Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $1,000,000/year for 3 years
  • Project Period: 09/01/2016 – 08/31/2019
  • Targeted Area: Greater New Orleans (Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemine Parishes)


The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) received the Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) Grant to expand and enhance capacity for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), wraparound services and recovery support services for individuals with opioid use disorders. The Greater New Orleans area was identified as the region in the state with the most opioid overdose deaths. Funding to Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) for administration will allow a network of programs in the three-parish (Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemine) catchment to increase the total number of individuals receiving MAT services and integrated care. The ultimate goal is to decrease illicit substance use and behavioral health access disparities among the population of focus. The lessons learned will be translated and shared with other LGE’s statewide.

Status: (Updated May 2017)

As of April 2017, OBH has exceeded year 1 goals by treating over 50 patients suffering from opioid use disorder. One contributing factor that helped OBH supersede its goal is the Resource Coordinators. Resource Coordinators are vital to the client services related to the program. They provide clients with care coordination including appropriate referrals for community-based resources that are within the service parameters.

ContactsTraci Perry, Principal Investigator; Christopher Guillory, MAT-PDOA Program Manager 


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