With federal dollars are directed toward the opioid crisis, three rural communities are using innovative approaches. Finding a specific subpopulation they can help, certain interventions or programs are being put into place. In Ohio, the Portsmouth City Health Department has a patient navigator who meets with individuals to find the best way to access court-ordered addiction treatment. Comprehensive harm reduction services are also part of the program. The Lake Cumberland District Health Department in Kentucky is setting up a program to help inmates remain free of drugs once they are released, helping to set them up immediately with rehabilitation services. The Bighorn Valley Health Center in Montana reaches out to new and expectant mothers through nurse navigator home visits. The goal is to improve family health in general and offer medication assisted treatment for addiction when needed. Read more about these stores and the use of grant funds for treatment and recovery care coordination.
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