The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Inc. announced that the Health Center recently became the only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New York City to be awarded a comprehensive NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) grant designed to diagnose and treat patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Only nine other facilities in New York State received similar grants to combat the ever-growing opioid epidemic and overdose-related deaths. Addabbo currently offers vital opioid use disorder treatment services to the communities served by the Health Center but this grant will allow the facility to expand and enhance its current program by offering critically needed additional services including medication-assisted treatment. All five sites of the Health Center will be involved in this extensive grant program.
The continuing rise of this critical healthcare issue challenges healthcare facilities across the State of New York to improve access to OUD treatment and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Working closely with its OASAS-certified partner, RevCore Recovery Center and its resources and partners, Addabbo will undertake significant outreach and marketing efforts to engage residents with undiagnosed and untreated OUD. The project’s patients will receive integrated primary healthcare, oral health care and enabling services (e.g., transportation, etc.) at one of JPAFHC’s five sites. This new multi-faceted program will be closely integrated with the Center’s strong Behavioral Health program. Lisa Simon, LCSWR, LNHA, Director of Behavioral Health, will be an integral part of this OASAS grant. “It is always very rewarding to finally reach someone who has been disconnected from healthcare,” says Ms. Simon. “We are very excited to work with our partner, RevCore Recovery Center, and to play a primary role in this outreach and enhanced treatment program.”