CHCB: Medication assisted treatment program reaches 400-patient milestone

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) have announced their Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program has reached a milestone of serving over 400 patients in need of addiction recovery care, nearly tripling their numbers since 2013. As a non-profit primary care organization, CHCB delivers the largest office-based opiate treatment program in Chittenden County. The MAT Program, which is offered free of charge for patients, incorporates buprenorphine (Suboxone) together with education, counseling and other support needed to manage opiate addiction for a lifetime. Medication Assisted Treatment for opiate addiction is an ongoing process, much like treatment for any other chronic illness.“Our MAT teams offer the kind of chronic disease management for addiction that we would offer to any patient with another chronic medical condition, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease,” says Naya Pyskacek, CHCB’s Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Programs. “Additionally, MAT staff help patients access resources for housing, employment, counseling, and provide general support to patients in their recovery process.”Mayor Miro Weinberger recently visited with CHCB’s MAT staff to celebrate their landmark achievement. He stated: “As a partner in our effort to free Burlington and Chittenden County from the grip of the opioid crisis, CHCB has much to be proud of. The services CHCB provides have undoubtedly saved many individuals in our community from overdose and death, and have offered them an opportunity to reclaim their lives. The City will continue to look for new ways to support CHCB’s work, and other vital efforts to expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment, in the months to come.”For 47 years, the Community Health Centers of Burlington have provided quality health care for Vermonters regardless of financial or insurance status. One of 12 Federally Qualified Health Centers in the state, CHCB has eight locations and is one of the largest nonprofit family health and dental practices in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information on their services and programs, visit www.chcb.org(link is external).This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant H80CS00311, the Community Health Centers and Homeless Healthcare Program, at $3,035,000, 12 % of our funding. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.Source: Community Health Centers of Burlington. 4.23.2018last_img

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