Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation (CS-HHC) will utilize Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) funding to expand its current Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) (Buprenorphine and Methadone) program at its Ansonia care site. The project’s target population is low-income patients in Connecticut’s Lower Naugatuck Valley who experience Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Established in 1968, CS-HHC was the first Federally Qualified Health Center in Connecticut. CS-HHC offers a full range of integrated medical, behavioral health, and dental care to over 35,000 clients in Greater New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
Project Name: Purposeful Response to Opioid Use Disorder (PROUD).
Population to be served: PROUD will offer integrated behavioral health (SUD/mental health) treatment, including MAT, (and integrated HIV/HCV treatment as needed) to people with OUD in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding towns. Connecticut experienced a 13.3% increase in drug overdose deaths in 2020 when compared to 2019, when the state’s drug overdose death rate was the 6th highest in the nation at 34.7 deaths per 100,000 total population. New Haven County, CT which encompasses the Valley and the city of New Haven, experienced the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the state for 2019-2020. The county’s death rate of 44.2 deaths per 100,000 total population not only represented a significant increase over the previous year (36.9), but it far outpaced the statewide rate of 34.7.
Strategies/Interventions: PROUD will use evidence-based practices (EBPs) such as MAT (Buprenorphine and Methadone), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and group therapies to treat those with OUD. Also, PROUD staff will screen clients for co-occurring mental health disorders and coordinate integrated behavioral health treatment as needed.
Goals and objectives: The program’s three main goals are to: (1) Expand the number of individuals with OUD who receive MAT treatment, (2) Increase retention among Proud clients; and (3) Enhance service delivery through the provision of integrated behavioral health treatment for clients with co-occurring disorders. Key objectives include: (1) For the 2021-26 period CS-HHC expects to serve 370 clients in Year 1 and 415 clients per year in Years 2-6 (2) Ensuring 90% of PROUD clients receive referrals and enabling services to maintain MAT treatment engagement; and (3) retaining 60% of PROUD clients for at least six months.
Number of People Served: CS-HHC Anticipates serving 1,000 unduplicated clients for the 2021-26 program period.