SOMERSWORTH,  March 28, 2016 – On March 11, 2016 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that four health centers in New Hampshire, including Goodwin Community Health, will receive grant funding to help combat the heroin and prescription opioid abuse crisis. According to HHS, a total of $94 million in funding will be awarded to support 271 health centers in the U.S., which will facilitate the hiring of 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 patients across the country. Goodwin received the largest award given in New Hampshire— $379,167.

The grants will expand and improve availability of substance abuse treatment through Community Health Centers like Goodwin Community Health.  As a result, Goodwin will soon begin offering Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  Both programs are aimed at improving access to treatment and recovery to the greater Strafford County area.

An IOP will be available in April for men and women struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. You do not have to be a patient of Goodwin to participate in the IOP.  It is designed for individuals aged 17 and older who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder.  The participant, counselor, and Medication Assisted Treatment provider (if applicable) will create a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that will include goals and expectations around IOP, individual therapy, family involvement, and case management.

Goodwin is also expanding health services to include a MAT program that combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders specifically buprenorphine, commonly known by its brand names Suboxone and Subutex, and Naltrexone, commonly known as Vivitrol.  It will only be available to a limited number of patients who establish primary care through Goodwin Community Health and meet the criteria for MAT.

“We are grateful for this support as it will allow us to increase the number of patients we screen for substance use disorders and connect to treatment, increase the number of patients with access to MAT for opioid misuse and other substance use disorder treatment, and provide training and educational resources to help our staff make more informed prescribing decisions,” says Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health.  “Support of this magnitude is greatly appreciated and will allow us to do even more to make an impact on NH’s opiate crisis that has hit Strafford County particularly hard.”

Other New Hampshire based Community Health Centers to receive funding include: Indian Stream Health Center in Colebrook; Harbor Homes, Inc. in Nashua; and Mid-State Health Center in Plymouth.

To learn more about the new MAT and IOP programs at Goodwin Community Health visit http://goodwinch.org/services/ or call 603-749-2346 x758.

About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Goodwin Community Health empowers people to maximize health and well-being and strives to make its array of programs and health services integrated, convenient, high quality, affordable and easy to access.  Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth or online at GoodwinCH.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

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