Shatterproof Expands to the State of California with Free Tool to Help Individuals and Families Find Reliable, High-Quality Addiction Treatment, Available in 2022
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Nationwide, the substance use disorder is on the rise and fatal drug overdoses have reached an all-time high, with more than 90,000 deaths in the 12 months ending December 2020, according to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. To help those in need, unbreakable, a nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States, is expanding and improving its free tool, ATLAS®, to connect individuals with quality, appropriate substance abuse treatment throughout California.
ATLAS was launched a year ago today and is currently available in Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia. unbreakable announced last month that ATLAS is also expanding its reach to Florida, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, enabling 28 percent of the U.S. population to find evidence-based treatment in their state next spring. Once implemented in California next year, ATLAS will be available to just over 40% of the US population — a huge feat within just a year of the platform’s launch. ATLAS will be available to California residents in the winter of 2022.
“Access to quality, evidence-based care for substance use disorders is part of our strategic vision for behavioral health care in California,” said Kelly Pfeifer, MD, deputy director, Behavioral Health, California Department of Health Care Services. “We are excited to join the states across the country who are partnering with Shatterproof to use ATLAS to combat the addiction crisis that is affecting far too many individuals and families.”
“It is now more important than ever, given the surge in fatal overdoses and the impact COVID-19 has had on addiction and mental health, that people have access to a trusted, free resource when seeking quality treatment for disorders in the use of resources. for themselves or a loved one,” said Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof. “Trust is everything. We know it can be a confusing, scary time when someone seeks help, and we want to make sure that the information available to find quality care is reliable, unbiased, and meets the person’s needs.”
ATLAS is the only platform that measures the quality of addiction care and makes this information public. This free tool identifies the use of evidence-based best practices by addiction treatment providers and displays this information to support those in need and their loved ones in navigating to appropriate, quality care. Individuals can search and compare treatment options using criteria that are important to them, such as location, certain services offered, and insurance policies accepted. ATLAS also allows patients (or their relatives acting as agents) to provide feedback on their treatment experience. The platform lists all authorized practitioners in a state.
The current ATLAS platform has many unique features:
Facilities use of best practices measured against Unbreakable National Care Principles, which are evidence-based standards derived from the landmark 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, as well as the subject and other clinical experts;
Display of patient and family feedback, updated daily;
One Assessment of Addiction Treatments, created in conjunction with the content expertise of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and OpenBeds, to help guide the search based on a person’s needs and severity;
Ability to search and filter using criteria such as location, services offered and insurance company.
The ATLAS platform, www.TreatmentATLAS.org has seen over 110,000 website visits since its launch in July 2020, successfully implemented in 6 states, now expanded to 5 more with data from over 1,200 facilities included, and will be updated in the coming months to enhance the experience of those seeking treatment to improve .
ATLAS 2021 improvements include:
All content available in Spanish.
Ability to search facilities by name.
Improved display of insurance information
Integration of State Resources in ATLAS
Updated educational content to increase readability.
In addition, the platform also provides secure access to critical data for state policymakers, providers, and insurance payers to further drive improvements to the addiction treatment space, fueled by greater accountability and transparency:
Addiction treatment providers can compare their quality data with that of their peers and use these statistics to inform internal quality improvement efforts.
Payers can use metrics to assess health care provider performance to more easily align financial incentives to support quality care over quantity.
State policymakers can use the data to better guide policy, assess changes, and distribute resources such as technical assistance to support providers.
When the platform launches in Florida, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania in the spring of 2022 and in California in the winter of 2022, it will include all of these components, using facility-level data collected from each state. In the meantime, the ATLAS team will work with stakeholders and partners in each of the 11 states to collect data from substance abuse providers, analyze and validate this data using industry best practices, and distribute technical support resources to providers.
Shatterproof worked with key opinion leaders and subject matter experts in the addiction treatment space to create ATLAS. The platform is based on best practices for quality measurement systems and uses metrics developed through a multi-step process, culminating in an expert panel from the National Quality Forum (NQF) and a public comment period. Shatterproof continues to review and update the ATLAS measures displayed on the platform to ensure they reflect current evidence in the field.
ATLAS is funded by: Arnold Ventures; the Duke donation; the Longwood Foundation; state partners: the California Department of Health Care Services, the Louisiana Department of Health, the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources – Office of Drug Control Policy; and several state and state-based healthcare companies: Aetna, a CFS health company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cigna, GuideWell in cooperation with New Directions Behavioral Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and UnitedHealth Group.
About unbreakable:Shatterproof is a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States. Shatterproof leverages the business models, rigor of science and the power of a national movement to effect change and save lives through three pillars of work: revolutionize the addiction treatment system, break through addiction-related stigma, and support and empower our communities . Visit for more information www.Shatterproof.org.
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