AATOD’s Five-Year Plan
AATOD’s Board of Directors initially approved a strategic organizational Five-Year Plan during 2001, and subsequently updated the plan in 2007, 2012 and 2017. AATOD implemented these plans in conjunction with Board members, treatment providers, federal and state agencies, partnering policy organizations, corporations and patient advocacy groups.
We have achieved a great number of policy victories in moving our system of care forward in implementing elements of these strategic plans, including the development of the first ever Medicare reimbursement for Medicare eligible patients participating in OTPs in addition to working with our policy partners like the Legal Action Center (LAC), Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) and the Opioid Response Network (ORN) under the aegis of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for inmates with opioid use disorder in correctional facilities.
We have also continued our work with the World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (WFTOD), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
On the domestic policy side, we have also been working with National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) to get an accurate patient census of the individuals participating in OTPs. The Board of Directors believed that it was critically important to go beyond the boundaries that restrict planning at the individual program and state level. It is understood that long-range strategic initiatives have been important to guide the future of our treatment system, requiring a focused effort in selecting the most critical initiatives, which will have the most substantive impact in shaping national substance abuse policy and organizational planning, resulting in improved patient care. It is also understood that time and funding are finite and need to be judiciously utilized in managing our resources to the best possible advantage.
The following initiatives create a foundation for forward leaning policy to expand access to OTPs wherever they are needed in the United States and abroad.