Medication-Assisted Treatment: Addressing Substance Abuse in Primary Care

Learn from health care experts on what it takes to make changes that support improved opioid prescribing and to provide medication-assisted treatment.


Presenters: Shane Coleman, MD, MPH, Medical Director, and Melissa Shein, MD, Medical Director

Opioid addiction has become a substantial crisis in many parts of the United States, and many communities are looking to health care organizations for solutions. According to the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2012 an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States were suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers and an estimated 467,000 were addicted to heroin. Southcentral Foundation (SCF) has implemented a comprehensive approach to handling opioids and opioid addiction based on SCF’s system of relationship-based care and integrated behavioral health. This approach includes prescription guidelines for providers, care plans for working with patients, and medication-assisted treatment integrated into primary care.

This webinar will cover SCF’s approach to handling opioids and opioid addiction, the results seen from it, and the challenges in implementing the approach and how SCF navigated them. This webinar will be valuable for behavioral health providers, clinical managers, and health care leaders looking for ways to address opioid addiction while maintaining quality standards of care.


  • Introduce Southcentral Foundation’s approach to primary care
  • Examine Southcentral Foundation’s approach to meeting the needs of the primary care system and customer-owners during this epidemic
  • Discuss lessons and challenges Southcentral Foundation has faced meeting customer-owner needs during this epidemic


  • Presentation decks
  • Link to a video tour of Southcentral Foundation’s Anchorage Native Primary Care Center