Drug addiction is one of the most prevalent public health crises facing the nation today. In western Massachusetts, from Worcester to Springfield, to Becket and up through North Adams, the addiction crisis is compounded by widespread poverty and limited access to resources. However, Medicaid, better known as MassHealth to Bay Staters, offers extensive mental health and substance use disorder benefits, making it easier to access western Massachusetts drug rehab programs.
At BrightView, our experienced team is passionate about getting everyone in western Massachusetts the addiction treatment they need. Contact us at 888.501.9865 for more information.
The Need for Medicaid Drug Rehab in Western MA
In 2019, data showed that in the commonwealth as a whole, deaths related to opioid overdoses were down. In western Massachusetts, however, there was a 73% increase in opioid deaths. Franklin County alone saw a 144% increase in opioid-related deaths between 2017 and 2019.1 Many people find it challenging to reach a place of sustainable recovery simply because they don’t have easy access to effective public health services or education.
As a result of this public health crisis, there is a strain placed on the greater infrastructure of rural western MA. There is a clear need for more access to resources, including drug rehab programs that take Medicaid.
For many, access to addiction treatment and support is challenged further by rural isolation, stigma, trauma, socioeconomic strain, inadequate transportation, and housing challenges. The addiction treatment infrastructure in the Bay State and supported by MassHealth (Medicaid) is growing at a rapid pace to meet these challenges.
Finding Medicaid Drug Rehab in Western Massachusetts
MassHealth-assisted drug rehab can help put an end to this public health crisis. Here are some of the benefits included with full and partial MassHealth plans:
- Addiction treatment services for the cost of your copay
- Mental Health treatment services for the cost of your copay
- Online and telehealth support services
- Case management support
- Healthcare services for children
- Access to treatment centers throughout the state of Massachusetts
- A hotline for understanding and applying for MassHealth benefits
- Referrals to resources and support groups
- Help with coordinating care and treatment
- Transportation assistance
- Gender-affirming care assistance
MassHealth can help you find qualifying treatment providers and make high-quality addiction treatment accessible and affordable. If you need addiction treatment support and feel uncertain about where to turn, MassHealth can help.
By logging in to your MassHealth account or calling a representative, you can access a list of MassHealth qualifying treatment centers accessible to western MA. In addition, their website includes many articles and resources designed to help you make sense of and maximize your MassHealth benefits.
When enrolling in addiction treatment, it’s essential to consider that you may use both your mental health and substance use disorder treatment benefits. MassHealth also offers assistance with transportation costs which can be prohibitive otherwise.
Reach Out to BrightView for Rehab Support
The BrightView team is friendly, professional, and passionate about providing Bay Staters with accessible addiction treatment. Our multidisciplinary treatment team employs evidence-based practices and prioritizes meeting people where they are. Our treatment methods focus on holistic healing and address root causes as well as the symptoms of addiction. In addition, we have extensive experience partnering with MassHealth to ensure that addiction treatment services are accessible to everyone who needs them.
Our Worcester location is within an hour’s drive from Springfield and just two hours from North Adams. All of our sites accept walk-ins until 3 pm every weekday. In many cases, we can provide treatment on the day you enroll.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards healing or have more questions, contact our experienced team at 888.501.9865.
1. RIZE Massachusetts – Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts