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Screening and Recovery Centers

A Planning Process funded by the ND Consensus Council

Heartview was recently awarded a Community Innovation Grant via the ND Consensus Council to explore the development of Screening and Recovery Centers using technology based strategies to provide and improve behavioral health and substance use disorder services.   Four underserved communities, including one reservation, will be selected to participate in the planning project.  The Centers would use technology-based behavioral health tools developed by Heartview.  These tools are cost effective and uniquely suited to rural and frontier areas.  They are often referred to as “clinical extenders” and the service methodology is known as “technology assisted care”.  

Heartview proposes to identify four interested communities to invest in and partner with Heartview to:

  • Conduct a needs assessment utilizing existing data and data compiled from a behavioral health screening identifying unmet behavioral health needs in the community
  • Partner in the development of a plan to address unmet behavioral health needs
  • Develop, at a minimum, a center for behavioral health screening and recovery
  • Identify funding streams/resources necessary to meet local behavior health needs
  • Address behavioral health workforce shortages in the community

Heartview technology includes:

  • Recovery Kit. The Recovery Kit Portal was designed to enhance recovery by providing the electronic means for counselors to maintain ongoing contact with clients following treatment (continuing care) and to measure recovery progress.
  • SSPR. The Screening, Service Planning and Referral (SSPR) Portal was designed to screen clients for substance abuse and mental health issues and provide tools for service planning and referral.
  • Network Assisted Recovery. NAR is web-based private online social network of aftercare patients and addiction clinical staff to collectively supporting recovery through engagement and education.
  • Teleports.  These HIPPA secure ports provide telehealth services and consultation via video conferencing.

Several other unique features address workforce issues including:

  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialty Internships and Exposure
  • Stipends for SUD Internships
  • Technology Based Supervision
  • Addiction Related Training including Naloxone, SBIRT, Mental Health First Aid. (Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioids, especially in overdose)

The four communities (one being a reservation) will work with Heartview to gather data and develop a unique plan to start to address the behavioral health needs of each community.  The goal of this process is to develop rural models for underserved populations in rural communities throughout the state.  Heartview proposes to achieve this by developing satellite centers that could deliver, at a minimum, screening and referral, evaluations and post-treatment recovery centers with sustainable funding.

The identification of the four communities will be accomplished through a competitive process based on a community application.  The application will identify local stakeholders, willingness to partner to address the needs and hardships presented by addiction, and the resources currently available. Communities interested in participating in the planning phase of the S&R project would be selected based upon:

√ Stakeholder  & Community Support                        √  Unmet behavioral health needs

√ Available or potential funding                                    √  Cost of living

√ Staffing potential                                                             √  Office space & technology support

While the models will vary, a Screening and Recovery Center could:

  • Develop partnerships with primary care facilities, social service agencies, public health entities, domestic violence programs, homeless and housing organizations and detention centers to screen clients for behavioral health issues using SSPR portals developed for their unique populations.
  • Provide screening, referral and services planning for behavioral health issues using SSPR portals for persons not associated with partnering agencies.
  • Provide behavioral health consultation and training for primary care facilities, domestic violence programs, and detention centers regarding available mental health and addictions services, referral for services and identification of unmet needs.
  • Provide recovery services & case management for clients returning to the area served by the center.
  • Provide Substance Use Disorder telehealth services such as substance use disorder assessment, individual counseling and continuing services/aftercare at “remote” sites.
  • Provide 1st responders with training on the administration of Naloxone.

Communities, counties and reservations interested can email Heartview (doug@heartview.org) indicating their interest in being considered along with information on the primary contact (name, email, organization, phone, etc.).  The project advisory group will select communities in July and schedule site visits at the convenience of the community.  Emails must be received by July 1, 2016.  Contact Doug Herzog (doug@heartview.org) or Beth Stroup-Menge (beth@heartview.org) if you need any additional information on this project or if you have interest in the Recovery Kit or the SSPR-Screening, Service Planning or Referral portals.

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