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League Announces SUSTAIN Communities Grantee Awards

Ten community health centers have been chosen to participate in the inaugural cohort of the GE Foundation-funded SUSTAIN Communities (Substance Use Support & Technical Assistance IN Communities) initiative. With additional support from Partners HealthCare, the ten health centers will receive customized coaching, training and support to build capacity for preventing and treating substance use disorders in their communities.

The awardees are: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Caring Health Center, Codman Square Health Center, Community Health Center of Cape Cod, DotHouse Health, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Lowell Community Health Center, Mattapan Community Health Center and South End Community Health Center.

The program will be managed by the League and includes four components: 1) Executive Coaching on change management; 2) SUD "Champions" Team Creation leveraging a Risk Rounds model developed at MGH; 3) CHC Physician-led, On-site Peer Mentoring for addiction services; and 4) Case-based Team Learning through a BMC-led Opioid Addiction Treatment Project ECHO® virtual clinic. In addition, participating health centers will receive a $50,000 stipend for multi-disciplinary care teams to dedicate time to this initiative. The 12-month program will kick off on Wednesday, March 1st and Thursday March 2nd at a two-day Executive Coaching Leadership retreat hosted at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods.

Importantly, the GE Foundation has made other significant investments to strengthen addiction medicine leadership and knowledge at health centers. The expansion of Boston Medical Center’s existing Nurse Care Manager Model for Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) offers additional opportunities for health centers to access waiver training for providers, on-site technical assistance, and on-going support in the work to establish or advance medication assisted treatment programs. In addition, all health centers are invited to apply for participation in one of five HRSA-sponsored Opioid Addiction Treatment Project ECHO® virtual clinics, including the one directed by BMC. All health centers will have access to these programs regardless of their participation in the SUSTAIN Communities grant. For more information, contact Kerin O'Toole or Carla Bettano.


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