Senate Bill 33: Merritt (R-Indianapolis), would establish Indiana’s Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers (CARC) grant program to be administered by the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction. This critical new program is based on recently passed federal opioid reforms and would create a pathway for establishing a CARC in each of Indiana’s nine Congressional Districts, insuring residents have access to comprehensive evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
CARCs would help fill the need for coordinated, comprehensive, patient-centered care in Indiana. The current addiction treatment system is fragmented and composed of several types of settings, which provide varying degrees of treatment services. The treatment provided is often highly-specialized, consisting of a specific option instead of offering truly comprehensive, patient-centered care. Patient access and choice of treatment is often dependent on the provider they happen to see as opposed to the continuum of services required by the patient based on clinical need.
A CARC would provide the following:
- Patients would be connected, either on-site or through established referral networks, to a wide range of evidence-based, patient-centered treatment services as well as recovery support programs including, but not limited to: all forms of MAT; detoxification; counseling; residential rehabilitation; recovery housing; community-based and peer recovery support services; and job training and placement assistance.
- On-site pharmacy and toxicology services as well as a secure and confidential electronic health information system would be available as well.
- Serve as links to communities, providing outreach staff to work with local schools, workplaces, faith-based organizations and state and local health departments to provide information about provided services.
- Make available on-line evidence-based resources to educate both providers and the public about substance use disorder.
- Provide valuable information and data about what treatments work for what patients, helping to inform more broad treatment practices.