Rhode Island’s opioid treatment providers (OTPs) implemented Health Homes, an innovative state-wide service delivery model focusing on improved health care management for patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for an opioid use disorder.
The Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island (OTARI) in collaboration with the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of Rhode Island (DATA of RI), sought to streamline the process by which the OTPs meet the reporting requirements of the Health Homes initiative.
Brave River Solutions custom programmed an application that assists all of the State’s OTPs in handling the new data and reports. The custom application permits each OTP to import their data into one central location.
The completed software application, developed collaboratively by OTARI, DATA of RI and Brave River Solutions, established a central point for data collection for the OTP Health Homes and offered a structure that allows for reporting as one entity or as individual organizations. This data can then be easily accessed by the State, meeting the reporting requirements of Health Homes.
DATA of RI is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1986 representing public and private alcohol and drug treatment, behavioral health, prevention and student assistant programs. DATA, in collaboration and partnership with the RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations (RICCMHO), is a sub-contractor for the State of Rhode Island’s Combined Behavioral Health Training & Technical Assistance Grant. The agencies work together to provide comprehensive training programs that lead to certifications and/or licensing for those working in the mental health and addiction fields.
The Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island (OTARI) was founded in 2006 to enhance patient care and the provision of treatment services to opioid dependent patients and their families throughout Rhode Island. Member programs: serve as a resource or participate in the development and advocation of legislation and/or policy regarding matters related to the delivery of opioid treatment services and patient care at local, state and national levels; collaborate and partner on state initiatives to promote and support the utilization of best practices in the provision of treatment services to opioid dependent patients; and work toward reducing stigma and discrimination among patients choosing to use medication assisted treatments as a tool in recovery
“Brave River Solutions worked with us to develop an application that alleviated the need for each OTP Health Home to report data to the State. They spent time to learn about the Health Home Initiative and its requirements, and developed an application that fully addresses our needs.”
Dr. Susan Storti, OTP Health Home Coordinator at DATA of RI