In the News

August 23, 2019

Startups Using Agility, Experience, to Move the Needle on Opioid Crisis

From a social network for addicts to robots that test sewage water for traces of drugs, startups and private companies are applying innovative solutions to one of the nation’s most pressing problems — its opioid epidemic. Over 11.4 million people have misused prescription opioids, and more than 130 people die daily from opioid-related drug overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Startups have a unique advantage over healthcare systems in tackling the crisis. Startups are nimble and apply new technologies, while established, institutional systems may be slow to apply a new idea.

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June 27, 2019

In Focus: Leveraging Technology to Expand Access to Behavioral Health Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Several tech companies are trying to streamline behavioral health referrals by making it easier to assess patients’ needs and identify available and appropriate programs. One platform, OpenBeds, focuses on behavioral health referrals and coordination; it was founded by Nishi Rawat, M.D., who as a critical care physician in a small Baltimore hospital struggled to find treatment slots for patients with behavioral health problems.

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Oct 2, 2018

Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health launches online referral network

The Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health launched its online referral network — Delaware Treatment and Referral Network — allowing Delaware health care providers seeking substance use disorder treatment or mental health services for their patients to make a digital referral with one of 24 organizations participating in the first phase.

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May 3, 2018

FSSA Secretary Dr. Walthall: Addiction Treatment Program Exceeds Expectations!

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Walthall says the state’s new Open Beds program has exceeded all expectations in its first six weeks. Open Beds is a partnership between FSSA and Indiana 2-1-1 to connect those in need of addiction treatment with local resources.

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March 15, 2018

Deployment of OpenBeds® statewide in Indiana – Partners with Connect2Help Indiana

Indiana partners with OpenBeds, a service that allows treatment facilities to list their vacancies in a real-time, broadly connected database. If one facility can’t place a patient at the moment that patient comes in, doctors will search OpenBeds to find a nearby program that can.

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March 15, 2018

Deployment of OpenBeds® statewide in Indiana – 1st digital platform in the US

Linking people with substance use disorders to the treatment they need to kick their addiction has just become easier in Indiana.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Thursday announced a new partnership with a software platform that can help social workers find openings at treatment facilities. The partnership, funded by money from the 21st Century Cures Act, also includes Indiana 2-1-1, a local non-profit that helps provides referrals for a variety of social services.

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Nov 8, 2017

2018 Next Level Agenda for the State of Indiana

Pillar 4: Attacking the Drug Epidemic

The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of Indiana:

Nov 12, 2017

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall

explains the value and deployment of OpenBeds® statewide in Indiana: