On March 11, 2016, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced that CHANGE, Inc. was one of five community health centers across West Virginia to receive funding to improve and expand substance abuse services and focus on treating opioid use disorders. CHANGE, Inc.’s Family Medical Care Community Health Center was awarded $370,204 towards their Behavioral Health division to help fight substance abuse here in the Ohio Valley.
“CHANGE, Inc. Board of Directors and management are pleased to hear that the agency was awarded the Substance Abuse Service Expansion Supplemental Funding. This money will be an addition to our existing Community Health Center grant. When the funding application became available to Community Health Centers, we knew instantly we needed to apply in order to help fight drug addiction in the Northern Panhandle. Our current Behavioral team consists of one part-time Psychiatrist and one part-time Nurse Practitioner with Behavioral Health, as well as a full-time licensed clinical social worker, which is clearly not enough staff to help address the drug issues of our valley,” stated Judy Raveaux, CEO of CHANGE, Inc.
The funding will increase the number of behavioral health staff for screening for substance use disorders, conduct interventions by integrating behavioral health staff with our existing primary care staff, and educate area healthcare providers to help them make informed prescribing decisions and addressing the over-prescribing of opioids. Raveaux stated, “CHANGE is working closely with the Cognitive Medicine Practice for medication addiction therapy to assure persons identifying with substance abuse problems have the means to achieve and sustain recovery.”
For more information on CHANGE, Inc.’s programs and services, please visit www.test.changeinc.org.
To see the original press release issued, visit Senator Joe Manchin’s website here.