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Webinar Replay: Overcoming Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder: Lessons for Providers, Payers, Policymakers, and the Healthcare Community at Large

This webinar was held on March 28, 2019, and was the fourth webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America.

The stigma associated with opioid use disorder impacts not only individuals seeking treatment, it also colors the attitudes of payers and providers charged with helping those struggling with addiction. The results can be devastating, with individuals avoiding care, providers refusing to administer certain treatments – including the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – and both patients and their families left with limited options.

During this webinar, HMA experts outlined the barriers to effective treatment caused by the stigma of opioid use disorder. Speakers also offered a series of concrete steps that payers and providers can take to ensure patients are seeking and receiving the best treatment options available.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn best practices for overcoming the stigma associated with opioid use disorder and increasing patient engagement in treatment.
  2. Understand how shame influences treatment choices among patients and families impacted by opioid use disorder and how stigma impacts the availability of treatment options.
  3. Find out how to identify and address punitive attitudes that may result in barriers for individuals in need of treatments such as MAT.
  4. Learn how providers are working to overcome the stigma associated with mental healthcare, HIV/AIDS, and other conditions, and why their experiences offer important insights for opioid addiction treatment.

HMA Speakers

  • Barry Jacobs, PsyD, Principal, Philadelphia
  • Uche Uchendu, MD, Principal, Washington, DC

Who Should Listen

State and local public health and behavioral health practitioners, Medicaid, and addiction treatment providers; clinical and administrative leaders of provider organizations, health systems, correctional health facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other provider organizations; executives of Medicaid managed care organizations and behavioral health plans.