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Community Health Center of Cape Cod Now Offers Medicated-Assisted Treatment Program to Public

September 28, 2017

 Community Health Center of Cape Cod believes everyone deserves accessible, affordable, high-quality care and is committed to expanding medical and behavioral health services for substance use disorder prevention and treatment. As a result, the Health Center’s structured and safe outpatient, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program is now available to the public. All individuals can participate even if they are not a registered patient of CHC of Cape Cod.

Since 2010, the Health Center has offered an office based opioid treatment program, and the overwhelming current need in the community has led to a significant expansion of this program. The MAT program at the Health Center involves the use of Suboxone or Vivitrol to treat individuals with substance use disorders. Vivitrol blocks the pleasurable feelings produced by using opioids and alcohol. Suboxone helps to diminish cravings, does not produce a high, and blocks or reduces the effect of heroin and other opioids. Participants in the MAT program at CHC of Cape Cod can count on care in a safe and empowering environment, development of an integrated treatment plan, access to comprehensive services at CHC, personalized pathways to recovery through consistent guidance and Medication-Assisted Treatments.

During weekly visits with a combination of certified physicians, registered nurses, behavioral health clinicians and support staff, the CHC team will assist patients with their recovery, supporting them both physically and emotionally. Education for maintaining a healthier lifestyle is an important step on the road to recovery, and  this program provides individuals with the necessary tools to live a healthy drug-free and alcohol-free life.

Medication-Assisted Treatment services are available at all three CHC of Cape Cod locations in Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne. For more information about the MAT program and Addictions Treatment at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, visit www.chcofcapecod.org/services/addictions, or call 508-477-7090 ext. 3106.

Legislators Gather to Discuss Importance of Community Health Centers #NHCW17

August 17, 2017

Click  here on CapeCod.com to read about the Legislative Breakfast during National Health Center Week #NHCW17 where local leaders addressed the keys to healthier communities.

Cape Legislators Vow to Fight Prevention Program Cuts

August 4, 2017

Legislators and Community health centers met in a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the importance of Prevention and Wellness Funding in terms of patient preventative and complex care. We are committed to reauthorizing funding in the State budget for the PWTF. To see a full Cape Cod Times article, click here.

 

CHC of Cape Cod Wins Regional Favorite in 2017 Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards

July 19, 2017

Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod received Gold recognition in the Wicked Local 2017 Readers Choice Awards for “Regional Favorite” in the Doctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician category. CHC of Cape Cod also received Silver recognition for “Regional Favorite” in the Dentist or Dental Office category.  These regional awards include votes for organizations from the following towns: Barnstable/Hyannis, Bourne, Dennis, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich and Yarmouth.

In addition to these regional awards, CHC of Cape Cod was a Readers Choice Award winner in Mashpee, placing first in the following three categories: first choice for Doctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician, first choice for Dentist or Dental Office and first choice for Optical Shop. The Health Center is thankful to the community for voting it as a top location to receive care on the mid and upper Cape.   For 20 years, the Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards have provided communities an opportunity to recognize their favorite local businesses. Wicked Local Favorites is part of the Wicked Local network of websites.

Cape Cod Times: Overdose Reversal Drug Donated to Community Health Centers

June 11, 2017

Click here to read a Cape Cod Times article on the State of Massachusetts providing more Naloxone to 10 Community Health Centers, including CHC of Cape Cod.

 

CHC of Cape Cod to Host Monthly Drop-In Night, Launched by Mashpee Substance Use Task Force

June 2, 2017

Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod will host a substance use drop-in night the first Tuesday of every month beginning Tuesday, June 6. The drop-in nights will take place from 4-8 pm, at the Health Center’s Mashpee location at 107 Commercial Street.  Launched by the Mashpee Substance Use Task Force, the drop-in night will provide treatment options, counseling and education to individuals and families struggling with substance use and addiction. This drop-in center model is the first of its kind on Cape Cod.

The events are free to attend and are open to all. A number of human services organizations will be represented each month, including CHC of Cape Cod, South Bay Mental Health Center, Gosnold, Duffy Health Center, Adcare and Parents Supporting Parents. The drop-in nights will feature five to 10 “recovery angels” offering active substance users and their loved ones support. There will also be a clinician available at each session to meet with individuals and to get them appropriate treatment.

“Hopefully attendees can find help in some way and point a loved one in the right direction,” said Jennifer Monaghan, RN, Addiction Program Coordinator at Community Health Center of Cape Cod.

Community Health Center of Cape Cod believes everyone deserves accessible, affordable, high-quality care and is committed to expanding medical and behavioral health services for substance use disorder prevention and treatment. More information about our substance use treatment at Community Health Center of Cape Cod is available at www.chcofcapecod.org. Child watch will be available from 6-8pm at the Health Center.  The first drop-in night will take place on June 6 from 4-8 pm and the July session will be held on July 11 because of the holiday.

Cape Cod Times: United Way Funds CHC Substance Abuse Expansion

May 17, 2017

CHC of Cape Cod is one of 37 community programs to receive funding from the Cape and Islands United Way. The funds are designated for the Health Center’s Substance Abuse program expansion. To view the complete article in the Cape Cod Times, click here.

The GE Foundation Selects CHC of Cape Cod to Participate in Substance Abuse Initiative

April 19, 2017

Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod is one of 10 community health centers to have been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the GE Foundation-funded SUSTAIN Communities (Substance Use Support & Technical Assistance In Communities) initiative. With additional assistance from Partners HealthCare, the ten health centers will receive customized coaching, training and support to build capacity for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in their communities.

The awardees are: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Caring Health Center, Codman Square Health Center, Community Health Center of Cape Cod, DotHouse Health, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Lowell Community Health Center, Mattapan Community Health Center and South End Community Health Center.

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers will manage the program, which will include executive coaching on change management, on-site peer mentoring for addiction services and case-based team learning sessions. Furthermore, participating health centers will receive a $50,000 stipend for multi-disciplinary care teams to commit time to this initiative.

Community Health Center of Cape Cod believes everyone deserves accessible, affordable, high-quality care and is committed to expanding medical and behavioral health services for substance use disorder prevention and treatment. CHC of Cape Cod plans to expand access to care for at least 900 individuals over the next two years. It also aims to implement a Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) to strengthen integration with behavioral health services and to expand its scope beyond substance abuse to overall pain and addictions management.

The Falmouth Enterprise: Healthcare Challenges in State

April 14, 2017

Click here to read a feature article in The Falmouth Enterprise about the concerns of rising healthcare costs in the State and how community health centers, like CHC of Cape Cod, can help offer a solution. CEO Karen Gardner is featured in the article!