Suboxone Treatment Near You
The Emergency Departments at University of Utah Hospital and South Jordan Health Center in coordination with Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) have created a program to give you rapid access to Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction. You can go through the Bridge Program two times each year (365 days). If you’re getting Suboxone from another provider, you will not be eligible for our program. We accept most insurance coverages and have grant funding for patients who do not have insurance.
What Is Suboxone Treatment?
Suboxone interacts with the parts of the brain that are activated by opioid use. As a result, it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is safe when taken as prescribed under the care of a medical professional. You will be able to work or care for your loved ones while taking this medication.
How to Get Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Enroll in the Bridge Program at any of the following locations:
Upon your arrival, ask a staff member to be enrolled in the Bridge Program.
If you qualify, you will receive a 5-day prescription of Suboxone with instructions on how to contact the HMHI Bridge Clinic. You will need to call the clinic as soon as possible to complete an intake assessment and schedule a provider visit.
While you are in the emergency department, you will be connected to a peer recovery coach from USARA (Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness). Your peer coach will provide information, emotional support, and help connect you to resources. Your coach will continue to work with you while you are being seen in the HMHI Bridge Clinic and when you move to a community-based provider.
What to Expect During the Bridge Program
Once you call the HMHI Bridge Clinic, you will speak to a case manager who will ask you intake questions. Your case manager will let you know when to call back for your first appointment with a medication prescriber. All visits are done over the phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will need to come to the clinic. You must meet with a prescriber once a week to get your Suboxone medication. We cannot give you Suboxone if you don’t keep your appointment with your prescriber.
Medication Prescriber Appointment
You will speak with your medication prescriber on the phone for about 20-30 minutes. They will ask how you’re doing on Suboxone. If they determine that the medication is working, they will give you another prescription Suboxone (up to 7 days). We will not give anyone more than a 7-day prescription for Suboxone.
If you’re insured, you can pick up you Suboxone at any pharmacy that carries it. For uninsured patients, you’ll need to pick up your Suboxone at the HMHI Pharmacy.
New Patient Evaluation
After you speak with your medication prescriber, we will schedule you for a new patient evaluation one week later. This will be conducted over the phone. The evaluation lasts one hour. At the end of that visit, your medication prescriber will give you another prescription for 7 more days of Suboxone. At the end of your evaluation, we will schedule you for your next appointment at a community-based clinic.
You will also need to submit a drug test. We will let you know when you need to come to the HMHI Outpatient Lab for that urine screening.
We can see you for up to 30 days in the Bridge Clinic while we arrange your follow-up care. For follow-up appointments, we will choose a clinic that is close to your home and takes your insurance or has grant funding. If you do not show up for your appointment, the community provider may choose not to see you. You cannot come back to the HMHI Bridge Clinic so you need to keep your community clinic appointment.
The community clinic will prescribe Suboxone for your ongoing care needs. Your prescriber will work with you to determine how long you need to be on Suboxone and assist you in tapering off the medication when you are ready.
Does Insurance Cover Suboxone Treatment?
If you have insurance, you will be charged a co-pay for:
- your emergency department visit;
- all subsequent clinic visits, such as at the Follow-Up Clinic or other community-based clinic; and
- your Suboxone prescription.
If you don’t have insurance, you can receive grant funding for your emergency department visit, clinic visits, and your Suboxone medication while you're being treated in the Bridge Clinic. Once you transfer to a community clinic, Suboxone medication will no longer be covered under the grant. However, community clinics who can take grant-funded patients will help pay for the patient's visits and medications. Please note that the grant funding does not pay for any additional treatment you might need, such as stitches or abscess draining.
If you receive grant funding, you will be contacted by U of U Health to answer questions about your treatment progress. We use this data to show that this treatment works and that more money should be given to people who need treatment.