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PA Open Beds 

 

About the PA Open Beds

The PA Open Beds is an innovative tool developed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to more effectively use the treatment beds available in the Pennsylvania drug and alcohol treatment system during the current opioid addiction and overdose death epidemic, which has created great demand for and strain on our treatment system.  DDAP’s objective is to create an effective statewide substance abuse professional tool to communicate bed availability between providers, SCAs and other treatment referral sources. This tool is an opportunity to:
 
  • Provide each licensed non-hospital detox and inpatient residential treatment provider the ability to register, access and share information on available beds and set-up email alerts, which any referral source can receive. 
  • Allow providers and SCAs to voluntarily establish a streamlined treatment referral process and ensure more immediate and appropriate access to residential placements for individuals in need of substance use disorder treatment.

Successful Pilot in July 2016

DDAP worked with two large treatment providers and the Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators in early July 2016 to pilot the PA Open Beds. These organizations tested the system and provided feedback to DDAP, enabling valuable changes to the system before its launch.
 

Successful Launch of the Initiative


To ensure the success of this initiative, collaboration between DDAP and its licensed treatment provider partners is essential. Provider participation and DDAP support not only will result in a valuable tool, it will play a key role in addressing the current epidemic and maximizing our current treatment system. o ensure the success of this initiative, collaboration between DDAP and its licensed treatment provider partners is essential. Provider participation and DDAP support not only will result in a valuable tool, it will play a key role in addressing the current epidemic and maximizing our current treatment system. 
 
DDAP encourages the use of the PA Open Beds system for substance abuse treatment professionals and is ready to support your designated points of contact and operators for this system. 
 
If you need information to sign-up or further assistance, please email
RA-DAOPENBEDS@pa.gov