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State, Pyramid team up on free drug rehab app

From Mirror staff reports

The state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has been joined by substance use disorder treatment provider Pyramid Healthcare Inc. of Altoona to encourage use of the free and confidential Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform, “ATLAS” in Pennsylvania.

“At a time when we’re seeing an increase in substance use and overdose deaths across Pennsylvania, it is vitally important for anyone with a substance use disorder seeking help to receive high-quality treatment,” special assistant to the DDAP Secretary Steve Ross said in a statement. “The benefits of this new tool include monitoring the quality of treatment providers in Pennsylvania and giving individuals and families a trusted resource to locate quality care for themselves and their loved ones. We are thankful for Pyramid’s participation in this valuable resource.”

ATLAS aims to bridge the gap between treatment access and client engagement by helping individuals navigate available behavioral health treatment options that best fit their recovery needs.

A total of 515 SUD treatment facilities, or 67% of the total DDAP licensed facilities, across the state have submitted their information to be included in ATLAS. An additional open enrollment period for facilities who missed the first deadline will be available this fall.

ATLAS evaluates addiction treatment facilities’ use of evidence-based best practices based on the Shatterproof National Principles of Care, includes an assessment to understand the appropriate level of care, and offers an easy-to-use dashboard to allow those in need and their loved ones to search for and compare facilities using criteria such as location, services offered, and insurance accepted so they can find the best treatment for their unique needs. ATLAS is available in English and Spanish.

The tool also gathers and displays anonymous feedback from patients on their experiences at facilities once a minimum threshold of 20 responses for the facility is met.

Anyone who has received treatment from a facility in Pennsylvania is encouraged to visit ATLAS to search for the facility and leave a patient review.

ATLAS was created by Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in America. In addition to Pennsylvania, ATLAS is currently in Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, North Carolina, West Virginia and New Jersey.

Since the launch in Pennsylvania last June, nearly 9,800 users visited the ATLAS site, 5,100 treatment searches were made and more than 1,100 treatment facilities were viewed through the platform.

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