DCF to Conduct Needs Assessment for Expansion of Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2017

DCF to Conduct Needs Assessment for Expansion of
Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) this week revised state rule to expand methadone medication-assisted treatment to help fight the national opioid epidemic in Florida. The emergency rule for 65D-30.014, Florida Administrative Code, was adopted through emergency rulemaking as a result of Governor Rick Scott signing Executive Order 17-146 on May 3, declaring a statewide Public Health Emergency and directing the immediate draw down of grant funds through the federal State Targeted Response the Opioid Crisis Grant.

“The adoption of this rule and the needs assessment will facilitate the expansion of methadone treatment to help treat those struggling with opioid use disorders,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “Ensuring access to care is an essential element in fighting the opioid epidemic and helping individuals and families recover.”

With the adoption of the rule, DCF will conduct an annual statewide methadone needs assessment that examines information on treatment, consequences of opioid use, and data on treatment accessibility. The results of the needs assessment will be published and providers will be able to submit applications for licensure to provide methadone treatment. Applications will be approved based on specific criteria and the need in the community.

More than $17 million of Florida’s $27 million State Targeted Response grant is allocated directly for medication-assisted treatment in communities to address the opioid epidemic. An increase in methadone providers will help accommodate the critical need for more methadone medication-assisted treatment providers.

Contact: DCF Press Office, (850) 717-4450