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Helping Strengthen Opioid Treatment Services

April 8, 2016

With opioid and other substance use an increasing concern, JSI is assisting health centers to build on their existing programs to expand access to substance abuse treatment in a primary care setting.

In March 2016, Health Resources and Services Administration provided substance use expansion grants to health clinics to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

JSI recently helped the Portland Community Health Center in successful application and award of a grant from HRSA to provide treatment for those with opioid and other addiction. The grant will enable the Center to expand their substance abuse services to meet the growing demand in their service are due to increases in opiate use, declining services available in the community, and growing uninsured adult population. The Center will expand its staff and services to ensure broader screening and access to treatment to services at a time when addressing addiction is a public health priority for the city of Portland, the state of Maine, and the nation.

Learn more about Health and Human Services’ awards to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America.

Learn more about an new initiative in Portland that’s using recovering drug users and victims' family members stories to craft suggestions for tackling the opioid epidemic. The Portland Press Herald covered the initiative launch.