Health Affairs Institute was called on to evaluate facilitators and barriers to accessing opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and recovery supports to better understand factors that impact treatment access and recovery outcomes for West Virginia Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with OUD.
Evaluate facilitators and barriers to accessing OUD treatment and recovery supports to better understand factors that impact treatment access and recovery outcomes for WV Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with OUD.
Patients can benefit from strengthened support networks, additional provider education on stigma and person-centered care, more treatment options, and public interventions to reduce stigmatizing beliefs and behaviors. Our mixed methods approach found that:
- Inflexible care can lead to disengagement from treatment.
- Programs and support networks can alleviate transportation and financial barriers and increase access to care.
- Non-judgmental patient-provider relationships are highly valued, and stigma in community and medical settings can have significant negative effects on health and recovery.