Bullhook Clinic to Take Part in Stimulant-Use Disorder Treatment Pilot

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – Havre’s Bullhook Community Health Center has been contracted by the state of Montana to pilot an integrated, evidence-based program to expand the State’s capacity to treat stimulant use disorders, such as methamphetamine use, and fill a much-needed gap in the behavioral health continuum of care.

According to a press release, the new program is called TRUST, which stands for Treatment of Users of Stimulants. Over the next two years, up to 420 clients could receive treatment in the program.

TRUST is funded primarily through a near $1 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The state has also proposed in the HEART Waiver to use Medicaid funding to cover this evidence-based practice upon federal approval. This would make the program more widely available. 

The other providers piloting this program are Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Alternatives, Inc. in Billings, Rimrock Foundation in Billings, Southwest Montana Community Health Center in Butte, and Alluvion Health in Great Falls.

The program is designed for an initial 12-week intensive intervention, followed by up to nine months of assistance to support continued recovery and stabilization.

It aims to increase access to quality treatment for methamphetamines and other stimulants, support long term recovery, and reduce the risk of overdose and overdose death.

The program incorporates contingency management, cognitive behavioral therapy, community reinforcement approach, motivational interviewing, physical exercise, and self-help mutual support.

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