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SAMHSA Extends Take-Home Methadone Flexibilities to OTPS for One Year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on Thursday said it will extend for one year the methadone take-home flexibilities it provided to opioid treatment programs (OTPs) at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 and is “considering mechanisms to make this flexibility permanent.”

This flexibility has allowed OTPs to dispense 28 days of take-home methadone doses for stable patients and up to 14 days of take-home methadone medication to less stable patients, based on provider assessments.

SAMHSA’s announcement said it is extending the flexibilities for a year “effective upon the eventual expiration of the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency.”

Click here to read SAMHSA’s announcement.