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Emergency Rule Bolsters Maine Opioid Treatment

The head of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services signed an emergency rule today aimed at providing treatment for MaineCare recipients and the uninsured who are struggling with opioid dependency.

Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the “opioid health home” model is a team-based approach that treats the whole person through substance abuse counseling, care coordination, medication-assisted treatment, peer support and medical consultation.

The program will be paid for using $3 million from the general fund and $1.8 million in federal Medicaid matching funds. The initiative is expected to serve more than 400 individuals.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.