Bangor Committee Backs Methadone Bill That Would ‘Decentralize’

“The city’s Government Operations Committee unanimously backed a bill that would allow health care facilities to administer methadone treatments, leading to reduced costs for the state and relieving the city of a portion of its hefty share of methadone patients.

The proposal, titled An Act to Reduce Costs and Increase Access to Methadone Treatment, would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to license federally qualified health centers, health care providers or medical practices as methadone treatment clinics. It is being pitched as a cost-saving measure that will allow Mainers fighting their addictions to receive treatment closer to home.”

Source: – April 1, 2013