Substance Use Disorder


Under the leadership of its board of trustees, The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association has created a Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force to develop provider focused strategies to help address the high incidence of opioid misuse that affects our communities.

Click here for detailed information on MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SUDPTTF). It is located on the association’s quality and patient safety website, PatientCareLink.
Governor Baker announced on Wednesday that he intends to file a new bill to address the opioid epidemic. The details of the bill have not been revealed yet, but the State House News Service quoted the governor as saying it would deal with “prevention
Saying that healthcare providers have “a moral obligation to help patients remain alive and healthy until they can choose recovery,” MHA on Wednesday testified in support of a Massachusetts senate bill that would allow DPH to implement safe injection
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MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding scope of practice changes and prescriptions.
The president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week issued its interim report, stating “our nation is in crisis” and calling on President Trump to declare the issue a national emergency.
At its Wednesday meeting, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) released data confirming what providers see each day from the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.
On Tuesday, August 8, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) is holding a peer-to-peer session on strategies for implementing pharmacologic treatment of substance use disorder in primary care settings.
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
Following legislative review by the recently created Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, the House and Senate last week approved differing bills that amend the state’s new law legalizing the commercial sale of marijuana.
MHA hosted an educational webinar Wednesday for the new Pain Stewardship Program (PSP) it announced with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
MHA, DPH and the Massachusetts Medical Society last week issued a letter to the heads of all residency programs – or Designated Institutional Officials – asking them to ensure that core competencies related to the use and prescribing of opioids.
MHA helped develop, and will issue, provider guidance for implementing a comprehensive pain stewardship program (PSP) within healthcare facilities.
In an era of increasing pressure on costs and quality improvement, Harrington Hospital announced recently that it resolved two pressing issues with a “best-of-both-worlds” solution.
The MHA Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to advocate for the creation of supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts.
The state’s Interagency Task Force on Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome issued its final report this week that assesses existing services and programs in the commonwealth for mothers and newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome
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Attorney General Maura Healey issued an advisory this week cautioning against recruiters that are luring Massachusetts residents in need of treatment to out-of-state facilities that provide “little or no care to the patients.”
The commercial sale of marijuana has been legalized in Massachusetts – but that doesn’t mean that the law as passed by ballot question last November is without fault and can’t be improved.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is expected to be named to the President's new opioid commission.
Emergency department (ED) boarding for patients in need of inpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder services is a problem.