DSHS releases RFQ for additional Hub and Spoke treatment networks

DSHS’s Behavioral Health Administration released an RFQ on Monday to develop five new Medically Assisted Treatment Hub and Spoke networks for the treatment of substance use disorders in Eastern Washington and other areas of the state not yet served by such networks. The proposed contracts will have an estimated value of $789,825 each and could be awarded as soon as this Fall.

Washington initially received money from the federal States Targeted Response grant in May 2017 following Governor Inslee’s declaration of a public health emergency in response to the opioid crisis. The first round of networks launched in August 2017 in Western Washington. This expansion comes as state lawmakers included more than $10 million to support opioid abuse treatment, including the growing the hub-and-spoke program, in the 2018 supplemental budget.

Hub and Spoke networks are designed to provide coordinated care to patients treated for substance use disorder. The Hub serves as the central point for medically assisted treatment or the administration of drugs such as methadone, buprenorphine or Suboxone, and naltrexone or Vivitrol, used to treat the disorder. At the same time, the Hub connects patients with Spokes or other community agencies designed to support and assist recovery, like therapist’s, outpatient treatment facilities, drug court, or an emergency room. Similar Hub and Spoke networks have been shown to increase access to treatment and reduce wait times for care that often stymie people ready to choose treatment.

Questions about the RFQ are due June 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm, with proposals due by June 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm.