ECHO: Expanding community-based treatment for opioid use disorder

With our country in the midst of an opioid crisis, the call for health care innovation around substance use disorder has never been stronger. Committed to addressing that crisis, Beacon is the first managed behavioral health organization to officially partner with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a health care model that increases access for individuals with complex care issues to the care they require through specialty training at the primary care level.

Revolutionizing how non-specialty providers learn about specialty conditions, the ECHO model employs the specialty expertise of top clinicians and thought leaders in their respective fields, who then share their knowledge and experience to community providers via videoconferencing modules. Beacon’s multi-disciplinary clinical team contributes to this “hub-and-spoke” network with sessions covering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for treating opioid use disorder (OUD). Our involvement in Project ECHO gives Beacon the opportunity to assist even more of the 2 million Americans addicted to prescription opioids, especially those in rural areas where access to such care is even more limited.

Learn more about Project ECHO in the two-minute introduction video below, and read more about Beacon’s participation in the project in our Newsroom and on our blog.