MADISON, Wis. — Evidence-based treatment just became more accessible for thousands of Wisconsinites who either struggle with a substance use disorder themselves or know somebody who does.

Wisconsin will receive millions over the next decade as part of legal settlements with opioid manufacturers. Using a portion of those funds, the state’s Dept. of Health Services has provided a grant to help an online tool, meant to break down barriers for quality addiction treatment, expand to include resources specifically for Wisconsin.

What You Need To Know

  • A tool meant to help those struggling with substance use disorder is now available to Wisconsinites 
  • Treatment Atlas is a free to use online platform developed by the non-profit group Shatterproof to help pair those in need with local resources
  • The Wisconsin section of Treatment Atlas was funded by a grant from the state's Dept. of Health Services

The potentially lifesaving platform comes at a crucial time as the state continues to battle the ripple effects of an opioid crisis.

“The odds that somebody will inadvertently or intentionally take fentanyl that could take their lives is higher now than it has ever been, so programs like this that make treatment accessible are really critical,” Attorney General Josh Kaul explained.

The program called Treatment Atlas is a first-of-its-kind online platform developed by the national non-profit group Shatterproof.

“So many times, substance abuse and mental health go hand in hand, so it’s just great to see a program like Atlas being rolled out in Wisconsin, so hopefully families can find the help and support that they need,” State Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said.

Tom Farley discusses the addiction crisis with Attorney General Kaul. (Spectrum News 1/Mandy Hague)

The free-to-use platform offers access to substance-specific resources to help those in need figure out whether an outpatient or residential program is best for them. After taking a short online assessment, those using Atlas are shown nearby treatment options, along with reviews of the services.

“It’s going to connect us. It’s going to get people into the right treatment, the right places, and it’s going to eliminate fear,” Tom Farley, the older brother of late comedian Chris Farley, who created a foundation in his honor, said. “There’s just nothing worse, whether it’s an individual, a family, not knowing what to do.”

Treatment Atlas is ready to use with up-to-date Wisconsin resources available. You can find more information here.