Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many governors were looking for ways to strengthen substance use disorder (SUD) provider capacity as part of their comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic. However, the imperative is now greater than ever as providers and states face unprecedented fiscal challenges, and there are increasing reports that the country is seeing an increase in need for SUD treatment as a result of the stress, social isolation, and job loss associated with the pandemic.
At the same time, SUD providers, many of whom are Medicaid providers, are facing financial hardship as they lose revenue due to lower utilization, face new costs for personal protective equipment, and are required to reconfigure their work spaces and approach to providing care to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
In “State Strategies to Support Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services Through the COVID-19 Pandemic,” prepared on behalf of the National Governors Association and in partnership with the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Manatt Health provides an overview of strategies that governors are using to address these challenges even as they face the most severe fiscal crisis seen in decades. (2020)