Partnerships to reduce prescription drug abuse

March 28th, 2018

The Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center, in partnership with Monadnock Family Services, Phoenix House Keene Center, Monadnock Voices for Prevention, and the Keene Serenity Center, has received a three-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy to address prescription drug abuse by creating a Behavioral Health Partner Network.

The goal of the new network will be to bridge the current gaps in communication between physicians, mental health providers, addiction treatment centers, and recovery agencies, creating a model of community-based service and cross-referrals among the partners in the program. The network will enable the partners to better manage and monitor those patients with chronic controlled substance prescriptions, reducing the occurrence of prescription drug overuse, misuse, and abuse.

The three-year grant work will strengthen healthcare provider relationships, expand capacity for providing medication assisted treatment (MAT), and enhance existing services.