Town Hall, Feb 25: Community Health & Dental Care, Inc. Announces Integrated Treatment Program for Opioid Use Disorder

Christine Tarlecki
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Community Health & Dental Care, Inc. (CHDC) has been re-designated through the PA Department of Human Services (DHS) to continue as a Center of Excellence (COE) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).  

COE’s is team-based and “whole-person” focused, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. Beginning as a grant-funded program, COE’s moved into the Medicaid reimbursed fee-for-service payment model.

In January of this year, CHDC was awarded the permanent re-designation for the COE specialty service to aid in the treatment of OUD.

“COEs treat individuals with OUD, but it includes much more than the substance use treatment or clinical intervention,” says Derek Hammacher, MA, LPC, Director of Behavioral Heath for CHDC, “including connecting and monitoring patients to physical health treatment such as diabetes management, mental health treatment such as anxiety or depression, and coordinating care across multiple domains, including social determinant needs, job training, housing and transportation support, and childcare.”

“Our COE team provides case management for individuals diagnosed with OUD.  We coordinate and monitor care, and we are one of two teams in Montgomery County,” he says.

On Thursday, February 25th at 5 PM, the Behavioral Health team at CHDC will kick off a free, three-part educational virtual town hall series on Opioid Use Disorder.

People are encouraged to attend and learn more about OUD, how to identify individuals who may have signs of dependence or addiction, and treatment plan options.

To register, please click here.

About Community Health & Dental Care
Since 2008,  CHDC provides medical, dental, OBGYN, vision, podiatry, physical therapy, medication assistance therapy (MAT), integrated behavioral health, care and case management, and free transportation to and from all CHDC health center locations in Pottstown and Barto. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact them at 610-326-9460, email, or visit their website.

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