PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — Pennsylvanians struggling with addiction can turn to the Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards (ATLAS) tool to help them find treatment centers.
ATLAS allows Pennsylvanians to search and compare facilities based on factors such as location, services offered and insurance accepted. It assesses how addiction facilities use evidence-based practices and includes an assessment to help people determine the level of care they need.
It also includes anonymous patient feedback to help inform users’ care decisions. User reviews are posted for facilities that have received at least 20 responses, and people who have received treatment at Pennsylvania facilities are encouraged to leave reviews in ATLAS to help others with their decisions.
ATLAS is managed by the non-profit organization Shatterproof. “At a time when the addiction crisis in our country is tragically at an all-time high and access to quality treatment is often hard to come by, ATLAS is an essential new resource. When my son Brian needed addiction treatment, my family struggled to find the right care for him. It was impossible to know who to trust,” said Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof, in a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).
“ATLAS is a sea change in the world of drug addiction. This will give those in need and their families transparent and reliable information that my family never had and help put more people on the path to recovery,” Mendell said.
“The Wolf Administration is committed to providing high-quality treatment to every Pennsylvanian with a substance use disorder, especially now, as we see an increase in substance use and overdose deaths across the country. Pennsylvania,” DDAP Secretary Jen Smith said in the statement. “This new tool will not only monitor the quality of treatment providers in Pennsylvania, but also give individuals and families a trusted resource to locate quality care for themselves and their loved ones.”
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A total of 515 substance use disorder treatment facilities in Pennsylvania have so far submitted their information for inclusion in ATLAS. Institutions that have not met the first deadline to apply to be included can submit their information during a second registration period open this fall.
ATLAS currently includes facilities in Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia. It will expand to New Jersey this summer and California in 2023.
DDAP’s confidential Get Help Now helpline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can also help people in need of treatment or resources for substance use disorders. The hotline can be reached at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).