2017-04-30 / Front Page

Grant helps York Hospital to offer opiate addiction treatment


YORK — A planning grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation will help York Hospital to increase medical training and build treatment capacity in order to begin offering medication-assisted treatment services to people who are struggling with opiate addiction, including medically underserved populations. 

MeHAF grant funding, which totals $100,000 over two years, will support the York Hospital Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment program in the Seacoast Area and southern York County.

Maine's opioid crisis claimed 378 lives last year. Among the counties with the highest number of opioid-related deaths, York County ranked second with 38 deaths and fourth in natal abstinence syndrome, with 86 births.  

"Doctors have a mandate to alleviate pain and suffering, but also have a social responsibility to patients and their families," said York Hospital’s Director of Emergency Services Dr. Robert Hulefeld. "I’d like to see prescription monitoring programs across state lines, more treatment options, and community resources."

Under the provisions of the grant, York Hospital will engage a broad-based network of partners, including primary care providers, behavioral health specialists with expertise in substance use and addiction care, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and peer support and mutual aid groups, to ensure the necessary referral relationships and wrap-around services to support expanded access to MAT in primary care settings. 

"York Hospital plans to design a new patient treatment and recovery program. Based upon our recent success with the Opioid Roundtable Community Group, a collaborative of hospital executives, clinicians, counselors and community partners to address the growing opioid epidemic in our area, we understand the important institutional role the hospital plays in southern Maine and will lead efforts to support successful recovery for our residents," said York Hospital President and CEO Jud Knox.

"We remember — these are our patients, our families, friends and neighbors," Knox said. "And we will not stand idly by while this epidemic grows in our community."

For more information about York Hospital services and providers, call York Hospital’s Friendraising Office at 351-2385 or send an email to info@yorkhospital.com.

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