Thomas Jefferson University
Effective treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) remains out of reach for many people who seek recovery assistance, particularly for people living in poverty. Two organizations on the front lines of the local crisis—Thomas Jefferson University and Project HOME—teamed up to pilot a new model of care. Led by Dr. Lara Weinstein, the integrated model combines primary care, behavioral health services and medication treatment, offered in a Federally Qualified Health Center setting. Integrating treatment of OUD into primary care represents a paradigm shift: from isolated treatment facilities to re-positioning services holistically along a lifelong wellness continuum. By combining these particular services, providing them in a community-based setting and offering them to groups of people, Jefferson believes they are creating a game-changing vehicle to support patients in need of effective, affordable and rapid treatment. With outreach support from Prevention Point Philadelphia and Pathways to Housing PA, the partners will run the program and conduct a corresponding evaluation of both its efficacy and cost savings to date. Jefferson will then disseminate lessons-learned through conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications and media outreach.