4 states, nonprofit will create quality ratings for addiction programs

Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New York have joined forces with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization, to create and implement a rating system for addiction treatment programs.

The Shatterproof rating system aims to improve the quality of addiction treatment and is based on eight core principles of care, including universal screening for substance use disorders across care settings; access to FDA-approved medications; and access to trained behavioral healthcare providers. The rating system will be piloted for two years in select states before being expanded across the country.

"The rating system creates a standard of care across the currently fragmented addiction treatment system," said Samantha Arsenault, director of national treatment quality initiatives at Shatterproof. "Regardless of where someone goes for addiction treatment, they should expect care consonant with core evidence-based medical practices, just as they would with other diseases."

Massachusetts became the first state to partner with Shatterproof on the rating system in February. Delaware is the most recent state to join the pilot.

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