Develop Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Standards
BHAP will create guidelines for evidence-based psychosocial treatment of opioid use disorders and provide clinical training on evidence-based practices for behavioral health providers.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has published a National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use. A mere two pages of the 66-page document reference psychosocial treatment with a call to action regarding identifying the comparative advantages of psychosocial treatments in combination with pharmacotherapies. The practical evidence is overwhelmingly positive that substance abuse treatment outcomes are greatly improved with effective counseling and behavioral therapies.