(MEDFORD, OR 10/1/18). Rogue Community Health (RCH) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) awarded a grant of $295,000 to expand access to diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and to treat substance use disorders. This is part of the ongoing effort to address the national opioid crisis.
Nationwide, $352 million was awarded to 1,232 community health centers including 25 health centers in Oregon. The awards support the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources and Services Administration (HHS) Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which launched last year to empower local communities to expand access to substance use treatment and behavioral health services.
RCH provides medication assisted treatment (MAT), behavioral health counseling, and care coordination services to patients with substance use disorders (SUD). This grant funding provides for renovation of the existing health center at 19 Myrtle Street in Medford to better facilitate provider and patient engagement in the complex treatment of SUDs. The funds will also allow RCH to hire the additional staff needed to meet the growing demand for addiction and mental health care professionals.
“There is still so much work to be done,” said Daniel Weiner, DO, Chief Medical Officer for RCH.
“This funding will help RCH greatly enhance access to both addiction and mental health services in our community,” Weiner added.
Jackson County issued a “yellow alert” on September 27th as a result of “higher than usual” admissions to local hospitals from people experiencing accidental overdose from illegal drugs. Jackson County is one of six counties in Oregon listed as a HIDTA, high intensity drug trafficking area, mostly due to its proximity to Interstate 5. Naloxone, a medication that quickly reverses opioid overdose, is available to Rogue Community Health patients through its pharmacies in White City and Medford. RCH also offers “drug take back” receptacles located at Medford and White City health centers for patients and community members who wish to safely dispose of their unused over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Rogue Community Health is accepting new patients for primary care, dental, behavioral health services and medication assisted treatment. For questions, visit www.roguecommunityhealth.org or call 541-773-3863.