By
Holly Jespersen

ATLAS™ triangulates validated quality data and patient feedback to drive improvements in care.

September 29, 2020 – Citizens of Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia now have a free, confidential, first-of-its-kind tool to connect those in need with high-quality and appropriate addiction treatment.  ATLAS™, an Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform,  www.TreatmentATLAS.org, evaluates addiction treatment facilities’ use of evidence-based best practices, allows patients to see and provide feedback on their experiences, and offers an easy-to-use online interface to allow those in need and their loved ones to search for and compare facilities using criteria such as location, services offered and insurance accepted so they can connect with appropriate treatment.  

The “Compare” feature of the platform allows users to review the quality measures and offerings of multiple facilities side by side. This enables patients and their loved ones to select a treatment facility that is higher-quality and a better fit. 

ATLAS also gathers and displays feedback from patients on their experiences at facilities using an anonymous crowd-sourced approach. This feedback helps to inform other people’s care selection decisions in the same way we utilize consumer reviews for selecting goods and services in other areas of healthcare and commerce. Anyone who has experience with a treatment facility in Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia are encouraged to visit www.TreatmentATLAS.org to leave a patient review. 

“During a time when social isolation, economic hardship and disruption of everyday routines are compounding our nation’s addiction crisis, ATLAS is a critical new resource. When my son Brian needed addiction treatment, my family agonized trying to find him the right care. It was impossible to know who to trust,” says Shatterproof Founder and CEO, Gary Mendell. “ATLAS is a sea change in the addiction world. It will give those in need and their families the transparent and trustworthy information my family never had and will help put more people on the path to recovery.”  

ATLAS lists all of Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia’s addiction treatment facilities for any substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, with more than half voluntarily providing information on the services and practices they utilize. ATLAS features: 

  • Facilities’ use of best practices based on the Shatterproof National Principles of Care, evidence-based standards derived from the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, using data gathered through a combination of validated sources; 
  • Feedback from other patients once a minimum threshold of 20 responses for the facility is met, that is updated every 24 hours; 
  • An expert-agreed upon Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment, created in collaboration with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and OpenBeds, to help guide the search based on the individual’s needs and severity; 
  • Ability to search and filter using criteria such as location, services offered and insurance accepted, as well as compare the facilities. 

ATLAS was created by Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America, and  worked with RTI International, an independent research institute with expertise in quality measure development, data collection, and quality reporting, to build ATLAS using a combination of rigorous analytic approaches and data collection innovations.    

About Shatterproof: 
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. Shatterproof is focused on ensuring American substance use disorder treatment is based upon proven research and ending the stigma of addiction. The organization advocates for changes to federal and state policy, payer reform, treatment quality assessment, and provides public education through online programs.