Meet Jane – A Center of Excellence Patient

first_img July 18, 2016   SHARE  TWEET Meet Jane – A Center of Excellence Patient Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Centers of Excellence help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities. Care management teams coordinate care and provide warm transitions to new parts of the treatment process.A common misconception about the Centers of Excellence is that they are only physical locations where people can walk in and receive treatment. While most of the centers will provide direct treatment, in reality when we use the term “center” we are referring to a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.To better explain how Centers of Excellence work, let’s use an example.Meet Jane. Jane is suffering from opioid use disorder. When she decided to get treatment for her illness, she sought initial help at a health care facility – like a hospital, her primary care physician, or with a behavioral health specialist. Let’s say Jane went to her primary care physician – Dr. Smith.With informed consent, Dr. Smith notifies the Center of Excellence team that Jane is seeking treatment. A Center of Excellence health team professional – let’s call this person Tim – arrives on site and completes an assessment of Jane to determine her specific needs. Tim then develops a treatment plan for Jane that recommends the appropriate level of care.Tim then ensures coordination of Jane’s care with a Center of Excellence team. If Jane consents, her family can also be involved in Jane’s care. Other members of her Center of Excellence team may include behavioral and physical health care providers, community-based care navigators, and community-based resources that can help Jane obtain food, housing, and apply for jobs.Tim sets Jane up with Dr. Mansfield – a drug and alcohol (D&A) provider that will help Jane with her opioid use disorder. But in addition to her opioid use disorder, Jane also has anxiety and asthma. In order to help treat Jane as a whole person, Tim connects Jane with Dr. Boyer, a mental health provider that can help treat Jane’s anxiety, and Dr. Nolan, a physical health provider that can help treat Jane’s asthma.Behavioral health providers include mental health providers as well as D&A providers. D&A providers – like Dr. Mansfield – help provide evidence-based treatment which would include recovery supports, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation services, and detoxification. Mental health providers – like Dr. Boyer – would provide evidence based treatment consisting of counseling or talking therapies and medications for conditions such as anxiety, severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.Physical health providers – like Dr. Nolan – would provide treatment for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart attack, and seizures but could also treat anxiety and depression.Both physical health and behavioral health physicians that have specific training can provide medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder with medications such as methadone and buprenorphine.Jane will receive all available supports coordinated by her Centers for Excellence team such as referral to employment services, housing support, legal support, and faith based resources. The care team, which is led and coordinated by Tim, oversees everything from the evaluation to the referral process, through follow-up care.This is how Jane receives the treatment she needs and starts on the path to recovery through the Centers of Excellence. Working with Tim, her family, Dr. Smith, Dr. Mansfield, Dr. Boyer, and Dr. Nolan, Jane is able to get the care that she needs.Investing in Addiction TreatmentGovernor Wolf’s 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in Medical Assistance funding, totaling $15 million. This will allow DHS to draw down $5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million.This critical funding will enable the Department of Human Services, during phase one, to implement 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence that will treat approximately 4,500 people like Jane that currently are not able to access treatment.The Department is also working with its actuaries to determine the number of additional centers that can be funded with the $5 million in state Medical Assistance funds and $5.4 million in federal funds by analyzing the impact they will have on Medicaid managed care rates. The Department of Human Services will announce any additional Medicaid-funded OUD Centers of Excellence in August. By: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

President Buhari meets with ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners

first_imgBring Back our Girls campaigners Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held his first meeting with campaigners calling for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern town of Chibok last year.The militant Islamist group, whose six-year insurgency has seen thousands killed in Africa’s most populous nation and top oil producer, caused an international outcry when it took the girls from secondary school dormitories in April 2014.Buhari praised members of the Bring Back Our Girls group for their efforts to prevent the missing children being forgotten.“Nobody in Nigeria or outside could have missed your consistency and persistence,” said Buhari during the meeting at his presidential villa in the capital, Abuja.“I think you will agree that the present government takes the issue very seriously,” he said, adding that the military was working with neighboring countries to ensure a regional task force could fight the insurgency.Earlier this year an Amnesty International report said that Boko Haram had kidnapped at least 2,000 Nigerian women and girls since the start of 2014, many of whom were sexually abused or trained to fight.In a statement, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners said the safe return of the schoolgirls would “amount to the strongest statement that our government has respect for the sanctity and dignity of every Nigerian life”.The frequency of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern states has increased since the president vowed in his inauguration speech of May 29 that the group would be crushed.More than 200 people died in a string of attacks last week and dozens more have been killed in northern Nigeria and Chad in the last few days.Boko Haram, which has been trying to establish a state adhering to strict sharia law in northeast Nigeria, controlled an area larger than Belgium at the end of 2014.Nigerian and regional forces pushed the jihadists out of most of that territory in the last few months but the militants have a last stronghold in the Sambisa forest reserve and, with the increase in attacks, appear to be growing in strength.last_img read more

Acadian Trojans score another win

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 ORONO — The Acadian Trojans dominated all comers at the Maine Basketball Festival at the University of Maine at Orono on Saturday and Sunday. The undefeated team won games by as much as 38 points. The closest game of the day was a not-so-slim 16-point win.Acadian Trojan Ben Walls was the tournament MVP. He racked up an impressive 112 points over the five-game tournament.For complete story see the March 12, 2009 edition of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest Posts This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Bazdarevic to publish the List of Players against Israel

first_imgMehmed Bazdarevic, the coach of the Football National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will publish a list of candidates for the upcoming match against Israel on Friday.The list will be published at the official press conference of the Football Alliance of B&H, and the backbone of the list for the match against Israel, will be made of the well-known footballers.Apparently, there will be no debutants, given that Mario Vrancic injured in the last league match against Stuttgart, while Ermin Zec is coming back to the national team after four years.Gathering of the BH Team is scheduled for 3rd June in Sarajevo, and our players will move to the Training camp in Zenica on the eighth day and train there until one of the most important games in qualifications for the European Championship.(Source: sportsport.ba)last_img read more