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The Role of State Behavioral Health Agencies and State Financing in Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment

August 14th, 2018  |  2-3:30 pm ET

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) — the combination of medications and behavioral therapy — is an effective opioid addiction treatment. Despite its effectiveness, evidence-based MAT for opioid use disorders is unavailable to many patients in a context that meets their clinical needs.
In this webinar, participants will hear from experts from state behavioral health agencies on how they are financing and expanding access to medication assisted treatment across settings. Discussion topics will include collaborations with Medicaid programs, use of discretionary and block grants, and changes in administrative policies.
This webinar is one of many activities that RTI is undertaking to combat the opioid epidemic and improve addiction treatment.

This webinar will be moderated by Jesse Hinde, Research Economist at RTI International.


Meet the Presenting States 

Jaime Powers is the Clinical and Recovery Services Unit Administrator for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) where she is responsible for overseeing all activities of the unit, including impaired driver services, specialty substance use disorder treatment services, direct client crisis services, and opioid treatment programs. Jaime also serves as a subject matter expert for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program and Medicaid substance use disorders benefit and as NH’s representative to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Director’s Treatment Coordinator Learning Community. Jaime earned her B.A. in Psychology from Colby-Sawyer College and worked in various areas of human services until completing her M.S. in Psychology at Walden University in 2008. Since that time, she has served as both a Counselor and Assistant Program Director for Phoenix Houses of New England and the Access to Recovery Treatment and Recovery Services Coordinator for BDAS before accepting her current position in 2013. Her experience includes systems development and management; quality monitoring and improvement; compliance monitoring; provider recruitment and training; provider and stakeholder relations; and direct substance use disorder counseling services.

Lindy Keller is a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the addiction and recovery field since 1980.  She received her A.B. from Duke University and her M.S. in Community Mental Health with a specialization in dual diagnosis from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her experience includes direct service, consultation, training and administration of programs addressing substance use disorders and promoting recovery.  She has conducted numerous trainings and is currently the Resources and Development Administrator for the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services in the NH Department of Health and Human Services.  In that position, she is responsible for working with human service, health, education and corrections programs to develop their capacities to respond to alcohol and other drug issues and to support recovery.  

Dr. Rick Massatti is the State Opioid Treatment Authority at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). Over the last 16 years, he has worked on substance use and mental health research, policies, and programs. Currently he oversees the federally licensed opioid treatment programs (OTPs). He is coordinating the efforts to bring new opioid treatment programs into the state, update the OTP administrative code, and implement a workforce development strategy to increase physician interest in medication assisted treatment. Dr. Massatti also has been at the forefront of documenting the opioid epidemic in Ohio through his work with the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, and has raised awareness about topics like naloxone used in overdose episodes and neonatal abstinence syndrome. He has also been an advocate of coordinated healthcare for drug-dependent pregnant women as part of the Maternal Opiate Medical Supports project.

Ellen Augspurger is the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment Project Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is currently leading a $10 million dollar statewide healthcare implementation project. 

New Hampshire

Jaime Powers, Clinical and Recovery Services Unit Administrator 
Lindy Keller, Resources and Development Administrator
New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services 



Mark Stringer serves as Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), where he is responsible for the overall operations of the department and its three divisions: Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Administrative Services. He is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor with over thirty years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health fields. After graduating magna cum laude from Westminster College, Mark served in the US Army as an officer with the 101st Airborne Division before moving into the behavioral health field. Since then he has directed adult and adolescent addiction treatment programs, a psychiatric hospital intake unit, an outpatient clinic, and an inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit. Along the way he earned a master’s degree in counseling from Truman University. In state government service at the Department of Mental Health, he was the behavioral health division director before becoming department director in July 2015. Mark currently serves as Policy Chair of the board of directors of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).

Nora Bock is currently the Director of Adult Community Treatment in the Division of Behavioral Health within the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She oversees compliance activities for mental health, substance use disorder, and integrated behavioral health programs. She establishes and implements policy and new initiatives in collaboration with other state and local stakeholders, including the Departments of Corrections, Social Services, and State Courts, as well as the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare. She graduated with her bachelors and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from Missouri State University. Ms. Bock is a licensed professional counselor.

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