Arnot Health was awarded $35,000 to help fund a pilot project in the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Emergency Department to address the opioid epidemic at the local level. Through this program, Arnot Health is looking to increase engagement and treatment compliance with those that are at the critical six-month mark by linking them to Certified Peer Recovery Advocates from CASA-Trinity of Chemung County.
“There is a devasting epidemic of opioid dependence in this region, as in the rest of the country”, says Wayne Teris MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer at Care Compass Network. “We at CCN are enthusiastic about partnering with Arnot Ogden Medical Center and CASA-Trinity to promote more effective treatment of patients with this issue”. This partnership supports an active collaboration between physical health and behavioral health providers while supporting improvements in care coordination, recovery, and community based care.
The purpose of the pilot program is to administer Suboxone treatments in the Emergency Department to those individuals that have an opioid dependency. Those individuals will also be linked to CASA-Trinity to provide follow-up counseling by Certified Peer Recovery Advocates. The program utilizes a smartphone app that is designed to supplement in-person counseling by providing patients in recovery with access to daily interactions with their counselor. “By marrying an innovative smartphone application to assist with patient monitoring, delivering MAT when patients need it the most and fast tracking into treatment, this is a win-win for our community”, shares Bouakham Rosetti, Project Manager at Care Compass Network. “It is such an honor to support Arnot Ogden Medical Center and CASA-Trinity’s highly collaborative, community and recovery-based pilot”.
The funds from Care Compass Network will be used to staff a Program Coordinator position during the pilot period.