordination of addiction counselling services and resource agencies. Sustainable solutions for complex societal debacles like our opioid epidemic require empowering collective impact programs like PacMAT. These are the types of community based programs that will drive culture change across communities and within health care delivery systems, while reducing stigma and fostering skill sets to promote recovery and resilience amongst current and future workforce. The Wright Center is passionately committed to stewarding these public funds effectively to ensure measurable impact on the health and welfare of our patients, families and the state of Pennsylvania.”
In late 2016, The Wright Center was designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence (COE). Currently, 13 Wright Center providers are MAT-certified and three physicians are board certified in addiction medicine. Since The Wright Center’s COE program became operational in early 2017, more than 300 individuals have been engaged into treatment.