Improving Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Katherine E. Watkins discusses her research on transforming treatment for opioid addiction and other substance use disorders.

The Substance Use, Motivation, and Medication Integrated Treatment (SUMMIT) model demonstrates how primary care providers, especially in community health centers, can effectively deliver treatment for substance use disorders. The model provides a practical blueprint for policymakers and practitioners seeking to help those with addiction.

Watkins' research is influencing how California will spend an increasing flow of federal dollars targeting opioid addiction, and her findings are underscoring the importance of expanding addiction treatment authority beyond the role of psychiatrist.