OTP Quality Improvement Work group

At the request of Delegate Hammen during a legislative briefing in February, 2016, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene created an Opioid Treatment Program Work Plan, (OTPWP) which outlines the Department’s plan and timeline for implementing strategies related to improvement of Opioid Treatment Programs. The Department had previously been strategizing with interested parties in Baltimore City on this topic. The OTPWP will have a statewide impact.

In order to assist in accomplishing the goals and objectives of the OTPWP, BHA created an OTP Stakeholder Workgroup, which is an expansion of the existing Opioid Treatment Quality of Care Workgroup. Workgroup membership includes representation from the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), the Local Addictions Authorities (LAA), Medical Care Programs (MA), Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), Community Representatives, and Consumer Advocates. 


OTP Quality Improvement Workgroup Process Plan/Phases of Work


Kickoff Meeting- April 26th, 2016

·         Introduce members;

·         Review Charter Document for OTP Quality Improvement Workgroup;

·         Review tasks, timeline and meeting schedule

·         Determine mechanisms for group communication between meetings

·         Assign tasks for next meetings


May-July, 2016

·         Determine set of criteria for new and existing programs related to managing a high volume of patients

·         Review and discuss promising/other states practice information

·         Discuss parameters related to establishing criteria

·         Review and finalize draft suggestions for criteria for new and existing programs


August, 2016

·         Review progress on Opioid Treatment Program Work Plan (OTPWP)


September-December, 2016

·         Develop recommendations for quality of care standards and/or regulations

·         Create list of areas for quality of care improvements

·         Draft and finalize standards and/or regulations within each agreed upon area


Meetings are held at The Spring Grove Hospital Center. Work group members have been designated by the Department; however, meetings are open to the public for observation. Procedure for Public comments is accessible via the Public Comments link below.


Remaining meetings, locations and times are as follows:

Tuesday, September 13th, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (at SGHC, HAT Room in the Tuerk Bld)

Tuesday, September 27th, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. (SGHC, Dix Basement Conf. Rm.)

Tuesday, October 18th, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (SGHC, Dix Basement Conf. Rm.)

Tuesday, October 25th, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. (SGHC, Dix Basement Conf. Rm.)​


OTP Quality Improvemen​t Work Group meeting minutes​​

April 26th, 2016

May 24th, 2016

June 28th, 2016​

July 26th, 2016​

August 30th, 2016​

September 13th, 2016

September 27th, 2016​​

October 18th, 2016​

October 25th, 2016​​