While treatment rates in Virginia for pregnant Medicaid members with substance use disorder have increased, there are persistent racial inequities in addiction treatment, according to a new report from a team of faculty members at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
The team, which evaluates the state’s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program, released its report this week examining the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorder among pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid.
Virginia implemented the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program in 2017 to increase access to treatment for Medicaid members with opioid or other substance use disorders. In the past year, about 60,000 Virginians have received assistance from the program. Medicaid expansion in 2019 increased the number of low-income Virginians with addiction disorders who have access to the ARTS program.
Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., a professor in the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy, leads the evaluation team and was assisted in this latest report by Erin Britton, a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy. Cunningham spoke with VCU News about the team’s latest findings.