The Department of Health Services invites organizations to apply to pilot a new hub and spoke model intended to help Wisconsin Medicaid members with substance use disorders, as well as other physical and behavioral health issues that challenge their efforts in recovery.

In this model, an organization takes the lead as a “hub” on the care of the Wisconsinites in their program, ensuring that substance use disorder treatment and other health care needs are addressed. The hub then works with a network of “spoke” organizations that provide a range of services that are customized to support each individual’s unique circumstances. 

The hub and spoke model is intended to provide ongoing proactive support and coordinated care for people in recovery, in contrast to reactive acute-care approaches where they may only receive occasional treatment in settings like emergency rooms or correctional facilities.

The request for application is available on the DHS website. The deadline for the application is Aug. 24. DHS will fund up to three pilots.

People struggling with a substance use disorder or who have a  loved one struggling, can call the toll-free Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline at 833-944-4673. This free and confidential service is staffed by trained specialists who offer information on local treatment services.