At New Season Treatment Center, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals battling opioid addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently introduced significant updates under 42 CFR Part 8 that aim to enhance access to opioid treatment programs (OTPs) while addressing individual patient needs and protecting vulnerable groups. 

Here’s how these changes impact our admissions process and what it means for you or your loved ones seeking treatment.

Removing Barriers to Medication Access

One of the most significant changes in the new legislation is the removal of unnecessary barriers to medication access. SAMHSA has eliminated the previous requirement for patients to have a one-year history of opioid addiction before qualifying for treatment. This change allows individuals to receive timely intervention, which can be crucial in preventing the escalation of addiction and its associated risks.

Prioritizing Pregnant Patients

We are proud to highlight our commitment to treating pregnant individuals. The new regulations emphasize priority treatment for pregnant patients, recognizing the urgent need for care during this critical period. At New Season Treatment Center, we provide specialized support and medical care to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the unborn child. Our experienced team is dedicated to offering a safe and nurturing environment for pregnant patients seeking recovery.

Streamlined Consent Processes

Consent procedures have also been simplified under the new legislation. Patients can now provide consent electronically, making the admissions process more efficient and accessible. This change is particularly beneficial for individuals who may face challenges in physically accessing our facilities, allowing them to start their journey to recovery with less delay.

Counseling and Medication Access

While the legislation removes the requirement for medication access to be contingent on the receipt of counseling, at New Season Treatment Center, we strongly believe in the importance of comprehensive care. Counseling remains a cornerstone of our treatment programs, as it addresses the underlying causes of addiction and supports long-term recovery. Our partnership with Program Not A Pill (PNAP) reinforces our commitment to holistic care, combining medical treatment with emotional and psychological support.

Flexibility in Screening Examinations

The updated regulations also allow screening examinations to be performed by practitioners external to the OTP under certain conditions. This regulation change allows us to streamline the continuation of care for patients being released from hospitals. In these cases, we can accept the hospital practitioner’s exam without requiring the patient to undergo a new one to be admitted into treatment. Our coordination efforts with CarePort are vital for this process. 

Additionally, patients who have received screenings by their primary care provider in the last 30 days do not need to have a new one completed by us. This increase in collaboration between healthcare providers reduces redundancy for patients seeking treatment and enhances our ability to efficiently and effectively serve patients.


The recent changes introduced by SAMHSA under 42 CFR Part 8 are designed to remove unnecessary barriers to treatment and enhance access to life-saving medications for individuals struggling with opioid addiction. At New Season Treatment Center, we embrace these changes and continue to focus on delivering patient-centered care that prioritizes the unique needs of each individual. Our dedication to providing comprehensive treatment, including essential counseling and medical support, remains unwavering.

If you or a loved one is seeking help for opioid addiction, we are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you achieve lasting recovery.

For more information or to start your recovery journey, visit our website or call our admissions team. Your path to a healthier, happier life begins with a single step.