It takes a community: A collaborative approach to providing outpatient-based opioid treatment

Thursday, June 2, 2016: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Galleria I (Hilton Portland)
Opioid use and overdose fatalities are rising across the United States. HCH programs provide care to a disproportionate portion of patients who are affected by this rise. The response to this epidemic needs to be comprehensive in design and include strategies that range from education to medication and therapies that promote behavior change. This workshop will describe how one HCH program partnered with community members to address Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) concerns and developed a program that allowed shelter staff from maintenance and security to operations and clinical services to address this epidemic collaboratively. Discussion will address strategies for engaging community members to support your program and for building upon the strengths that every shelter and clinical member brings to work together as a community to provide interventions and treatment options to address this growing epidemic.
Geren Stone, MD (Physician, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Global Primary Care Program Director, Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor, Harvard Medical School)
Kristin Hirth, RN (Registered Nurse, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program)
Rita Chapdelaine, LICSW (Director of Behavioral Health, New England Center for Homeless Veterans)
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