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WAC 246-341-1000

Opioid treatment programs (OTP)General.

(1) Opioid treatment program services include the dispensing of an opioid treatment medication, along with a comprehensive range of medical and rehabilitative services, when clinically necessary, to an individual to alleviate the adverse medical, psychological, or physical effects incident to opioid use disorder. These services include withdrawal management treatment and maintenance treatment.
(2) An agency must meet all the certification requirements in WAC 246-341-1005 in order to provide opioid treatment program services and:
(a) Be licensed by the department as a behavioral health agency;
(b) Meet the applicable behavioral health agency licensure, certification, administration, personnel, and clinical requirements in WAC 246-341-0300 through 246-341-0650; and
(c) Have policies and procedures to support and implement the:
(i) General requirements in WAC 246-341-0420; and
(ii) Program-specific requirements in WAC 246-341-1000 through 246-341-1025.
(3) An agency providing opioid treatment program services must ensure that the agency's individual record system complies with all federal and state reporting requirements relevant to opioid drugs approved for use in treatment of opioid use disorder.
(4) An agency must:
(a) Use ASAM criteria for admission, continued services, and discharge planning and decisions;
(b) Provide education to each individual admitted, totaling no more than fifty percent of treatment services, on:
(i) Alcohol, other drugs, and substance use disorder;
(ii) Relapse prevention;
(iii) Bloodborne pathogens; and
(iv) Tuberculosis (TB);
(c) Provide education or information to each individual on:
(i) Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse;
(ii) Nicotine use disorder;
(iii) The impact of substance use during pregnancy, risks to the fetus, and the importance of informing medical practitioners of substance use during pregnancy; and
(iv) Family planning.
(d) Have written procedures for:
(i) Diversion control that contains specific measures to reduce the possibility of the diversion of controlled substances from legitimate treatment use, and assign specific responsibility to the medical and administrative staff members for carrying out the described diversion control measures and functions;
(ii) Urinalysis and drug testing, to include obtaining:
(A) Specimen samples from each individual, at least eight times within twelve consecutive months;
(B) Random samples, without notice to the individual;
(C) Samples in a therapeutic manner that minimizes falsification;
(D) Observed samples, when clinically appropriate; and
(E) Samples handled through proper chain of custody techniques.
(iii) Laboratory testing;
(iv) The response to medical and psychiatric emergencies; and
(v) Verifying the identity of an individual receiving treatment services, including maintaining a file in the dispensary with a photograph of the individual and updating the photographs when the individual's physical appearance changes significantly.
(5) An agency must ensure that an individual is not admitted to opioid treatment withdrawal management services more than two times in a twelve-month period following admission to services.
(6) An agency providing services to a pregnant woman must have a written procedure to address specific issues regarding their pregnancy and prenatal care needs, and to provide referral information to applicable resources.
(7) An agency providing youth opioid treatment program services must:
(a) Have a written procedure to assess and refer the youth to the department of children, youth, and families, when applicable;
(b) Ensure that a group counseling session with twelve to sixteen youths include a second staff member;
(c) Ensure that before admission the youth has had two documented attempts at short-term withdrawal management or drug-free treatment within a twelve-month period, with a waiting period of no less than seven days between the first and second short-term withdrawal management treatment; and
(d) Ensure that when a youth is admitted for maintenance treatment, written consent by a parent or if applicable, legal guardian or responsible adult designated by the relevant state authority, is obtained.
(8) An agency providing opioid treatment program services must ensure:
(a) That notification to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the department is made within three weeks of any replacement or other change in the status of the program, program sponsor (as defined in 42 C.F.R. Part 8), or medical director;
(b) Treatment is provided to an individual in compliance with 42 C.F.R. Part 8;
(c) The individual record system complies with all federal and state reporting requirements relevant to opioid drugs approved for use in treatment of opioid use disorder; and
(d) The death of an individual enrolled in an opioid treatment program is reported to the department within one business day.
[Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-1000, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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