The Health and Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded Northern Light Health a three-year $1 million Federal grant as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation.
The program supports opioid use prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural communities.
Northern Light Health is a Maine health care system comprised of 10 hospitals, eight nursing homes, and a physician-led medical group. It is working in collaboration with a consortium of community partners, Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield to reduce substance use disorder/opioid use disorder (SUD/OUD) in the Sebasticook Valley region.
“People in rural communities suffering with opioid use disorder face increased challenges accessing services during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a $1 million federal grant will go a long way in eliminating barriers to services that exist due to geographic limitations,” Dr. Terri Vieira, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital president, said.
The grant will be used to achieve five goals: increase community awareness of substance-use prevention and overdose response; improve access to comprehensive SUD/OUD treatment services; improve regional community and clinical supports for treatment and recovery;
improve regional coordination and communication for SUD/OUD response; and improve clinical workflow and data availability for screening and treatment referral of SUD/OUD.