Message from Toni McGuire, President and CEO
While strides have been made in combating the opioid crisis in our country, substance use remains high and continues to be a primary concern for most communities. Abuse of substances crosses all genders, races, cultures and economic lines. It is a universal issue that can only be addressed through an ongoing and concerted effort.
The very nature of community health centers makes us natural leaders in fighting this battle. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, “health centers are breaking down barriers to care, bolstering their effective service delivery model, and expanding their capacity to deliver SUD treatment.”
Over the past few years, Kennedy CHC has been able to secure grants from both the state and federal governments to grow its substance use treatment programs. With support from the Department of Public Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration, our behavioral health and primary care provider teams are able to work together to help our patients fight this disorder that cripples their lives.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is currently considered to be one of the best front-line practices to treat patients with substance use disorders. Kennedy CHC offers patients access to MAT services through the successful integration of mental health, substance use and primary care. Integrated services is a hallmark of Kennedy CHC. Our provider teams have been working for years to insure that a holistic approach to health care is offered to all of our patients. Our experience and expertise in providing integrated care is now being utilized to address a disorder that is disrupting the health of so many people and the communities in which they live.
President and CEO