To help address the ongoing opioid crisis, Beacon Health Options (Beacon), a leading behavioral health services company headquartered in Boston, announced it will be distributing $128,800 in grants to four community-based behavioral health organizations including Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Bournewood Health Systems, Lowell House, and North Suffolk Mental Health. The four were selected after a competitive process that sought to fund programs that help improve pathways to, and engagement in, MAT. Grant funding will help the awardees increase their clients’ connectivity to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), an evidence-based approach to treating opioid use disorder (OUD).
The awarded projects are diverse in nature and include implementing tele-behavioral health on a mobile addiction clinic (Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program); and developing an outpatient MAT program, including the use of smart phone technology (Bournewood Health Systems). Additional projects include adopting innovative software technology to increase engagement and ongoing adherence rates to MAT treatment plans (North Suffolk Mental Health); and utilizing Uber Health to mitigate transportation barriers to accessing MAT (Lowell House). Funding is in place for one year, with the potential to continue for a second year depending on program outcomes.
Beacon Health Options is a leading behavioral health services company that serves 40 million individuals across all 50 states. The company works with employers, health plans, and government agencies to provide robust mental health and addiction services through innovative programs and solutions that improve the health and wellness of people every day. Beacon is a national leader in the fields of mental and emotional wellbeing, addiction, recovery, and employee health.
The mission of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program has been to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless individuals and families in the greater Boston area. The support of Beacon Health Options is allowing BHCHP to undertake a new intervention that will increase pathways to integrated medication for opioid use disorder and behavioral health services for exceptionally vulnerable people: those who are experiencing the health threats of homelessness and a heightened risk of overdose.
Bournewood Health Systems has continuously provided behavioral health treatment since 1884 to persons with severe mental health conditions, adolescents with severe emotional disturbances, and persons with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. With grant funding from Beacon, BHS will develop an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program to complement its current ambulatory dual diagnosis partial hospitalization program.
Lowell House, Inc. empowers people and their families to rebuild their lives and strengthen their communities by providing the skills and freedom to live a sober and dignified life. Lowell House services include an outpatient clinic, recovery coaching, supportive case management, a structured outpatient addiction Program, residential recovery homes, sober homes, driver alcohol education programs, and an ever-expanding list of community services for those at risk for or struggling with addiction.
North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Inc. has been providing community-based mental health services to individuals and families in the Boston North Suffolk area for over sixty years. NSMHA has developed an integrated system of treatment, rehabilitation, and support programs to promote the recovery of people of all ages living with mental illness and/or addiction disorders.
This was reported by Beacon Health Options on September 4, 2019.
Contact information: Beacon Health Options, 200 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02109; 888-204-5581; Website: www.beaconhealthoptions.com
Contact information: Bournewood Health Systems, 300 South Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467; 800-468-4358; Website: www.bournewood.com
Contact information: Lowell House, Inc., 101 Jackson Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852; 978-459-8656; Website: http://lowellhouseinc.org
Contact information: North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Inc., 301 Broadway, Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150; 617-889-4860; Website: http://northsuffolk.org