New Mexico Administrative Code
Title 7 - HEALTH
Chapter 32 - ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
Part 8 - OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Section 7.32.8.26 - DIVERSE POPULATIONS

Universal Citation: 7 NM Admin Code 7.32.8.26

Current through Register Vol. 35, No. 6, March 26, 2024

A. The program sponsor shall ensure that:

(1) opioid treatment is provided regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation;

(2) the program facility is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);

(3) opioid treatment is provided with consideration for a patient's individual needs, cultural background, and values;

(4) provider staff members are culturally competent;

(5) unbiased language is used in the provider's print materials, electronic media, and other training or educational materials;

(6) HIV testing and education are available to patients either at the provider or through referral;

(7) a patient who is HIV-positive and who requests treatment for HIV or AIDS:
(a) is offered treatment for HIV or AIDS either at the provider or through referral; and

(b) has access to an HIV- or AIDS-related peer group or support group and to social services either at the provider or through referral to a community group; and

(8) for patients with a communicable disease such as HIV, AIDS, or hepatitis C, the provider has a procedure for transferring a patient's opioid treatment to a non-program medical practitioner treating the patient for the communicable disease when it becomes the patient's primary health concern;

(9) an individual who requires administration of opioid treatment medication only for relief of chronic pain is:
(a) identified during the physical examination or assessment;

(b) not admitted for opioid medication treatment; and

(c) referred for medical services; and

(d) for a patient with a chronic pain disorder who is also physically dependent the OTP makes a good faith effort to coordinate treatment and services with the medical practitioner treating the patient for pain management.

B. A program sponsor shall ensure that a policy and procedure is developed, implemented, and complied with for the treatment of female patients, to include requirements that:

(1) pregnancy tests shall be administered and reviewed for all women of childbearing age prior to initiating a opioid treatment withdrawal procedure or medically supervised withdrawal;

(2) appropriate staff members be educated in the unique needs of female patients; and

(3) each female patient be informed about or referred to an appropriate support group, at the provider or in the community.

C. The program sponsor shall ensure that a policy and procedure is developed, implemented, and complied with for the treatment of pregnant patients, to include:

(1) a requirement that priority be given to pregnant individuals seeking opioid treatment;

(2) a requirement that the reasons for a pregnant individual's denial of admission to a provider be documented;

(3) a requirement that a pregnant patient be offered prenatal care to include fetal assessment either at the program or through referral to a non-program medical practitioner;

(4) a requirement that the program communicate with any non-program medical practitioners who are providing prenatal care to a pregnant patient, to coordinate opioid treatment and prenatal care, in accordance with all state and federal laws and regulations for the release of patient records or information; and document all such communications in the patient records;

(5) a requirement that a staff member make a good faith effort to educate a pregnant patient who refuses prenatal care services on the importance of prenatal care;

(6) a requirement that a staff member obtain a written refusal of prenatal care services that are offered either directly by the program or by referral, from a pregnant patient who refuses such services or referral to such services;

(7) a requirement that a pregnant patient receiving comprehensive maintenance treatment before pregnancy be maintained at the pre-pregnancy dose of opioid medication, if effective;

(8) a requirement that a pregnant patient be monitored by the program medical director to determine if pregnancy-induced changes in the elimination or metabolization of opioid treatment medication may necessitate an increased or split dose;

(9) a requirement that withdrawal treatment:
(a) is strongly advised against before 14 weeks or after 32 weeks of gestation;

(b) the program medical director reviews the case before initiating withdrawal and monitor it until withdrawal is complete;

(10) a requirement that a pregnant patient discharged from the program be referred to a non-program medical practitioner and that a staff member document the name, address, and telephone number of the medical practitioner in the patient record.

D. A program sponsor who is officially notified by a correctional facility that a patient is in their custody shall ensure that the program:

(1) makes efforts to obtain approval from the criminal justice system for the continued treatment of the patient by the program while the patient is incarcerated; and

(2) if approval is obtained the program continues to treat the patient while the patient is incarcerated , within the limits of the program's ability to provide such treatment to the incarcerated patient; and

(3) if approval is not obtained, the program's attempts to obtain approval are documented in the patient's record.

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