Up until recently, primary care and mental health treatment settings have not been treatment settings where opiate replacement programs (e.g. methadone) operate. Opiate treatment programs have traditionally been thought of as stand-alone programs that tended to work in isolation. Recent advances and initiatives have changed this model of treatment and now, opiate replacement therapy can occur within a primary care and mental health settings. This resource describes barriers to the integration of opiate replacement care with primary care and mental health and offers practical solutions. Special emphasis can be placed on existing and potential contributions of nursing roles at all levels (LVN, RN, APRN) in promoting the integration of opiate replacement care with primary care and mental health treatment.
Access “Integrating Against Treatment in Primary Care and Mental Health Settings: A Clinical Model” at: https://pcssnow.org/event/integrating-agonist-treatment-in-primary-care-and-mental-health-settings-a-clinical-model/