Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
December 18, 2018 – New modernized rules for Substance Use Disorder facilities will improve patient care, enhance addiction treatment options, and reduce regulatory burdens on licensees that are providing essential services to help residents recover from the tragic opioid crisis in Michigan.
“The new rules will improve treatment options for Michigan’s most vulnerable communities and individuals that have experienced the consequences of the opioid epidemic,” said Shelly Edgerton, director of the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). “The new rules reduce cumbersome regulations and simplify requirements while simultaneously modernizing care for those who need it most.”
LARA engaged with federal associations, sister states, statewide organizations, local partners and individual licensees in order to construct rules that improve patient care in Michigan.
This is the first time the rules have been updated since 1981. In addition to reducing the number of rules from 103 to 50, the new rules better reflect the diverse array of treatment options and modern use of licensed professionals available to assist patients suffering from addiction. Specifically, the new rules:
“Updating the rules was an intensive and collaborative process that will ultimately improve patient care and outcomes in Michigan,” said Larry Horvath, director of the Bureau of Community and Health Systems in LARA. “Michigan’s improved rules for substance use disorder facilities enhance provider flexibility in order to best equip licensees to combat our current public health challenges and address individual patient needs.”
The state is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic. The collaborative efforts of state agencies amplify Michigan’s efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals, and enforcement of overprescribers and over dispensers. Efforts include:
For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit Michigan.gov/opioids.