The State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA) regulates the establishment and ongoing operation of medication assisted treatment programs statewide.
Office of Quality Assurance
The Office of Quality Assurance evaluates the effectiveness of the network of services that the BHA funds. To fulfill its mission, the Office of Quality Assurance:
Reviews treatment programs funded through the BHA and medicated-assisted treatment programs for program compliance;
Audits funded local jurisdictions, sub-grantees, sub-contractors to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations; provisions of grant awards; and BHA policies, memos and transmittals;
Triages, investigates, and resolves complaints of medicated-assisted treatment programs sent to the Office of Health Care Quality;
Refers unresolved complaints of medicated-assisted treatment programs needing further investigation to Office of Attorney General, Office of Inspector General, and/or the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist;
Participates on grant review team to ensure accuracy and completeness of information of jurisdictional grants;
Provides consultation and direction to SOTA and medicated-assisted treatment programs;
Provides 24-hour coverage for SOTA to assist in conflict resolution when Federal and State regulations of medicated-assisted treatment programs are operationalized; Represented by Director as head of SOTA, carrying out assigned duties of the SOTA;
Responds to inquiries regarding the interpretation of BHA COMAR 10.47 regulations, staffing and other concerns;
Coordinates HIV activities that interface with BHA; and
Reviews Home Health standards for accuracy and completeness of information.
State Opioid Treatment Authority
SOTA regulates the establishment and ongoing operation of medication assisted treatment programs statewide. To fulfil its mission, SOTA:
Reviews and approves or rejects exception requests from medicated-assisted treatment programs for modification of doses and the number of take-home medication dosage requests; and
facilitates the resolution of program conflicts when the Federal and State regulations for medicated-assisted treatment programs are operationalized.
Franklin J. Dyson, Acting Director
Office of Managed Care and Quality Improvement
Behavioral Health Administration
Vocational Rehabilitation Building
55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228