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Cheshire Medical Center Awarded $85,000 to Create a Controlled Substance Management Network

January 23, 2015
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center was recently awarded an $85,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy to establish a Controlled Substance Management Network (CSMN).  This one-year planning project will partner Cheshire Medical Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene provider group (CMC/DHK) with Monadnock Family Services community mental health agency and Phoenix House Keene Center, a leading non-profit provider of addiction services. This grant will be used to support an effort to manage the growing epidemic of prescription drug overuse, misuse, abuse, and addiction in Cheshire County and New Hampshire.

The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a network capable of better integrating behavioral health into a primary care setting, with a focus on the best possible controlled substance prescribing and management, including shared care coordination for behavioral health needs and addiction services. The current structure can be frustrating to patients and providers and there has been a lack of adequate treatment resources.

“Fortunately, our network partners and a significant number of other regional organizations have already begun to confront this problem,” said Rudy Fedrizzi, MD, director of community health clinical integration at CMC/DHK. “Working together, these organizations will contribute to the CSMN planning process to leverage prior strategic and tactical planning, focus on relationship building and coordination of services, and generate a plan for implementation and sustainability,” Fedrizzi continued.

The CMSN will assess community need, audit community resources, and develop the effective communication and cooperative relationships necessary to coordinate the implementation of comprehensive, best-practice controlled substance prescribing, monitoring, and management.

The CSMN will also work to understand and mitigate barriers to delivering healthcare in the Monadnock region and help to create an integrated healthcare system that increases capacity and expands access to primary care services, improves coordination of care for co-occurring mental/behavioral health, and creates efficiencies among community-wide providers and support services. As a result, our entire rural health care system will be strengthened with an emphasis on wellness.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock (formerly Vision 2020) is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

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