Emergent OBOT

What is Emergent OBOT?

Emergent OBOT is a discovery program within the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry. Its primary purpose is to provide innovative, high-quality, office-based opioid treatment for emerging adults. Its secondary purpose is to discover new techniques and approaches for the improvement of treatment retention, care procedures, and patient quality of life.

What does it mean to be an “emerging adult”?

This term stems from the research of a psychology professor at Clark University, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, who used it to describe the life stage between the late teens and the mid-twenties. At Emergent OBOT, we appreciate the unique and diverse circumstances of people between the ages of 18 and 23, and recognize that traditional services do not commonly address the characteristics of this age group adequately.

What types of services are available/included?

As a discovery program, we are committed to learning the latest research findings, integrating the new evidence into our practices when applicable, and taking an honest look at how effective our strategies are for patients. Our approach is individualized to a patient’s specific needs, but generally includes:

  1. buprenorphine treatment to address both physical and psychological symptoms associated with opioid use disorder and relapse
  2. individual talk therapy to explore the associated emotional symptoms
  3. family therapy to address the relational challenges

How long does treatment take?

It depends! That’s where the individualized part comes in. Length of treatment depends on multiple factors including how effective the medication is for patients, how effective the therapy is for patients, and how motivated patients are to make some changes. This program is voluntary, and patients are ultimately in control of when treatment ends. However, research indicates that less than 30 days is ineffective and we typically recommend a treatment period of 6-24 months.

Who is eligible for OBOT?

People ages 18-23 who have been referred by staff in Unit 3A/Adult Detoxification Unit or inpatient Psychiatry units at University of Minnesota Medical Center.

What makes this different from other office-based treatment programs?

We have access to leading research findings, and we implement those findings into the treatment approach. Additionally, we value patient and provider collaboration to make this experience as individualized and effective
as possible.

Treatment team

The physician will work with patients to diagnose, treat, and/or manage mental health concerns The therapist will work with the patient one-on-one to address substance use and related issues, such as anxiety, depression, and other stressful life circumstances.

The pharmacist will work to ensure medication effectiveness, help manage safety and side effects, and coach patients on how to get the most out of their medication therapy.

The social worker, if needed, will help patients make situational life changes, as needed, to improve overall health and well-being. A social worker is the patient’s primary link to broader community resources.

The nurse works to maximize overall health care quality by helping to connect all the services by the other team members.

The therapist will meet with the patient to address substance use and related issues, including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, relationships, and other stressful life circumstances. 

Location and Contact Information

Emergent OBOT Program
Department of Psychiatry
Fairview Riverside West Building
2312 S 6th St
Floor 2, Suite F-275
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-273-8710

Is the OBOT program accepting new patients? YES