Potential government shutdown

In the event of a federal government shutdown, individuals enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid), Public Employees Benefits Board, and School Employees Benefits Board coverage—and those accessing behavioral health services—will not experience a disruption in care. In addition, health care providers will continue to be paid for the services they provide.

If a shutdown occurs, we will share more information at that time.

Opioid treatment programs (OTPs)

Opioid use treatment in Washington is delivered by licensed, certified, and accredited opioid treatment programs (OTP).

COVID-19 and OTPs

Frequently asked questions

Important: Licensing and certification of opioid treatment programs has moved to the Department of Health (DOH) effective July 1, 2018. For more information about licensing and certification, visit the DOH Behavioral Health Agencies page.

How do OTPs work?

OTPs use medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) — the use of medicines combined with counseling and behavioral therapies — to treat patients diagnosed with opioid use disorders (OUDs).

What drugs are used?

Three FDA-approved (OUD) medications can be dispensed from an OTP:

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Vivitrol

What do I need to know about certification?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  (SAMHSA) provides oversight of OTPs. For details about certification, visit the OTP certification page on their website. 

Certification in Washington is overseen by the Department of Health (DOH).