In an ongoing effort to prevent drug overdose and substance abuse in Rhode Island and the region, The Providence Center, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), will provide on-call recovery coaches for patients in hospital emergency departments across Rhode Island with high rates of accidental opioid overdose. The program, AnchorED, was first launched at Kent Hospital in Warwick last month and will expand to Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, also a Care New England hospital. Other hospital emergency departments across the state will also be implementing the program.
The Providence Center, whose services include more than 40 programs and services for mental health and addiction treatment, offers AnchorED, a program intended to reduce the instance of accidental opioid overdose by connecting patients with certified recovery coaches. The program, was developed and funded by BHDDH and will provide coaches on an on-call basis, in select emergency departments, every weekend from 8:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 a.m. Monday.
“We are extremely pleased to offer the AnchorED program to our patients in need at Kent Hospital helping to provide a tremendous resource of support, education and eventual recovery,” said Peter Graves, MD, chief of emergency services at Kent Hospital. “Drug overdose is a serious, ongoing occurrence in our emergency department, with a dramatic increase over the past few years in the number of patients we treat.”
CNE announced recently it is negotiating the terms of an official affiliation with The Providence Center. The formal agreement seeks to solidify the integration of behavioral health services across community-based and hospital-based systems in order to provide comprehensive treatment and support across the full continuum of care to patients with mental illness and substance use disorders.
“AnchorED offers a unique opportunity for specialized coaches to connect with and help those suffering from addiction, offering places to turn to for help,” Jim Gillen, associate director, Anchor Recovery Community Center. “The goal of this program is to ensure patients and their families that addiction is a disease, and recovery is not only possible, it is a reality. The statistics of drug overdose in Rhode Island are alarming, so it is imperative we take the necessary steps to ensure emergency departments have the support they need to provide the best possible outcomes for their patients.”
The hours immediately after an overdose are medically risky, but also present a unique opportunity to connect with and help those suffering from addiction. Certified Recovery Coaches will:
-Link individuals to treatment and recovery resources
-Provide education on overdose, prevention, and obtaining Nalaxone
-Provide additional resources to patients and their family members
-Contact the individual after they are released, with a follow-up call
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States, exceeding those from automobile accidents.
About Care New England
Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center. For more information, visit www.carenewengland.org.
About The Providence Center
TPC is a non-profit community mental health organization founded in 1969 that now serves more than 12,000 children and adults annually through twenty-three locations in Providence, Burrillville, Cranston, Pawtucket, and Warwick, Rhode Island. Its services include more than 40 programs and wraparound services for mental health and addiction treatment. The Providence Center’s budget for the fiscal year ending July 30, 2014 is $45.3 million. The organization employs 650 staff members. For more information, visit www.providencecenter.org.
About the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
BHDDH is recognized by the federal government as Rhode Island’s Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities entity. The Department is committed to assuring access to quality services and supports for Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse issues and chronic, long-term medical and psychiatric conditions.In addition to planning for the development of new services and prevention activities, the department’s mission includes addressing the stigma attached to these disabilities. For more information, visit www.bhddh.ri.gov.