Workit Health Awarded Grant to Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment in California

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The funding will expand Workit Health’s telemedicine opioid use disorder program in several California counties.

We still lose 2,000 Californians a year to opioid-related deaths. Workit’s telemedicine program offers accessible, affordable care to those who are disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis.

Today, Workit Health announced it has been awarded grant funding through the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access Points Project, managed by the Center at Sierra Health Foundation. This funding will be used to expand Workit’s digital medication-assisted treatment program in California, and launch pilot partnerships with emergency departments in key California counties.

Workit Health was one of 120 organizations which received grant funding as part of the MAT Access Points Project, coordinating care to a total of 270 access points for medication-assisted treatment across California, with goals of ensuring the delivery of MAT will facilitate positive treatment outcomes, safe management of care transitions, and long-term recovery for people with substance and opioid use disorders.

“Workit Health’s digital opioid use disorder program allows us to go quickly into the communities lacking evidence based-care, and plug-in where needed with emergency departments and health care providers,” Lisa McLaughlin, Workit’s Co-Founder says. “We know MAT treatment works, and Workit’s outcomes show digital treatment is as effective as rehab.”

“California is one of the nation’s leaders in providing access to life-saving medication for opioid use disorder, but we still lose 2,000 Californians a year to opioid-related deaths,” Robin McIntosh, Workit’s Co-Founder, says. “Workit’s telemedicine program offers accessible, affordable care to those who need it most and are disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis.”

“Expanding MAT access points is a critical step forward in California’s effort to address the opioid epidemic taking place across our great state,” said Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. “A critical component of our effort is building the capacity of partners like Workit Health, who have the commitment and relationships required to reach people and families in communities that are experiencing poor access to MAT substance use disorder treatment and high opioid-related mortality rates.”

Throughout California, Workit Health has partnered with a diverse group of large self-insured employers including Steelcase and Kirkland & Ellis, providers including Medmark and BAART, and payers including Aetna. Over a year-long evaluation, 93 percent of Workit members reached abstinence from opioids after the first month in the program, and 84 percent remained off opioids after 12 months. Digital engagement remains high with members completing an average of three courses a week. The MAT Access Points Project is funded through the Department of Health Care Services California MAT Expansion Project and administered by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.

About Workit Health

Workit Health is an addiction healthcare company offering online, on-demand evidence-based addiction treatment including telehealth medication for opioid use disorder. We partner with healthcare organizations to deliver an innovative digital health solution that blends the best of human-centered design, technology, and science. Through our mobile and web apps, members meet with clinicians, counselors, and coaches and work on completing self-set recovery goals. Our interactive curriculum of over 1,000 engaging online courses keep members on track in the comfort of home. We offer 24/7 recovery that fits into daily life, designed by experts. Learn more at workithealth.com.

About MAT Access Points Project and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation works to promote health and racial equity in communities throughout California with local, state and national partners. Learn more at shfcenter.org

The goal of the MAT Access Points Project is to support Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) start-up activities and/or MAT enhancement efforts in at least 200 MAT Access Points throughout the state to increase prevention, treatment and recovery service activities for people with substance-use disorders. Learn more at mataccesspoints.org.

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