CareSource Launches Substance Use Program
Nonprofit health plan CareSource is partnering with Wayspring in Tennessee, a treatment services provider for people with substance use disorder, to launch the SUD Home program in Indiana. CareSource says the program aims to reduce the barriers on members with substance use disorder throughout the rehabilitation process.
CareSource says the program will help clients get established with a primary care provider and its case management team will work with program participants to develop an individualized and integrated care plan, as well as set up assistance for transportation, appointment scheduling and housing.
CareSource says Wayspring’s analytics platform and team of medical clinicians, social workers and peer recovery specialists will be leveraged to help promote a greater exchange of data, shared problem solving and clinical rounds.
“The challenges that our communities and individuals with SUD face have never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher,” said Carter Paine, chief executive officer of Wayspring. “Through this innovative partnership with CareSource, we will work together to solve the complex social, medical and behavioral needs of this population with a community-based service offering.”
CareSource says the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the number of mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten individuals relied on substance use in order to cope with stress brought on by the pandemic.
“The process of accessing and completing proper treatment and care for substance use disorder was greatly hindered during the beginning months of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Steve Smitherman, president of CareSource Indiana. “Simultaneously, the number of vulnerable Hoosiers within these populations greatly increased as well as the barriers standing in their way of receiving assistance.”
Th program will launch in central Indiana and is available to eligible Medicaid members.