A short informational video is underway now to help health professionals understand the path of the patient between hospitals and community resources, including behavioral health partners.
CommCARE President and CEO Terry Trafton explains, "The video will help us all better understand all parts of the collaborative effort with a spotlight on our Recovery Coaches. Our ultimate goal is for EPICC Recovery Coaches to meet with patients who are in the emergency room due to opioid overdose or high risk opioid use. In addition to meeting with the client, we hope to reduce hospital use, decrease risk of overdose and increase opportunities to engage in recovery services. The video will help health professionals understand how that can work."
Jonathan Boese, Manager of EPICC by CommCARE, says, "We follow a person-centered,
medication first model. If the client is interested, we can work with them after hospital discharge to connect them to on-going Medication Assisted Recovery Services. We provide Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution, discuss treatment options and other recovery services, and provide on-going peer support."
The informational video will help professionals understand the path of the program, which is the first of its kind in the region to fight the opioid crisis in Missouri.