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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.