Opioid abuse task force looks for ways to expand treatment

Repeal of regulation could increase treatment

MADISON, Wis. - At a meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, a licensed psychotherapist presented a plan to expand addiction treatment by 500 percent.

Dr. Brad Boivin has a unique perspective on the problem.  He lost his brother to an opioid overdose because they were unable to get him treatment.

Boivin asked the task force to consider repealing a state regulation requiring licensed psychotherapists to have additional certification that would allow them to treat substance abuse disorder.

“This one act of repealing regulations that require licensed psychotherapists to obtain additional certification to treat patients with substance abuse disorder has the potential to increase access to drug addiction treatment in our state by 500 percent, without having to spend a single dime,” said Boivin.


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