Emmanuel and Carol Merchiers, of Speedway, discuss losing their 19-year-old son Alex to an accidental fentanyl overdose at a Sept. 29, 2023, event unveiling a new treatment dashboard. (Niki Kelly/Indiana Capital Chronicle)
Hoosiers struggling with substance use disorder will now be able to use a free, confidential, first-of-its-kind tool to find appropriate addiction treatment services in Indiana.
Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday announced the launch of Shatterproof Treatment Atlas at an event celebrating the end of National Recovery Month.
“Hoosiers with substance use disorder deserve timely access to quality care as soon as they’re ready to accept help,” he said. “Treatment Atlas puts recovery within immediate reach, giving Hoosiers and their loved ones a trusted resource to find evidence-based, high-quality treatment that meets their unique needs, anywhere in the state.”
Indiana is one of 13 states to partner with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending addiction, to launch Treatment Atlas. Indiana’s participation is funded by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction.
The dashboard allows individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders to search for and compare participating programs using criteria such as location, services offered, populations served and insurance accepted so they can make an informed decision.
It lists all 605 addiction treatment facilities certified by the state and measures addiction treatment facilities’ use of evidence-based practices.
Hoosiers can take an anonymous 10-question Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment to help identify and understand the level of care they need.
“Prior to Treatment Atlas, there was no easy way for Hoosiers to access this level of transparency when seeking (substance use disorder) treatment,” said Douglas Huntsinger, executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement for the state of Indiana. “We can have all the parts and pieces of an expansive recovery infrastructure, but people need to know how to access them. Indiana is proud to bring this national solution to Hoosiers.”
To prepare for the statewide launch of Treatment Atlas, state officials trained peer recovery coaches, 9-8-8 and 2-1-1 call center staff, care navigators, public defenders, parole officers, probation officers, mobile response and crisis response teams, and law enforcement personnel on how to use the dashboard to refer individuals to treatment.
The online platform can be accessed at TreatmentAtlas.org.
Individuals can also dial 2-1-1 to be connected to local treatment and resources. Individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide, or a mental health or substance use crisis, should call or text 9-8-8 and speak with a trained crisis specialist.
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