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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Mass General Hospital is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. In October 2014, as a result of a community health needs assessment, Mass General developed a new approach to the treatment of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders, the highest clinical priority of a hospital-wide strategic plan. The MGH Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) program goal is to have substance use disorders addressed along all levels of health impact; from primary community-based prevention to early intervention and treatment to chronic disease management.
The SUDs initiative builds on the long-standing clinical addictions treatment at MGH through West End House and Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS). A collaborative effort between the MGH Department of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Patient Care Services, The Center for Community Health Improvement, and MGH Community Health Centers, this initiative was designed to improve the quality, clinical outcomes and value of addiction treatment for all MGH patients with SUD while simultaneously reducing the cost of their care.
Patient must have access to readily available patient-centered treatment that is standardized across the system to control costs and designed for maximum effectiveness. The MGH SUDs initiative is focused on re-designing care at all levels to meet this goal.
Key Initiative Components
The MGH Substance Use Disorders initiative builds on years of community-based prevention partnerships, particularly in Chelsea, Revere and Charlestown, home to Mass General’s health centers. Through the Center for Community Health Improvement, MGH supports three multi-sector coalitions that seek to prevent and reduce substance use through education, prevention, policy change and intervention strategies in these neighborhoods. We provide staff, best practices, evaluation support and access to a range of additional resources. For these efforts, we have been awarded national recognition for reducing key indicators of teen alcohol use in Revere. Examples of the coalitions’ work include:
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