Opioid Treatment Program Expands to Kansas City

What happens after an opioid overdose?


In response to the national opioid crisis, CommCARE is the newest provider of Engaging Patients In Care Coordination (EPICC). Based upon successful implementation of the state's first EPICC program in St. Louis, the program expanded to Columbia and is now launching in Kansas City. EPICC promotes a ‘Medication First’ model through transitions of care.


CommCARE President and CEO Terry Trafton

CommCARE President and CEO Terry Trafton says, "The EPICC program is supported by the Department of Mental Health and the Missouri Hospital Association. We start by treating victims of opioid overdose at emergency rooms with a medication that helps with their withdrawal symptoms. Patients are provided counseling that helps them take critical steps toward recovery from addiction."


CommCARE is collaborating with six community mental health centers (Swope Behavioral Health, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health, ReDiscover Mental Health Services, Heartland Center for Behavioral Change, and Comprehensive Mental Health Services); and six Kansas City-area hospitals (Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill, Truman Medical Center – Lakewood, Saint Luke’s Hospital – Kansas City Plaza, Saint Luke’s Hospital – Northland, North Kansas City Hospital, Excelsior Springs Medical Center) to ensure patients are connected to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Substance Use and Mental Health treatment, and community resources as means to enhancing the recovery process.


NOW HIRING. CommCARE is hiring six Certified Peer Recovery Coaches, a Clinical Program Manager, and an AmeriCorps VISTA.


In response to the national opioid crisis, CommCARE is the newest provider of Engaging Patients In Care Coordination (EPICC)

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