State of Emergency: Treatment programs becoming more individualized, evidence-based in wake of opioid crisis

Treatment programs and options have shifted in recent years. They’ve become more individualized and inclusive of families and others in people’s lives, and take into account patient histories, medical problems and other social challenges.


But that process can be problematic, said Carla Sofronski, benefits advocate for Mental Health Partnerships in Philadelphia, because neither the person nor the treatment staff knows how much time they will have to address the person’s needs.

“Whether they’re going to stay, whether they’re going to go — I think it’s really difficult to build a relationship and dig in deep,” she said. “They’re barely scratching the surface in such a short time.”