Posts Tagged ‘harm reduction’

More About MATTERS: Webinar & Panel Discussion

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

September 7, 1-2pm – New York MATTERS is a statewide referral network that has connected over 1,000 individuals to essential medications for opioid use disorder and additional support services. They have developed an electronic referral platform (hosted by the New York State Department of Health) to efficiently refer patients with opioid use disorder from emergency departments along with OB/GYN offices, correctional facilities, inpatient units, pre-hospital settings, etc. to community-based clinics. The app is now available in the Apple and Google Play stores, helping to connect patients, providers, first responders, and community organizations.


Panelists include:
Caleigh Loughran, NYSDOH Program Manager
Matthew Fallico, MSW, NYSDOH Program Coordinator
Sarah Santos, Hudson Valley Regional Care Coordinator with HVCS
Emily Payne, MSPH, NYSDOH Epidemiologist & Data Evaluator

Join and learn more about this program. The panel will briefly describe its roots and reasons for its
success and growth beyond borders and beyond its technical platform. We will explore the data-driven
lessons learned from the growth of the program, the role of community partners and regional care
coordinators, and how it all dovetails with SEPs and Health Hubs. We are hosting this webinar as a meeting format to encourage dialogue and collaboration throughout. This webinar is free to attend.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
REGISTER TODAY!

Health Hub Expands To Dutchess County

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Thanks to a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HVCS is now able to expand its Health Hub services to Dutchess County. The grant is administered by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.

The Health Hub works with clients who have an opioid use disorder and provides them with prescriptions for buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone. This medication prevents the feelings of withdrawal without causing a “high.” People who are on Buprenorphine are able to avoid withdrawal, reduce their chances of relapse, and engage in healthier decisions. Clients access a medical professional on a regular basis: in this case, clients will meet with a provider from Cornerstone Family Healthcare via telehealth visits.

The regular contact required by the Buprenorphine prescription also allows staff to gain the client’s trust, address other livestyle issues such as food access, housing, HIV and STI testing, and refer them to any other necessary services.

The Health Hub has operated in Orange and Sullivan counties for many years. We are grateful to be the recipient of these funds so that we can expand a successful program with a proven track record of reducing the harm of opioids on another county in the Hudson Valley.

New Video: Fentanyl Test Strips

Friday, March 26th, 2021

How much do you know about fentanyl test strips? Why, and how, should you use them? When funding allows, we provide these for free to our clients. Be smarter and safer, test first!

NYS Withholding Payments to HVCS: Substance Use Programs Could Be Impacted

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Gotham Gazette reported on New York State’s withholding of payments on contractual services already provided by HVCS and its potential impact on programs and staffing. HVCS is not the only nonprofit facing this dilemma by far. Thanks to Gotham Gazette for covering this issue.

“With the pandemic blowing a hole in the economy and leading to a drastic drop in state tax revenue, budget officials have for months been withholding payments for state contracts to manage cash flows. Among the victims of that fiscal approach are substance use treatment providers who are being forced to cut already-limited services and consider staff layoffs and furloughs, which they say will likely lead to a sharp increase in overdoses and new disease outbreaks around the state.”

Read the full article here.