Draft of Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment- Please Comment!

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We need everyone to read and comment on the New Proposed Guidelines for Opioid Treatment  by July 16, 2013.

Click Here to read the Draft of Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment April 2013.

May 17, 2013

Dear Colleague:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),  Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is seeking public comments  on the revised 2007 SAMHSA Guidelines for the Accreditation of Opioid Treatment Programs. These guidelines elaborated upon the Federal opioid treatment standards set forth under 42 CFR Part 8.
SAMHSA’s Final Rule published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2001, (“Final Rule” 66 FR 4075-4102, January 17, 2001) includes standards for opioid treatment programs  (OTPs). OTPs are required to provide treatment in accordance with these  standards as a basis for SAMHSA certification. These standards address  patient admission, medical and counseling services, drug testing, and  other requirements. The final rule also established an accreditation  requirement. Each OTP is required to obtain and maintain accreditation  from an accreditation organization approved by SAMHSA under 42 CFR Part 8. Accreditation organizations that provide OTP accreditation under the  final rule are required to apply for and obtain SAMHSA approval. Under 42 CFR 8.3(a)(3), each accreditation organization must develop a set of accreditation  elements or standards together with a detailed discussion of how these  elements will assure that each OTP surveyed by the accreditation  organization is meeting each for the Federal opioid treatment standards.
The Federal Guidelines for  Opioid Treatment are intended to inform accreditation organizations in  revising their accreditation standards. In addition, the Guidelines  provide useful elaborations on the regulatory standards set forth under 42 CFR Part 8. As such, the updated guidelines will assist both accreditation  organizations and OTPs in complying with regulatory requirements.
Prepared initially in 1997,  SAMHSA’s Guidelines for Opioid Treatment are being updated now to  reflect new information and research in the field of opioid assisted  treatment. CSAT convened an expert panel to provide the draft guideline  now being circulated for comment. CSAT is soliciting comments on the  guideline from the public, and expects comments from OTPs, accreditation organizations, patients, the medical community, and other interested  parties.
In order to publish a revised guideline, CSAT will consider all comments  submitted by July 16, 2013. The draft guideline is accessible at www.dpt.samhsa.gov/regulations/accreditation.aspx. You may submit electronic comments to DPT@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be mailed to the following address ONLY:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Attention:  DPT Federal Register Representative, Division of Pharmacologic  Therapies, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1044, Rockville, MD 20857.   Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before  the close of the comment period.
H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., CAS, FASAM Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

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