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Boston Medical Center’s Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Program was established in 2003 and currently serves over 800 patients, making it the largest hospital-based addiction treatment program in New England. The OBAT team treats patients with approved medications for substance use disorders including buprenorphine, injectable buprenorphine, injectable naltrexone, and oral naltrexone. Patients receive specialized treatment for their substance use disorder integrated within a primary care setting, allowing all their medical needs to be addressed by a team of providers. The OBAT Program has been recognized nationally and replicated within many outpatient settings, including primary care, family medicine, behavioral health, and OB/Gyn practices, among others.

Derrek Anderson speaks about how the program helped him end 30 years of heroin use.

OBAT Services

The BMC OBAT Program provides the following services to patients:

  • Treatment for all types of Substance Use Disorders, including opioid, alcohol, benzodiazepine, and stimulant use disorders
  • Trained addiction experts including nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychiatrists, patient care coordinators, medical assistants, and recovery coaches
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD): buprenorphine (Suboxone), injectable buprenorphine (Sublocade), and naltrexone (Vivitrol, Revia)
  • Same-day medication access
  • Direct telephone access to the nursing team
  • Compassionate and non-judgmental care
  • Harm reduction services and resources
  • Specialized services to justice-involved individuals, adolescents, pregnant and post-partum women, and those with brain injuries
  • Assistance accessing social supports and other benefits (e.g., food, IDs, employment, insurance)
  • Behavioral health and psychiatric services
  • Access to short- and long-term birth control
  • Screening and treatment options for HIV; Hepatitis A, B, and C; and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)    
  • Overdose education and access to naloxone (Narcan)

Contact Us

725 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
5th Floor, Suite 5B
Shapiro Center
617.414.4123 / 617.414.4107
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our Team

Colleen LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN
Director, Boston Medical Center OBAT
Lexie Bergeron, MPH, LCSW
Program Director, OBAT
Alicia Ventura, MPH
Director, Research and Special Projects, OBAT
Karen Hannon, BSN, RN, LADAC II, CARN
Nurse Manager and Corrections Liaison
Isela Wellington, BSN, RN
Nurse Supervisor and Preceptor

Provider Resources

Training and Technical Assistance

The success of BMC's nationally recognized OBAT Nurse Care Manager Model enabled the creation of BMC's OBAT Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) team to support over 40 community health centers across Massachusetts and advise health care teams locally and nationwide on how to implement this model of addiction treatment, now known as the Massachusetts Model, in their own organizations. This resource is for healthcare and social service professionals and is not a resource for patients.